Rainbow Haven Vaccination and Outreach Event

Rainbow Haven Vaccination and Outreach Event

Linking up community wellbeing groups with a vaccination event at Rainbow Haven Centre for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.


A community vaccination event at Rainbow Haven, a community centre supporting refugees and asylum seekers, was organised by Primary Care Manchester. The aim for buzz Manchester was to identify local organisations who support health and wellbeing to participate in the event, and promote outreach of services supporting health and wellbeing.



Benefits of health promotion

Health promotion supports personal and social development and enables people to take more control over their own health. Providing information and screening are some examples of health promotion. Giving people access to relevant and accurate health information puts them in a better position to make healthier choices for prevention and self-management of conditions. Qualitative data shows that opportunistic and community-based screening opportunities can reach people who would not have accessed screening otherwise.


“Noah continues to actively support Ryder Brow Community Allotment Society, and told us about the event at Rainbow Haven well in advance so that we could prepare a promotional campaign.” - Marva Lashley, Ryder Brow Community Allotment Society Chairperson

“Noah was very friendly and helpful on the day. He sat with me some of the time, chatting and making me feel comfortable in this place where I had never been before. Plus, I did not know the people so it was good that he took the time to keep me company. Noah helped me to set up the stand, supplied me with paper and marker pens so that I could write some signage, and helped me to distribute vegetables we took for giving away to the attendees. Noah also brought people over to the stand so they could sign up for the gardening project at the allotment.” - Michael Gordon, Ryder Brow Community Allotment Society Deputy Chairperson.


The local community group Ryder Brow Community Allotment Society were connected with the event and attended to encourage participation in their wellbeing workshops and volunteering opportunities at the allotment.

Wellbeing tote bags were also distributed containing leaflets including information about health services, community support, and health and wellbeing topics to raise awareness amongst participants at the event.

Project Team

Primary Care Manchester

Rainbow Haven Centre for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Ryder Brow Community Allotment Society

Strategic links to local/national policies



Empowers people

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (HM Government, 2010)

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

Supports prevention

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

The Manchester Prevention Programme

Supports self-care and self-management of conditions

Make Every Contact Count (Future Forum, Department of Health, 2011)

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

Manchester’s Self-Care Strategy

Increases participation for groups who would not usually access

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

Research/evidence base

King’s Fund (2008) Using Information to Promote Healthy Behaviours

Health Foundation (2011) Evidence: Helping People Help Themselves

Institute for Public Policy Research (2020) Prevention in the Age of Information: Public Education for Better Health

Perry et al (2016) The NHS health check programme in England: a qualitative study Health Promotion International, 31 (1), 106-115

WHO (1986) The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion


Noah Mellor - Neighbourhood Health Worker

Tel. 0161 271 0501

Mob. 07484 546326


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