Newham (Phase 1 - Completed)
The following Well London activities took place in the Canning Town North target area.
Be Creative, Be Well
- The Final Frontier Festival, coordinated by East London Dance, Folk Formula, the Canning Town Dancers and CTR.
- Five walks in different parts of the country to increase fitness and health awareness among local people of all ages.
- East London Dance: A series of dance workshops and celebratory visual, literary and historical events
Healthier Options award scheme
Cook & Eat courses
I think it was very nice, because I learnt to cook different food.Cook & eat Participant
Community Feasts were delivered in September 2008 and August 2009.
Eight DIY Happiness sessions. Dare to Dream ideas that were developed included:
- Horizon Women's workshop
- A garden Project.
- Items for sewing class.
Mental health awareness sessions took place on a variety of subjects including:
- Food and mood.
- Tackling preconceived ideas of mental health.
- Creating wellbeing and resilience.
The training helped me see someone who has mental health problems as a person not a myth about an illness.Training Participant
- 50Years + Gardening Club
- Ascot Community Centre Healthy Spaces trips and activities.
- Ascot Community Centre Gardening
- Tai-Chi Sessions
- XLP football sessions
Heart of the Community Projects
This project provided training for the following Well London groups:
- WLDT members
- Well London Activators
- MWIA facilitators
- Young Ambassador
It's been an amazing experience. I feel a lot more confident talking to people now. It's made me understand what I want to do with my future.Sidrah Butt, Newham Young Ambassador
Training Communities also offered Personal support packages (PSPs). Examples of training people chose included the following:
- Cake decorating.
- IT Training.
- Community development and leadership training.
- Healthy eating event.
- Drama and music workshops.
- Dance sessions.
Total participants; 882
630 people reported an increase in healthier eating.
573 people reported increased access to affordable healthy food.
670 people reported an increase in levels of physical activity.
733 people reported that they felt more or much more positive.
In 2001, a group of Newham Council tenants in Canning Town, Newham, formed their own tenant management organisation (TMO). Called CTR Triangle, the organisation now manages around 300 properties. Since December 2009 the landlord has delivered Well London programmes within the local area.
Robert Churchill of CTR Triangle has overseen the project: "I've worked here for five years. The TMO had always stood out as a little island, this tenant-managed co-op, and they didn't have a great relationship with the council."
"What Well London money did for us was bring us out of our isolation. It changed the perception of us; I think we were seen [by the council] as battling tenants, always moaning, and so it was a wonderful thing for us, in that final year and a half of Well London, to get that recognition from Newham council. We went from being seen as people who were always demanding things to people who could bring in something new."
"Karen Taylor [from Well London delivery partner the Arts Council] found us. We were coming up as an area that wasn't participating in other programmes, so Karen came to our board meeting and explained what was going on."
"We had a wonderful summer programme – we had drama with Stratford theatre, we got money to put a new kitchen in the community hall so we could hold the cook and eat sessions there; that brought hat hall back into use. We formed a boxing club, and we also trained youth ambassadors.
"And all the things we got from Well London also allowed us, the landlord, to break out of the 'just a rent-collector' role. It improved the relationship between tenants and the TMO, it has created friendships across communities. We've had big turnouts for everything."
"We had kids playing football in the car park here, banging against cars. So using money from Well London we got a football coach in, to get them to go into the park and play about, and take ownership of a park that they had been frightened to go into. We built their confidence with the coaches and took them in there. It changes what we are - we can help out instead of just enforcing rules."
"I do think it's been a success. The boxing club sustains itself now; we trained our caretaker here to quite a high level in the boxing club and we have five trainers now, so we no longer have to pay because we can train people ourselves. We've had a walking club grant we've done five walks in the country and in London, and we’ve had a coach-load every time. We've had to turn people away from the cook and eat classes; we’ve got 12 young people on the boxing course. We've got much more capacity now to do things."
"We've got little embryonic things like that that enable us to keep going. It's all going to continue."