This 5-year, £9.46 million programme, funded by the BLF, will work with local people to transform health in twenty of London’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
The Well London programme will invest in local community-led projects: Promoting mental health and well-being; improving healthy eating choices, and promoting access to open spaces and increasing physical activity.
The programme will encourage new ways of working to improve health and well-being through culture and tradition. We have developed a unique monitoring and evaluation framework to ensure we capture what works.
We have been working closely with local people to assess their health needs and priorities. We will support local groups and people and join-up current initiatives, developing skills, confidence, programmes and networks to leave a lasting health legacy. This is the first time that this type of approach will have been tried on a regional scale. For further information visit the Well London website.
Well London is a unique alliance of seven partners that bring strategic influence and local community-led experience: London Health Commission, Central YMCA, Groundwork London, London Sustainability Exchange, University of East London, Arts Council England, London, and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.
Active Living Map
Groundwork is leading work on the Active Living Map. This exciting project will map local resources in each area. Doctor's surgeries, leisure centres, food markets, if it's related to health, it's on the Active Living Map.
The quality of the environment has a significant impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Everyone benefits from access to safe, well designed, attractive green spaces. From taking a simple walk to being part of a community allotment group, open spaces offer countless opportunities for getting active, socialising and relaxing.
Groundwork London is working with all 20 Well London communities, local authorities and landscape architects to facilitate improvements that will have a lasting impact on both physical and mental wellbeing. Involving local people in the initial stages ensures improvements are tailored to their specific needs, fosters a greater sense of local ownership and increases the use of the open spaces.
As well as physical improvements, Healthy Spaces is promoting open spaces and healthy living choices through a range of activities and events. These include: community feasts, visits to pick-your-own farms, community gardening, food growing, and ‘cook & eat’ events, to name a few.