Wythenshawe Age Friendly Winter Warmer bags

Wythenshawe Age Friendly Winter Warmer bags

Project to help older residents stay warm and well in winter

Benefit of health networks

Age-friendly networks in local communities ensure good practice and good ideas are circulated from one area to another, and that all areas promote the idea of an age-friendly city. Taking part in the network empowers each member of the community to have greater control in their own health care.



Project team

Age Friendly Wythenshawe sub-group includes:

Local residents

Wythenshawe Forum Trust

South Manchester Lions

Manchester Local Care Organisation – Health development Coordinators

Wythenshawe Good Neighbours

The Tree of Life Centre



Our aim is to reach 500 housebound older people with Age Friendly wellbeing goody bags. The bags will include local service information and information on how to stay well and warm in winter, warm socks, a hat knitted by a local resident, hot drinks and soups, plus a Christmas card from us. The bags will be allocated and delivered to residents through the local district nurses.


Due to Covid-19 the evaluation of this project could not take place.

All bags were delivered to 500 residents across Wythenshawe.

Strategic links to local/national policies



Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Helping people age well

Taking Control of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester

Empowers people to take charge of their health

NHS Long Term Plan 2019

Enables people to live independently as they grow older

Manchester’s Self-Care Strategy

Creating an age-friendly city

Manchester Population Health Plan

Research/evidence base

Mantovani et al (2017) Engaging communities to improve mental health in African and Afro-Caribbean groups: the role of wellbeing champions Health & Social Care in the Community 25 (1) 167-176

NESTA – By us, for us: the power of co-design and co-delivery

NIHR – Improving community health networks for people with severe mental illness


Emma Farrell - Neighbourhood Health Worker


T: 0161 271 0582

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