Residents from Vassall and Coldharbour wards in Brixton are benefitting from an injection of community spirit this winter after 13 local individuals and groups were awarded grants from the Health and Wellbeing Fund.
The recipients will use the awarded money to work together on projects that tackle isolation amongst older people and encourage interaction and promote wellbeing in the wards, which are two of the most deprived in the borough.
13 projects were chosen to receive funding including:
- Effra Residents will run 'Winter Warmers' events. These will allow people to discuss their problems, provide information on health and wellbeing, physical and creative movement classes and a written histories and recipes session
- Happy Drums will provide drumming workshops to build confidence and give participants an opportunity for self-expression
- Brixton People's Kitchen will distribute information leaflets with ideas on how to reduce food waste, places to find fresh fruit and vegetables and information on nutrition
- Stockwell Good Neighbours will run aerobics classes for older residents, with speakers from health organisations giving a talk at each session.
The projects, which will run until March 2016, will attempt to support evidence that residents who have good social connections are healthier and more able to address any health problems they may encounter, compared with those who are socially isolated or lonely.
The Health and Wellbeing Fund is a partnership project between NHS Lambeth CCG, Lambeth Council and Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care (SLIC). The initial allocation of funds is being trialled in the Vassall and Coldharbour wards with feedback used to shape future activities.