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. You can see the document here: http://www.10gm.org.uk/?page_id=458 We…

Call to Action – Film Release

People involved in movement building activities in Stockport, Tameside, Oldham and beyond came together on 21 March, 2017 at the People’s History Museum,  Manchester to take part in creative, celebratory and constructive movement building activities. The Call to Action mobilised activists from world of arts, food and other creative activities; all keen to increase connectedness and…

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 

A local movement of older people in Manchester

  A movement of older people has been taking shape in South Manchester set in motion by local housing association Southway Housing Trust, who in 2012 commissioned the first Age Friendly Neighbourhood Research project.  A key aspect of the research was the involvement of older people at its centre.  It led to the formation of a group…

Stockport presentation on social movements

Stockport based Nick Dixon, Vanguard Lead for Empowering Patients and Communities, shares the latest thinking and developments in social movements in a local context. The  building-a-social-movement-for-health presentation was given to the Stockport policy and research forum on 19 October, 2016.