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.

Health Champions

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!

Meet the Winners
Blema Dancers
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Blema Dancers are providing fun workshops of African drum and dance with the Woodberry Down community. The project organisers will teach weekly dance sessions at the youth hub The Edge, to boost energy and connections between people of all ages and abilities. Energetic routines of traditional dance will increase the health and fitness of participants.

For more information contact 07939377222

FREE classes from 4th October 2014 at The Edge Youth Hub, Woodberry Grove

Every Saturday from 11-3pm for all ages and every Monday 6:30-8:30pm for adults.

*PERFORMANCE* Saturday 25th October at the Redmond Community Centre to celebrate Black History Month from 12pm – drumming and dance workshops, performances and food. Find out about the event here.

Cordwainer's Garden
Kate and Nat CordwainersCordwainer’s Garden was set up by a group of neighbours on a disused piece of land belonging to the London College of Fashion in Hackney. They now have sixteen small allotments, a pond, a beehive and have regular open garden events. They aim to use the land to grow fruit, vegetables, dye plants, flowers and other things beneficial to the environment and local community. The workshops will promote healthy lifesteyles, including gardening, food growing in small spaces and containers, teabag-making, herbal remedies and natural cosmetics. Click here for more information

FREE workshops every Wednesday 12-2pm, starting 19th November – March 2015


Beyond Feelings Community Counseling
IMG_1402Beyond Feelings Community Counseling will offer free weekly massage and singing sessions to the elderly on Woodberry Down estate. Participants can get involved in any way they can – clapping, nodding, toe tapping, gentle dancing, and suggesting favourite songs from time gone by. These sessions will help to stimulate and relieve the body and mind.

Click here for more information.

FREE sessions every Tuesday 10am – 1pm, from 4th November until the 16th December 2014

Please feel free to drop in on a Tuesday or contact us for more information on:
0777 496 7119 or 0787 634 5457

The Luncheon Club
WD-Cook-&-Eat-Luncheon-Club-2Luncheon Club has been running at the Redmond Community Centre for over 5 years, providing wholesome home-made meals to the local elderly. It was first funded by Well London phase 1 and is a great success story of a group which has now formed into a locally-run business. Each week, the team makes healthy and affordable meals and now the Luncheon Club want to do more. Partnering with Wheelytots, the local cargo bike, the team will be able to deliver food to residents who are more isolated or immobile. Click here for more information.

£3 for meals every Tuesday 12-2pm at the Redmond Community Centre

Universal Board Games
Picture 070Universal Board Games are a Hackney-based charity that delivers quality play opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds, inspiring families to play together. The group will facilitate after school game playing clubs using a combination of street games and cultural board games from around the world at the Redmond Community Centre. The project will also involve parents during the half term and work with Woodberry Down Library, focusing on improving literacy and numeracy skills through games, also promoting team building and encouraging better communication between children and families. Check out some pictures here and more info on their after-school club!

Every Monday afternoon 3rd November – 19th January, 4-6pm

For ages 6 and up, families and anyone who enjoys Board Games welcome!

Contact Mem on or 07981589881

Made in Hackney
Made In Hackney

Made In Hackney are a local food kitchen that believes everyone should have access to nutritious, sustainable, locally grown food that’s good for people and planet. They focus on giving healthy alternative meals to the community. They will be running Cooking for Life courses at the Redmond Community Centre for local parents and other community members in which they will learn a range of cookery skills and how to make healthy lunches for their children’s packed lunches. One-off workshops also feature in 2015, Lunch Box Make Over 2nd March 1-3pm & Baby Weaning 09th March 11-1pm. All courses will also be delivering information about lowering salt intake and healthy cooking alternatives to aid good health when cooking at home. For more information about latest course click here.

Tado Ceramics

Tado Ceramics received an outcry of support from members of the community who have previously attended ceramics courses with Tunde. This funding will be used to extend learners skills in ceramics to an advanced level and add a sense of stability by providing skills to progress onto further study, employment or put on their own exhibition. There are plans for a kiln to be put in place at the Redmond Community Centre, gratefully donated by HAGA, with the aim to develop the RCC as a community health hub with more workshops in place. Click here for more information.

Every Friday from 3 – 6pm at the Redmond Community Centre

For more information contact Tunde on 07984456210

Knit n Natter
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Knit and Natter is a friendly knitting group that meet regularly on a Monday at the Redmond Community Centre. The groups focuses on how you can reduce energy use with practical initiatives like knitting draught excluders as well as getting neighbours to build resilient social networks. Now that they have secured funding they are looking to expand the size of the group as well as the resources available. They plan to advertise the sessions to bring more members of the community together to knit strong bonds. Click here for more information.

Every Monday from 5.30-7pm at the Redmond Community Centre


Wheelytots cargo bike is already a popular feature at the Redmond Community Centre with locals taking it out for a spin on the reservoir. David and the team fix bikes for free every Wednesday afternoon and offer free riding sessions. Now the team wants to branch out to little ones and teach cycling to toddlers on balance bikes to ensure solid safety and confidence on the road, for parents also to learn together and create healthier lifestyles. For more information click here

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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

Health Champions

Well London Champions 2009

A major feature of the Well London programme was the recruitment of Health Champions. The Champions were active members of the community who volunteered to become Ambassadors for health and wellbeing. They received training including first aid, money management, food safety and cooking courses. The Health Champions were pivotal to the spread of information across the estate and referrals to health services. They lead community groups including Snack and Chat, the Communiuty Choir, and the Woodberry Down Community Garden; and in some cases constituted the groups to organisations.

The Health Champions proved essential for the continued running of the groups and Well London’s legacy.

The Woodberry Down Community Garden

Residents at the Community Garden

 “For my mother you don’t just go for a walk you need a purpose for it. The garden was perfect for getting her out of the house. It had made a big difference.”

Well London made it possible to establish a community garden on the estate. Since then, the resident members have constituted the group and continue to enable residents to grow healthy food. MHDT and Berkeley Group recently sponsored the Community Garden at a Clean Up event.

Well London Community Map
Research undertaken during the project allowed partners to create a Well London Map of community resources.

The Can Money Buy Women Happiness project

The Can Money Buy Women Happiness project was offered to women living in the Brownswood area of Woodberry Down, to explore what would really make a difference to their happiness. It comprised eight morning well-being workshops between May and July 2010. Ten to fifteen women attended the eight workshops. At the end of the workshops participants ‘Dared to Dream’, coming up with ideas for how to make Brownswood a happier place, with £500 Well London funding each of the most popular dreams. These included trips to Paris and Chessington and a theatre trip and meal to see The Lion King. The members of the group bonded together through this whole process and continue to support each other.