West Gorton Christmas Singalong

West Gorton Christmas Singalong

Residents, Tenants Associations & the Over 50’s Group provided a festive event to bring together the generations in West Gorton

Benefit of intergenerational projects

Intergenerational projects provide opportunities for bringing older and younger people together, and building relationships and understanding between those who live and learn in the same community. Intergenerational practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities such as sharing skills, memories and ideas between the different generations which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building more cohesive communities. The beauty of intergenerational events is that the benefits go both ways. Studies show that children who participate in activities with older adults tend to have improved reading scores, communication skills, problem-solving skills and a positive attitude toward community service.

Location

Gorton

Project team

West Gorton Community Centre

West Gorton Over 50’s Group

Clowes St Residents Association

Bennet St Residents Association

Ambition for Ageing

Manchester City Council

Manchester Local Care Organisation

Buzz

Aim

The aim of this project was to connect residents across the West Gorton estate in a Covid secure way by delivering ‘West Gorton Christmas Sing Along - on your doorstep’ and providing hampers for the over 50s group members who have been feeling very excluded to remind them that they are valued within the neighbourhood.

this made me feel over the moon, a little sunshine at this horrible time’ – over 50s group members.

Testimonials

‘The jingle bells singalong was fantastic’ – Heather (West Gorton Resident and community centre volunteer)

‘For the past 9 months Residents have had a massive change to their way of living, which was Covid-19, to the point residents have either lost their jobs or were Furloughed, which meant a cut in the wages, which meant they struggled to pay bills feed their families.

Most of them had a situation where they had to go to a food banks, one such food bank was West Gorton Community Room.

Which was run by Dot, Heather and Chris, they could see that they needed to help in these circumstances, and Christmas was just around the corner, and my word didn't they do just that.

They had a Christmas Tree put up in the park, dropped singing sheets through doors, to tell the resident they were having a Christmas social distance sing along, which was fantastic, it boosted the residents moral.

But it didn't end there! They put together Christmas Hampers for the over 50s, which were well received, Dot, Heather and Chris were selfless, putting other peoples needs before their own.

They have worked so hard over the Christmas Period to make sure families had something to look forward to, in these times of uncertainty.

They are an amazing group of Residents and they are a pleasure to know and work alongside.' Cllr Tina Hewitson’

Evaluation

The project was promoted well with a day of door to door promotion taking place across the whole estate with support from the local neighbourhood officer, health development coordinator, councillor and neighbourhood health workers.

West Gorton Medical Practice were also very receptive to promoting the event.

They put up leaflets in their practice, did a post on their Facebook page (300 followers) and sent a text message (7,000 patients) to make people aware it was taking place.

The activity created something for people to look forward to and provided a lot of cheer.

Residents on the estate, especially those older, isolated neighbours, had a wonderful time feeling part of a connected and inclusive event which gave a nice memory of the festive period after a difficult year.

Recipients of the festive hampers where delighted, one resident was so overwhelmed that they cried and said ‘nobody has ever done anything like this for me before’ which just goes to show the importance of reaching out to people who may have little or no social contacts and ensuring they know that they are valued and appreciated in their community.

Strategic links to local/national policies

Benefit

Policy

Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Social integration

Manchester Population Health Plan

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

Helping child development

Developing Well: Aged 6 to 11 years

Developing well: Aged 11 to 19 years

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

Lessen isolation and loneliness

Manchester Population Health Plan

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

Greater Manchester Age Friendly Strategy

Research/evidence base

University of Stirling (2010) Intergenerational place-based education: where schools, communities and nature meet.

Clark, Michael, et al. (2016) Integrated working and intergenerational projects: a study of the use of sporting memories. Journal of Integrated Care, 24 (5/6). pp. 300-312.

Statham, E. (2009). Promoting intergenerational programmes: where is the evidence to inform policy and practice? Evidence and Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 5(4), pp.471-488.

Carolyn Kagan, et al. (2012) Intergenerational work, social capital and wellbeing. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice Volume 3, Issue 4

Local Government Education and Children's Services Research Programme (2010) Intergenerational practice: outcomes and effectiveness

Alan Hatton Yeo/Beth Johnson Foundation (2007) Intergenerational practice: Active participation across the generations

Contact

Yasmin Holgeth - Neighbourhood Health Worker. Age Friendly team (Central division)

Yasmin.Holgeth@gmmh.nhs.uk

T: 07425536823


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