Health improvement provides individuals and communities with information about factors that affect their wellbeing, and enabling them to develop the skills to make positive changes. Some of these changes will be obvious like giving up smoking, reducing salt use, increasing levels of physical activity. Others include environmental changes like growing wild flowers and how to cook healthy food.
Well London Phase 2 recruited ‘Health Champions’, who were active members of the community and volunteered to become Ambassadors for health and wellbeing. They received a package of training including first aid, food safety and cooking courses. The Health Champions are pivotal to the spread of information across the estate and referrals to local health services.
Participatory Budget Grants Programme
The Well London Coordinators in partnership with Manor House Development Trust managed 2 rounds of grants to fund local groups which contribute towards improving the health of residents. In July 2014, there was a Voting Day for the groups to pitch their ideas to an audience and local residents voted on their favourite ideas. Residents voted for 9 local groups who all received up to £3,000 to fund their community idea. Meet the winners below and find out dates and times for these free classes and workshops, from dancing to cooking and knitting!
Of 699 residents who took part in Well London activities:
- 559 people reported an increase in healthier eating
- 526 people reported increased access to affordable healthy food
- 496 people reported an increase in levels of physical activity
- 559 people reported that they felt more or much more positive