Thousands of Greater Manchester residents took part in our recent Taking Charge Together campaign to assess why people are motivated to make both healthy, and unhealthy, lifestyle choices – and there was one lucky winner of a voucher to get a set of family bikes.

The Taking Charge Together snapshot survey has provided the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership with an invaluable insight into the motivations of the region’s 2.8million residents as we take charge of a £6billion health and social care budget.

The full extent of the survey results are currently being evaluated but the ideas and comments will be used to shape health and social care plans across Greater Manchester for the next five years.

A total of over six thousand people including staff and carers took part in the survey and all participants were entered into a free prize draw to win the bike voucher. John Fielding, from Radcliffe in Manchester, was the lucky entrant drawn at random.

John, who works for the young people’s drug and alcohol charity Early Break, helping young people and their families in Rochdale, Bury and the wider Greater Manchester area, was surprised and delighted when notified of his good fortune.

Early Break
Competition winner John Fielding, who works for the young people’s drug and alcohol charity Early Break

John said: “Wow what can I say I never expected that. Thanks once again. This prize will definitely improve mine and my family’s health.

“Off the back of winning this bike voucher, the plan for the future  is to complete a Charity Challenge Bike Ride for Early Break on my new bike (getting fit and healthy in the process) and of course lots of fresh air and  family bike rides out with the Wife and Kids!”

Residents across Greater Manchester were invited to join a conversation about everything from exercise to mental health by filling in a quick survey and joining an online conversation.

The feedback will be now used to help Health and Social Care bosses tackle some of the worst health outcomes in the country, by:

  • revealing insight into what the people of Greater Manchester believe blocks or enables healthy choices
  • helping health and care officials to design services that can deliver the greatest and fastest improvement in the region’s health and wellbeing
  • identifying great work in the region that can be celebrated and developed at scale across the region

More detailed outcomes from the snapshot survey will be released in due course.