People Powered Health approaches in GM

Earlier this year, with the support of Nesta, we captured a series of stories of people powered approaches from across GM. These stories are in people’s own words, and reflect a wide range of projects across the 10 GM boroughs. We published this booklet under the 10GM logo. We would love to know what you…

The Stockport food project update

In Stockport, our partners Kindling Trust, the Alvanley GP practice and Starting Point cafe are making fantastic progress on developing our work on food. You can see a project update here: https://kindling.org.uk/Social_Prescribing  

Plans for 2017-8

Our project in Stockport, Oldham and Tameside is just completing a bid in to NHS England for year 3 funding. When I say Year 3, I need to clarify – Year 1 was the last month of the Financial Year of 2015/6, so it’s not that we are under reporting here – just a quirk…

Food and social movements in Stockport

Food is a health issue in so very many ways. Whether we are thinking about eating healthy nutritious food, access to food and food poverty, sustainable food – there are many aspects to consider. In Stockport, as part of our work looking at how to create/nurture/get out of the way of social movements in health,…

Heart and Parcel

Last week I had the chance to briefly meet Heart and Parcel at one of their regular workshops, this time at Inspire in Levenshulme. Heart and Parcel are another brilliant example of a project that mobilises the strengths and knowledge of people, and empowers its participants, building confidence and skills, experimenting with new ideas…Heart and…

Winner takes all

The soup movement emerged in Detroit in 2010 as the city went bust. Since then, this simple crowd funding model has gone global, and Soup events have been taking place around Greater Manchester over the past 18 months. The premise of a soup event is that people come together, share a meal of soup, donating…

Realising the Value

Today I’m at the event to share the learning from the Realising the Value programme. The report identifies 10 key actions to put people and communities at the heart of health and wellbeing:   ://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/ten-key-actions-put-people-and-communities-heart-health-and-wellbeing 

Social movements in health primer published

Yesterday we were pleased to be at the launch of the social movements primer by Nesta. If you want to get under the skin of what social movements in health are about, this paper is a fantastic place to start. I wish we’d had this earlier this year when we began the work in Stockport,…

EDUCATE -Early Dementia Users Cooperative Aiming To Educate

Yesterday I had the chance to meet with a group of people who have all been diagnosed with dementia, and meet together regularly to share experiences, support each other and educate others. Educate in Stockport was set up in 2009, as part of the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP) DEEP The project is funded and…

The Leviathan and the Choir

I am an avid reader of a number of blogs, including TheTiredOptimist’s blogs. In his latest blog, Leviathan and the Choir, Mark talks about social movements and the role of public bodies…I’ll leave you to read his words for yourself – but make sure you follow him, and SevenDaysofAction. The Leviathan and the Choir Thanks…