Neighbourhood Health Worker
My role is varied but it mostly involves supporting local people to develop groups and health initiatives that they want to see in their area. I can help to find venues and source funding as well as promote sessions. I support existing networks such as Age Friendly Manchester and Start Well Develop Well. I can help link people to services as well as helping services to get to know about each other. I help to promote everything that is great about our area and all the brilliant work that goes on within it.
I’d always wanted to work in health and after working for Brook Advisory Service for several years during university and after, I got a new role at Manchester City Council working for the Healthy Living Network in north Manchester. This service then became part of a wider network called buzz, so I have worked in local communities for over ten years.
I love seeing all the amazing work that goes on within local communities. It really warms my heart to see how communities can pull together. I also love working with such a great team who are always there to help.
I have two small children so I love going on fun family day trips with them. I like to keep fit and am a member of a local running club, but my favourite is aerial arts such as aerial hoop.
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