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Health and Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing in Manchester is one of the Policy and Influence Team’s policy priorities. Below you can find the work we are doing in this area, where you can find out more, and how to get involved.

Community Explorers 

Our Community Explorers network is a group of individuals and organisations with an interest in health and wellbeing in Manchester who meet up to discuss, influence, connect and share knowledge. The group allows the voluntary and community sector to work in partnership with Manchester Integrated Care Partnership (MICP) in health and care service development.  

There are three sub-groups within Community Explorers, which meet separately every month in North, Central and South Manchester to share knowledge and resources, discuss current issues, and influence positive change to health and wellbeing in their area of Manchester. 

Macc facilitates the Community Explorers meetings in partnership with the MICP. It is an informal and valued opportunity to collaborate with others whilst sharing information about services and activities and directly influencing some of the key strategies across the city.  

To find out more or how you can get involved, please email [email protected] from our Policy & Influence Team.

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Leaders 

The VCSE Health and Wellbeing Leaders group is a meeting of people leading work on Health and Wellbeing in Manchester on behalf of the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector. 

The group is facillitated by Macc and meets every month. The ultimate aim is to provide Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector organisations with the opportunity to consider and engage with the work of key public sector bodies in Manchester. This work also involves acting as a critical friend to the wider health and care system across the city. 

Speakers from the NHS and local authorities are regularly asked to attend to update the group and to explore ways of collaborating on programmes of work. The Manchester VCSE Health and Wellbeing Leaders Group has formal responsibilities, and focuses on:  

  • Progressing the Memorandum of Understanding between the Manchester Local Care Organisation and the local VCSE sector;  
  • Facilitating representation on key boards, steering groups and committees and ensuring there is regular feedback to and from the wider VCSE sector;  
  • Upholding good practice in sector representation and participation of the sector.  

To find out more, or how you can get involved, email one of our Policy and Influence team