Wythenshawe Games 2019

Wythenshawe Games 2019

5 day free sports event in Wythenshawe Park for Health Zone 2019

Benefit of social activities

Connecting with others is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, five evidence-based actions which can improve personal wellbeing. Social connectedness has a strong positive impact on both physical and mental health. Increased social connectedness is linked to reduced mortality risk, healthier lifestyles and higher cognitive functioning. Socially well-connected people are more resilient, feel more able to take charge of their lives and less stressed. Older adults that are socially connected experience increased life satisfaction.

Location

Wythenshawe Park

Project team

Manchester Local Care Organisation – Health Development Coordinators

Buzz – Neighbourhood Health Workers

Aim

The Wythenshawe Games is a 5 day free sports festival that takes place in Wythenshawe Park.

Buzz in partnership with the Health Development Coordinators coordinated the Health Zone.

"It was a fantastic event!"

Evaluation

The key outcomes for the project to achieve were:

  • Collaborative working between Primary Care, Buzz, HDC’s and wider partners
  • Improve connections of community resources
  • Contribute to the positive story of the neighbourhood
  • Opportunity for community health promotion and self- care discussions
  • Improve outcomes for people in difficult social circumstances

The Wythenshawe Games 2019 was a success and proved to be a positive local event.

Strategic links to local/national policies

Benefit

Policy

Social inclusion

Manchester Population Health Plan

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

Enabling resilient communities

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Helping people live healthier lives

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

The Manchester Locality Plan – A Healthier Manchester

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Manchester Prevention Programme

Research/evidence base

Global Council on Brain Health (2017) - The Brain and Social Connectedness

Ministry of Social Development (2018) - The measurement of social connectedness and its relationship to wellbeing

New Economics Foundation (2008) – Five ways to wellbeing

Oliver Huxhold, Martina Miche, Benjamin Schüz. (2014) Benefits of Having Friends in Older Ages: Differential Effects of Informal Social Activities on Well-Being in Middle-Aged and Older Adults, The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 69, Issue 3, Pages 366–375.

Umberson, D. & Montez, J. K. (2010) Social Relationships and Health: A Flashpoint for Health Policy. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 51(S) S54–S66.

Contact

Emma Farrell - Neighbourhood Health Worker

Emma.farrell@gmmh.nhs.uk

Tel: 0161 271 0582


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