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Community health activities

Looking after your health can be a fun and enjoyable experience.

A wide range of activities are available locally to help you:

  • lose weight and improve nutritional intake
  • get moving to improve fitness and flexibility
  • with health tips and lifestyle changes to avoid heart conditions
  • stop smoking.

These activities are delivered by our community partners, organisations that know the needs of local people and are easy to access. Some activities are more practical others have a learning feel and others more "creative".

Below is a list of our health activities with contact details. These activities run for short periods of time; make contact and see when the next activities are running:

Abbotshall Road Healthy Lifestyle Centre

A free community led initiative supporting inactive people of all ages to lead active and healthy lifestyles. Funded by The National Lottery through Sport England, ‘Active Lifestyles for All’ is a three year programme open to all residents aged 14 and over living in Catford South, Whitefoot, Downham,
Grove Park and Rushey Green wards. Including one to one support and activities for all.

Contact your local GP or pharmacy to arrange a meeting with an adviser or contact Carrie or Peter direct at the Healthy Lifestyle Centre on 020 8698 6637, email hello@abbotshallhlc.org or just drop in to find out more.

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles, Action for Community Development

ACFD will be promoting a series of community events and workshops to promote healthy living and build a stronger bond between communities and healthcare services.

Contact: Roderick Richards: 020 8692 2277, chp@actionforcd.org

My life my story, Age Exchange

The project seeks to increase mental wellbeing among more isolated elders and increase their sense of self-worth by delivering four reminiscence sessions where older people would be encouraged to share interests, stories about themselves and their life experience.

Contact: Malcolm Jones: 020 8318 9105 malcolm.jones@age-exchange.org.uk

Health and wellbeing project, Ageing Well Fun Club

Providing a range of health and wellbeing activities for older adults aged 55 and over. Contact: Muriel White 020 7732 7521 awfc@hotmail.co.uk

Healthy mind, healthy lifestyle, Deptford Reach

To improve health and wellbeing of local Lewisham residents through a 32 week structured therapeutic programme and will help to end stigma around addiction, mental health and focus on mindfulness. Activities will enable and support adults to enjoy the health, wellbeing and social benefits of various activities in a supportive environment whilst promoting health within the local community.

Contact: Dee Saund 020 8692 6548 Dee.saund@deptfordreach.org.uk

Eat a rainbow, Co-op

Eat a rainbow food co-op improves health and wellbeing within North Lewisham firstly by providing high-quality, low cost fruit and vegetables. This allows local people who may otherwise have trouble accessing fruit and vegetables due to their location or cost to choose a healthier diet.

Contact: Minnie Ashdown 07407186760 Minnie.ashdown@170cp.org.uk

Walk and talk, Family Services UK

To encourage those who might ordinarily not give themselves time or space to go on a walk, or those who have become isolated and would like to meet others in a relaxed environment. The walks will be geared towards those who are experiencing difficulties with physical and mental wellbeing aspects of their lives.

Contact: Corinna Shea 020 8265 1177 corinna@familyservices.org

Healthy eating, healthy activities, healthy life, Federation of Vietnamese refugees in Lewisham (FORVIL)

This project with its intensive activities and help from public health Lewisham’s experts, is aimed at improving Vietnamese people’s knowledge about "healthy eating" leading to a change of their bad eating habits and unhealthy lifestyle, in order to improve their health, including their mental wellbeing.

Contact Hanh Dan: 020 8694 0952 vhasiproject@aol.com

The Max-Wellbeing project, Global City International

Aims to decrease the incidences of health inequalities and improve the health of up to 40 French speaking Africans, specifically adults (men and women) aged 20–65, by providing a variety of health promotion activities.

Contact Immaculate Song 07948 578 501 immasong@yahoo.com

Wildlife gym, cook and eat, Grow Wild

This will be a weekly session where participants can engage with both cooking and gardening workshops and share freshly prepared lunch at Tidemill old school wildlife garden. The two activities will run simultaneously, aiming to appeal to a wide cross section of the community, to make a real and considerable difference to peoples experiences and understanding of cooking and gardening in terms of their health".

Contact Sarah McFadden 07515 637 375 growwildlondon@gmail.com  

Chop and chat, Just Older Youths

The project aims to provide weekly group workshops in preparing healthy and economical needs. The workshops will be led by an experienced tutor who will teach people how to cook tasty and nutritious food. There will be introductions to new recipes as well as drawing on participants existing knowledge and skills.

