No 93 Christmas Lunch 2019

No 93 Christmas Lunch 2019

A Christmas lunch for the community

Benefit 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.


No93, Harpurhey

Project team

No 93

Recovery Pathways

Health me, Health Communities

Wellbeing Fund

Services users of No93

No93 Singing Group


Two community Lunches at No93 for Christmas, 30 people each day.

The lunches will be provided by the café at No93 and we will have activities on the day and Christmas carols with the No 93 singing group.

This will be a great way to provide lunch, celebrations and company to people who may not receive this over the holidays.

I decided to do this after conversations with some of the service users from No93, myself and Daniel a service user who sits on the wellbeing panel sat down and wrote a £500 EOI for the Manchester Wellbeing Fund to pay for decorations, games and activities for the day. The food was priced at just £5 and included a full Christmas dinner, desert and a chocolate gift. We decided to ticket and charge for the day, as from previous experience when offered for free a lot of people have not turned up on the day.


"A beautiful and tasty dinner and pudding lovely. So glad I called in today."


The feedback from the two days was over 80% positive. The feedback for activities and the day overall was positive, individuals had suggestions around how the food could be better next time.

The activities included wreath making which was done by Kate Ulrick from Recovery pathways, unfortunately she could only do one day, this was very successful and next year I would hope to have this on both day and would feel happy delivering this myself after leaning in the session. This could also be something that I can deliver in other places.

We also had board games to play, I made two different quizzes to do after the lunch on each day and we had carols before lunch from the singing group at No93.

65 people had lunch in total, which was over the 60 we had ticketed for.

We also had a fully family come and join us with a grandma, mother and teenage granddaughter.

Strategic links to local/national policies



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.


Lauren Evans - Neighbourhood Health Worker

T: 0161 271 0565

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