Early in 2016, voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector leaders and Wellbeing Our Way began discussing how the programme could help foster local partnerships and shared learning across the region. Greater Manchester has a vibrant and diverse VCSE sector, made up of around 15,000 groups.
The implementation of full devolution from April 2016 offered a real opportunity for Greater Manchester's health and social care system to do things differently. Chris Larkin, Regional Director of the Stroke Association, blogged for us about what Greater Manchester devolution meant for the VCSE sector, and what Wellbeing Our Way's role could be.
We hosted peer support and supported self-management communities of practice for Greater Manchester, which brought together people with lived experience, representatives from VCSE organisations, and people working in statutory health and care organisations. Read more about the communities of practice in Storifies from peer support and supporting self-management workshops.
We discovered that, when working at a regional level, discussions around peer support and supporting self-management featured many overlapping themes. With this in mind we ran an event which encompassed both. You can download the resources shared at this event: a presentation from Mike Wild, CEO of Macc, on 'DevoManc', and the Building a Healthy Future programme run by Manchester Mind.