Manchester Green Trail Walk 6 – Review

Manchester Green Trail Walk 6 – Review

Resident-led review of Manchester Green Trail maps.

Aim

To show the ease and availability of walking within the city of Manchester. Salle from the Ramblers Association provided an introduction to the importance and power of walking before we started.

We wanted to highlight the Manchester Green Trails maps to residents, improving their knowledge of local exercise options available to them.

We aimed to collate feedback from resident walkers on how to make the maps more accessible, with a view to improve walking and movement in the neighbourhood.

Location

Ardwick, Moss Side & Rusholme

Benefits of exercise

Exercise is beneficial for both physical and mental health. In adults, exercise has a positive impact on numerous chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, whilst in older adults it has been shown to help prevent falls. Physical activity improves mental wellbeing across all ages, including for people with disabilities. Physical activity can also deliver cost savings to the health and care system by reducing preventable illness thus demand on services.

Benefits of social activities

Connecting with others is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, five evidence-based actions which can improve personal wellbeing. Social connectedness has a strong positive impact on both physical and mental health. Increased social connectedness is linked to reduced mortality risk, healthier lifestyles and higher cognitive functioning. Socially well-connected people are more resilient, feel more able to take charge of their lives and less stressed. Older adults that are socially connected experience increased life satisfaction.

Evaluation

The full trail was split into 2, for both of these 2 trails, 2 residents attend for the full route. Residents shared their knowledge of the area, green spaces, gardening and local trees. There was a number of last minute cancellations by residents due to a change in circumstances, and a hesitancy around COVID-19.

However, we still managed to gather extensive feedback, particularly around accessibility of the maps. This has been collated and sent to Salle at the Ramblers Association.

The conversations the project generated highlighted the importance of accurate advertising. As the routes were created with an intention of encouraging walking, some people felt that they assumed physical mobility and access to time, money, and transport.

This project showed the importance of co-production and getting the input of residents in advance.

The legacy of the project will be subject to the Ramblers Association’s and Manchester City Council’s next steps from the feedback given. For the residents who came on the walk, they did not know about the Manchester Green Trails and would be interested in trying out the others. Unfortunately, they did not find the maps easy to read, so have been advised to keep an eye out for the next update of the maps.


Project Team

buzz Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service

Ramblers Association

Residents of Ardwick, Longsight and Rusholme

Strategic links to local/national policies(Exercise)

Benefit

Policy

Helping people live healthier lives

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

The Manchester Locality Plan – A Healthier Manchester

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Manchester Prevention Programme

Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Reducing avoidable illness/death

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

The Manchester Locality Plan – A Healthier Manchester

Manchester Population Health Plan

Helping people age well

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Manchester Population Health Plan

Research/evidence base

Department of Health and Social Care (2019) - UK Chief Medical Officers' Physical Activity Guidelines 2019

Public Health England (2016) - Health matters: getting every adult active every day

Public Health England (2018) - Physical activity for general health benefits in disabled adults:

Summary of a rapid evidence review for the UK Chief Medical Officers’ update of the

physical activity guidelines.

Sherrington C, Fairhall NJ, Wallbank GK, Tiedemann A, Michaleff ZA, Howard K, Clemson L, Hopewell S, Lamb SE. (2019) Exercise for preventing falls in older people living in the community. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD012424.

Sport England (2017) - Review of evidence of the outcomes for sport and physical activity: A

rapid evidence review.

Strategic links to local/national policies (social activities)

Benefit

Policy

Social inclusion

Manchester Population Health Plan

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

Enabling resilient communities

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Helping people live healthier lives

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

The Manchester Locality Plan – A Healthier Manchester

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Manchester Prevention Programme

Research/evidence base

Global Council on Brain Health (2017) - The Brain and Social Connectedness

Ministry of Social Development (2018) - The measurement of social connectedness and its relationship to wellbeing

New Economics Foundation (2008) – Five ways to wellbeing

Oliver Huxhold, Martina Miche, Benjamin Schüz. (2014) Benefits of Having Friends in Older Ages: Differential Effects of Informal Social Activities on Well-Being in Middle-Aged and Older Adults, The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 69, Issue 3, Pages 366–375.

Umberson, D. & Montez, J. K. (2010) Social Relationships and Health: A Flashpoint for Health Policy. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 51(S) S54–S66.

Contact

Chris Doyle - Neighbourhood Health Worker

Chris.doyle@gmmh.nhs.uk


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