Whalley Range Community WalkaboutThis project was developed to support older residents who may feel excluded/isolated within their neighbourhood.
Benefit 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.
Whalley Range & Chorlton Age Friendly (AF) group
Buzz health and Wellbeing Service
Whalley Range Community Forum
The Whalley Range Walkabout aimed to promote assets within the local area including the age-friendly benches which have recently been provided by the council.
AF Whalley Range & Chorlton supported us with mapping the area for seats and suitable walking routes.
A map of the walk about and invitation was produced by the buzz team, and promoted face to face and electronically with residents.
This project aimed to:
- Raise awareness of community assets
- Share power dynamics with older residents by using the streets of their neighbourhood as a meeting space
- Improve knowledge of staff around what’s important to local older residents
- Identify key strengths within communities
- Identify opportunities for new projects
‘It was great to get out with other people and to share what we knew about in the area where we all live, it has helped me find out about things I hadn’t heard of before and also helped me learn about the local history as I moved to this area after retirement’
The Walk About took place on Monday 2nd December 2019 11:00-13:00 and involved 2 buzz workers and 2 residents. One of the residents was a local expert, and shared lots of insight into the local history.
This walk about also did a stop of at the Muslim heritage museum where we were given a talk from a staff member about the museum. One of the residents on the walk about has lived in the area for 3 years, and has never been in this museum. She had wanted to go in, but had never had anybody to go into it with her, she said that she will be returning now she’s seen how welcoming the staff where.
This walk about was so successful it is not being replicated in other neighbourhoods across the city.
Strategic links to local/national policies
Helping people live healthier lives
Increased mental wellbeing
Reducing avoidable illness/death
Helping people age well
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.
Yasmin Holgeth - Age Friendly Neighbourhood Health Worker
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