Wythenshawe Age Friendly Facebook page

Wythenshawe Age Friendly Facebook page

Facebook page to share information about local services and community and voluntary sector groups

Benefit of digital inclusion

Digital inclusion has numerous benefits that have a positive impact on multiple areas of an individual’s life. These benefits include: increased connection; improved mental wellbeing; access to learning; increased employability; economic benefits; health benefits e.g. increased self-care, more informed decision making; increased independent living for people with disabilities.

Location

Wythenshawe (Northenden, Brooklands, Baguley, Sharston and Wythenshawe Park)

Project team

Buzz

Fred – Northenden resident (Admin)

Kath – Northenden resident (Admin)

Aim

The Wythenshawe Age Friendly Network wanted to create a space for people to stay engaged in community activities and find out what was happening in their local area.

We share existing activities and videos from other organisations, there is a quiz which is hosted by a local Northenden resident, plus other activities such as singing, cooking, exercising etc.

Evaluation

The Facebook page has been growing steadily over the past 9 months and local residents have taken more control over what is uploaded onto the page. The network is currently reviewing how we can utilise this space more and make sure that we promote more community activities from across the area.

The network will continually review this space.

Strategic links to local/national policies

Benefit

Policy

Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Improving employment prospects

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

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Reduced health inequalities (as a result of improved employability, finances etc)

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

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

Supporting self-care and enabling individuals and communities to manage their own health and wellbeing

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

General Practice Forward View (NHS England, 2016)

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

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Manchester’s Self-Care Strategy

Manchester Prevention Programme

Addressing the digital divide

UK Digital Strategy 2017

Research/evidence base

Age UK (2018) - Digital Inclusion Evidence Review 2018

Centre for Economics and Business Research (2015) - The economic impact of Basic Digital Skills and inclusion in the UK

DevicesDotNow (2020) - Interim Impact Report #2: 24 March - 26 June

Iriss (2020) - Digital inclusion, exclusion and participation

Tinder Foundation and the Good Things Foundation (2016) - HEALTH & DIGITAL: REDUCING INEQUALITIES, IMPROVING SOCIETY - An evaluation of the Widening Digital Participation programme.

Contact

Emma Farrell - Neighbourhood Health Worker

Emma.farrell@gmmh.nhs.uk

T. 0161 271 0582


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"From each contact we have had with buzz we have been able to see their passion and expertise in promoting the health of children in Manchester."

Jennifer, Specialist Nurse, Looked After Children Team

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