Rainbow Haven Vaccination and Outreach EventLinking 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.
Primary Care Manchester
Rainbow Haven Centre for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Ryder Brow Community Allotment Society
Strategic links to local/national policies
Supports self-care and self-management of conditions
Increases participation for groups who would not usually access
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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