Contact Jane Keane 020 7732 7458 Janekeane1@gmail.com

Indo Chinese health promotion 2015, Lewisham Indo-Chinese Community

To promote healthy eating, wellbeing and physical activities through dance and tai chi classes for the Indo-Chinese community members in order to promote their health conditions and improve quality of life.

Walking football, Millwall for all trust

Aims to attract those aged between 3060 years plus, who still want to be active but due to injuries, cost, time, fear or lack of ability do not participate in regular sport. Walking football is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle despite of their age, as well as getting those back playing football who has to stop due to injuries.

Contact Marc Elliot 020 7740 3463 melliot@millwallplc.com

Sew you need to get out more, NXG Trust

This project aims to promote healthy living amongst isolated people with particular emphasis on improving mental well-being, encouraging isolated people to get out of the house and into the community. Learning, developing and sharing skills around sewing and textile techniques in a friendly environment to help combat social exclusion and improve self-esteem and mental well-being.

Contact: Jill Mountfield 020 7639 7605 Jill.mountfield@nxgtrust.org.uk

Gardening and home life, Pepys Community Forum

To engage with local residents to connect our community gardening with home life to better promote overall well-being and a healthier lifestyle. To meet a need to grow fresh food in a highly dense urban environment. Making the most, too, of small spaces like containers, balconies, window boxes and walls, and producing maximum crop yields at a low cost.

Contact: Malcolm Cadman 020 8694 3503 malcolmpepysforum@gmail.com

HIV Awareness, Red ribbon living well

The project aims is to work with individuals and groups to improve sexual health by raising safe sex awareness and advice to reduce the risk of transmission of STIs including HIV/AIDS. Raising awareness of services for testing support. Offering peer support for those living with HIV/AIDS.

Contact Husseina Hamza 07939 795 605 redribbonlivingwellproject@gmail.com

Food and fitness for young people, REMEC Youth

Within it regular youth provision the project aims to address the lack of consistent information, advice and guidance in relation to healthy eating, physical activity and sexual health for 11–19 year olds. By providing a range of interactive workshops and outings.

Contact Vincent Onwukanjo 020 7639 3337 remeducational@yahoo.co.uk

Stress proof you and your community, Transforming trauma sorting stress

Is a series of programmes dedicated and adapted for specific groups in the community including elderly people, people with disabilities, families and people affected by HIV. It provides participants with the tools to build their own residence and confidence so that they in turn can build resilience in their families and communities to cope with life stresses, challenges and fears.

Contact Josephine O’Gorman 07941 002 250 sortingstress@gmail.com

Intergenerational arts, Bellingham Golden Oldies & Sedgehill School

Painting and ceramics workshops taking place at Sedgehill Secondary School, involving pupils at the school and members of Bellingham Golden Oldies over-50s group, that get young and old working together to produce pieces of art.

Contact Anne Roberts 020 8461 2213

Intergenerational Gardening, Dumps Adventure Playground & Farmstead Road Community Garden

Series of gardening workshops taking place at the Farmstead Road Community Garden in Bellingham.

Contact Gary Buswell 020 8461 2213

Men’s Health Project, Active Gateway

Project that targets men aged 35 and above. Series of 8 workshops that include a health discussion led by a professional and a brief exercise session. Health topics include bowel cancer, prostate cancer, healthy eating, physical activity, CVD, stress, diabetes and alcohol.

Contact Tim Hector 07999 379195

Bellingham Craft Club, Well London & Rushey Green Time Bank

Weekly jewellery-making and sewing workshops that take place as part of the Bellingham Time Banking initiative.

Contact Clem Pacquette 07984 034275 www.rgtb.org.uk

Bellingham Healthy Walk, Well London & NHS Healthy Walks

Weekly community walk led by Well London volunteers. The walk caters for all abilities including beginners. Followed by refreshments and friendly chat in the community hall.

Contact Sarah 07830 988 809

Cooking For Life & Soul, Delicious most Nutritious

Cookery classes around how to eat on a budget, combined with community storytelling. Sessions will run again later this year.

Contact Fay 07863 561538 www.deliciousmostnutritious.co.uk

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20 January 2.30PM to 4.30PM

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22 January 10am to 4pm

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