Tue, 15 Oct 2019
9:30 - 12:30
Alcohol related harm is an issue which impacts on many lives and communities in both visible and hidden ways, and costs public services in Greater Manchester £1.3 billion every year. In late 2018 the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) started the Big Alcohol Conversation, a major public engagement exercise that reached out to residents across the city region, to explore the scale and nature of alcohol-related harm in Greater Manchester (GM) and the steps that can be taken to help address it.
The GMHSCP were delighted with both the overall level of engagement (7,186 survey responses; over 900 conversation events facilitated by 68 VCSE partners) and the effectiveness of the campaign (independently evaluated to have registered with 24% / equivalent of 700,000 residents; with significant increases in awareness of harms and appetite for change among those who saw it). It is clear that the GM VCSE sector made a significant contribution to this engagement exercise and this is something that should be celebrated as our work and input clearly has influenced this work at a GM level.
With all the results analysed and accompanying reporting complete, the GMHSCP are now looking at turning the words into actions – and developing the Ambition for Alcohol for Greater Manchester from the insight they have gathered. Involvement of people and communities will continue to be central.
To this end, a partners workshop is being hosted with GMCVO/10GM on Tuesday 15th October 2019 9.30 - 12.30 at the St Thomas Centre, Manchester, M12 6FZ. The event is an opportunity to:
- Receive feedback on the Big Alcohol Conversation report findings
- Help progress the drafting of a GM Ambition for Alcohol