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Well London showcased at the House of Lords

On 8th February 2012, Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford OBE hosted a reception for Well London at the House of Lords.

An audience of peers, public healthcare professionals, and community and voluntary sector representatives were given an overview of the Well London approach and heard first hand accounts from two local residents and a police sergeant.

Professor Adrian Renton, who is the Director of the Institute for Health and Human Development, at UEL, said: "From a research point of view, the Well London project shows the Big Society is alive and well in certain areas of London. When we designed the project, we took account of the evidence that local social-economic and physical environments provide strong barriers, which prevent people from adopting healthier lifestyles and leading happier lives. We realised that we needed to transform the environments and the communities themselves to be successful. We set out to build networks and structures of mutual support by helping people to organise around common problems, which affect their health and well-being. This has led to an explosion of volunteering in the areas we worked in and has seen people find new employment."

The audience heard first-hand accounts from people who have made considerable improvements to their lives as a direct result of being involved in Well London. The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Art, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) also offered a presentation on a new and complimentary approach to Well London - Connected Communities.

The University of East London is now preparing the legacy strategy of Well London, which will be known as phase 2.

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Lord Patel of Bradford introduces Well London
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Baroness Hanham, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government addresses the event
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Sarah Samuels, Southwark resident explains how Well London helped her community.
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