#ItsOkay Food Provisions Leaflet

#ItsOkay Food Provisions Leaflet

Outreach project to signpost residents in need of food provisions over winter period.

Benefit of community based projects

Volunteering in community projects and performing acts of kindness can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing. There is a small amount of evidence to suggest that getting involved in environmental activities and projects may also have a positive impact on physical health. Community engagement can foster a greater sense of ownership and identification with the local area, which may lead to long-term sustainability. It can also combat social exclusion and empower individuals.


Ardwick & Longsight

Project team

Neighbourhood Health Workers (Nico Dhillon, Aron Thornley, Yasmin Holgeth)

Ardwick & Longsight Mutual Aid Group (multiple partner organisations and individual volunteers)

Special mention to: Jenna Shaw (volunteer designer)

Food provisions (banks and grocers) mentioned in booklet:

Ardwick & Longsight Food Bank

Qadria Jilania Mosque

Work for Smile

Wonderfully Made Woman

Edo Diaspora UK CIC

Coverdale and Newbank Community Grocers

Brunswick Beestro

Bread and Butter Thing

Jubilee Church

West Gorton Community Grocers

Humans Manchester

Manchester Central Food Bank


To provide residents in need with information about local food banks and grocers.

To battle stigma around accessing food banks.


“Thanks so much for creating this spreadsheet, this will be really useful in the upcoming months!” - Food bank employee


This project was a success.

The information gathering took some time due to changes in COVID restrictions. However organisations involved were very receptive to being included in the booklet and the mission of ALMAG.

This project came about through successful appreciative enquiry using Zoom as a meeting tool. The Whatsapp group was a way to share updates and celebrate the work happening in the area.

A main success was the encouraging feedback received from local organisations on how they will also benefit from the engaging leaflet to signpost service users.

Working closely with Jenna (volunteer) was a great way to establish a connection with an engaged resident.

The leaflet was shared across organisations, residents, GPs and further afield.

Engagement tools:

  • Zoom
  • Emails
  • Phone
  • In person distribution

Strategic links to local/national policies



Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Social inclusion

More engaged in community

Manchester Population Health Plan

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Manchester Population Health Plan

Community ownership and long-term sustainability

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (HM Government, 2010)

Empowerment of individuals

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (HM Government, 2010)

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Increased physical activity and physical health

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Research/evidence base

Curry et al (2018) Happy to help? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of performing acts of kindness on the well-being of the actor. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 76, pp. 320-329

Husk et al; Cochrane Systematic Review (2016) Participation in environmental enhancement and conservation activities for health and well‐being in adults: a review of quantitative and qualitative evidence

NCVO (2018) Impactful Volunteering: Understanding the Impact of Volunteering on Volunteers

Pillemer et al (2010) Environmental Volunteering and Health Outcomes over a 20-Year Period, The Gerontologist, 50 (5), pp. 594-602

Public Health England (2015) A guide to community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing


Nico Dhillon - Neighbourhood Health Worker


T. 07553 708 029

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