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23 Mar 2011
Councillor Althea Smith with the
Well London Delivery Team
A community celebration was held on Saturday afternoon 19 March
on the Cossall Estate in Nunhead, Southwark, to mark the completion
of the three-year Well London programme that concludes at the end
of March. The event was an opportunity for Cossall residents who
particiapted in the Well London programme to showcase their
achievements. Councillor Althea Smith presented certificates to the
Well London Delivery Team which consists of local residents,
congratulating them on their contribution to the programme.
Funded by the Big Lottery, the programme has been delivered by
seven partners including environmental regeneration charity
Groundwork London. Together they have worked with 20 of the most
deprived communities across the capital. Engaging over 10,000
people, 75% of those involved in a variety of projects designed to
improve overall well-being have reported positive changes in mental
health, physical activity and healthy eating.
Local residents from the Well London Delivery Team have
supported the health and well-being programme on the Cossall
Estate. They showed off their achievements on the estate with a
lively presentation to the audience and display of photographs. A
team from SLaM (South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)
played an innovative DIY Happiness game and local children and
adults designed and printed beautiful t-shirts with help from Arts
Express. Pickling Peckham gave out delicious samples of locally
foraged preserves like plum jam, quince membrillo and rosehip
syrup, whilst Growing Southwark provided a tasty feast of healthy
food and drink. Guests created Japanese wraps with fillings of
David Reid from Peckham Voluntary Sector Forum, who gave the
closing speech, said: “It has been a wonderful experience
working so closely with residents who are committed to making a
difference to their neighbours’ health and well-being. Well London
has demonstrated that local people can influence what happens in
Nunhead is the 6th most deprived area of London and
since the establishment of Well London in 2008, the programme has
engaged residents on the Cossall Estate in a number of projects
that have improved overall well-being and contributed to a greater
sense of community. There have been four community feasts, five
cook and eat sessions and two 20 metre long raised beds built and
installed by Growing Southwark with the help of Veolia and
Groundwork’s Green Team. These supply seasonal vegetables and herbs
so people have access to healthy, fresh food. The raised beds have
given residents easy access to fresh and local produce whilst cook
and eat sessions have provided them with the skills to make healthy
recipes on a budget.
The Green Team is a waged training opportunity
that engages those not in training, education or employment and
provides them with the practical skills and knowledge to find work
within the horticulture sector. Groundwork helps people to retrain,
gain confidence and valuable work experience in order to move into
Weekly sports sessions have also taken place on the estate
including football for young people, tai chi and chair dancing for
those with limited mobility.
The Well London programme has used a unique community
development approach building legacy into the design and delivery
of projects. Community engagement has driven the development of
projects, discovering what is important to local people and
building on the individual needs of residents. The programme is
also design to be self-sustaining, incorporating other sources of
support and funding so at the end of the month, local communities
can still carry on successful projects into the future.
The Well London Delivery Team is planning on continuing their
good work on the estate. They will continue to work in partnership
with Peckham Voluntary Sector Forum and look at funding
opportunities for the future.
The programme is currently being evaluated by The Institute for
Health and Human Development, at The University of East London. So
far their evaluation tells us that Well London has made a huge
difference to the way people feel about themselves, their community
and their neighbourhood.
Contact: Lucy Millson-Watkins, Marketing & Communications
T: 020 7960 2687 E: firstname.lastname@example.org,uk