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A new community-led art installation was unveiled on Saturday 11
December at the Cossall Estate in Southwark as part of a festive
celebration. Developed by residents on the estate and local charity
Arts Express, the works entitled ‘ Cossall Estate Beauty Spots’ and
‘Cossall Remembered’ includes a collection of ceramics, paintings,
drawings, photographs and shoe box collage installations completed
at family drop in workshops over the past year with local
artists. The artwork
is a tribute to the residents and is located in various locations
across the estate.
Funded by the Big Lottery, this project was
one of many that have taken place on the estate as part of the
Well London programme; a four-year
partnership delivered by seven partners including environmental
regeneration charity Groundwork London. Well London has instigated
work with 20 of the most deprived communities in London to improve
health and overall wellbeing, including Nunhead, the 6th
most deprived area of London. Since the programme began three years
ago it has engaged over 10,000 people across the capital with over
80% reporting increased access to healthy eating, physical activity
and achieving a greater understanding of well-being.
The event brought the local community together
to take part in a festive feast that also included games, dancing,
carol singing and a visit from Father Christmas. Local residents
celebrated their art achievements and a fantastic time was had by
A local resident on the Cossall Estate
commented , “It’s great to see nice music, nice food and people
Since its establishment in 2008, the Well London programme has
empowered residents to develop a number of projects designed to
improve well-being and promote community cohesion. There have been
two 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 that 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 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 help people to retrain, gain confidence and valuable
work experience to grow skills for a greener economy.
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.
Hannah Crump, Community Project Officer at
Groundwork London said:
“The impact of the Well London programme
has been remarkable. Residents have come together and both taken
part in and organised fantastic community led activities. There is
now enthusiasm and so much energy all geared towards community
spirit which is really inspiring. We are now working to make sure
this ethos is taken forward to keep these valuable activities
Well London’s Big Lottery delivery funding ends in March 2011
and the whole programme is 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.
information please contact Lucy Millson-Watkins, Marketing and
Communications Officer on 020 7960 2687 or email Lucy.Millson-Watkins@groundwork.org.uk