Manchester's Refugee Walks
Our Neighbourhood Health Workers have been involved in funding and collaborating on Refugee Walks across Manchester since the start if the year, and in this blog post we look back, and forward, sharing these walks with you.
Refugee Walks have taken place in Longsight, where Neighbourhood Health Worker Chris worked with Sajida from Grass Routes Projects. Walks have also been set up in Whalley Range, where Neighbourhood Health Workers Aron and Laura collaborated with Angie from Boaz Trust.
Below, Sajida and Angie talk about the walks that have taken place, and looking ahead, there are going to be future walks happening in the Chorlton, Whalley Range and Fallowfield areas. Get in touch with buzz Neighbourhood Health Worker Aron for more information, you can email him at Aron.Thornley@gmmh.nhs.uk
Sajida from Grass Routes Projetcs...
With invaluable support from buzz Manchester to help develop the idea, our new approach to enabling access to the outdoors for vulnerable minoritised women has provided a dynamic and invigorating experience of positive mental health and wellbeing for the women. buzz have showcased what impactful support means for community development projects.
Grass Routes Projects seeks to support asylum seekers and refugees, and to provide new creative ways of improving access to the outdoors for this minoritised community of people.
Grass Routes Projects was set up by myself, a freelance outdoor skills worker based in Manchester. I work in outdoor spaces and landscapes to co-produce enriching and creative wellbeing activities, targeting minoritised and vulnerable people from the Black, Asian and refugee communities in and around Manchester.
Grass Routes Projects aims to work with people for whom there is often little or no opportunity for engagement with the outdoors. The initiative seeks to nurture a deeper connection between lived experiences, landscapes, self-development and wellness, and to bring a creative dimension to movement in outdoor projects with minoritised people.
Angie, Volunteer at Boaz Trust...
Today we shared life over a short (!) walk in the park, followed with hot chocolate and cake. Beauty. Dignity. Equality. Respect. Sharing. Listening.
It's so beautiful to see the park and the beautiful spring flowers through the eyes of those surprised by new growth and the hope of a new season.
Our time together included a (short!) walk, ice cream, beverages and snacks and so much fun, friendship, laughter and tears, in many languages, faiths and cultures. What a joy! It is a really special opportunity for the women to be together and also to be able to access the day as they have a full day bus pass. This is like gold to them! They went on to be together in the City centre, and some were able to visit other friends too.