Appreciative Enquiry Workshop (AEW) & Café Notes
Well London Lead Partner for Tower Hamlets: LSx
This document was produced by the Well London Community Engagement & Mapping Teams
at The Institute of Health & Human Development, University of East London
Appreciative Enquiry Workshop Notes 3
Themed Summaries 6
Community Café Notes 10
Services and Amenities Mapping 19
Pen Profile 24
Well London Projects Overview 31
Tower Hamlets – Hind Green Area of Limehouse
Appreciative Enquiry Workshop (AEW)
Venue: Lansbury Lodge, 117, Ricardo Street, Poplar, London E14 6EQ
Date: Thursday 22nd November 2007 @ 3pm
Due to initially poor attendance, and that some of those present had to leave early, the
normal AEW agenda was truncated, and questions set to ask. There follows a description
of the findings from the shortened AEW. Later more people arrived.
1. Well London Partners – LSx, ACE, UEL, Groundwork (East London) and LHC.
2. City Gateway (Co-host)
4. Local Food Co-op
5. Tower Hamlets PCT (Public Health Department)
6. Tower Hamlets Council
7. Community residents
8. Poplar Harca (Housing Association)
9. Poplar Somali Community
11. African Women‟s Welfare Association
The questions that the appreciative enquiry process would like answers to are the
i. What are the most important things that Well London should take account of?
ii. In three (3) years time, at the end of the Well London programme, what do you
hope to have as outcomes?
iii. What will need to happen in order to achieve these? What needs to change and
what needs to stay the same?
iv. What works well in this community?
v. Who needs to be involved?
vi. What are your Priorities?
What are the most important things that Well London should take account of?
Do not blame the community or residents when things don‟t work out.
Need to support families.
People need to be responsible for their own health.
People know what it means to be healthy, and want to be healthy.
Youths and hard to reach people should be the priority target groups in the area.
Previous projects have focused on the Bangladeshi group. They are not the only
group in Tower Hamlets. Other groups must feel that they are part of the Well
London specifically, and the community as a whole.
Hindgrove is a very good community.
In three (3) years time, at the end of the Well London programme, what do you hope
to have as outcomes?
Social Enterprise – people starting their own businesses.
Increased opportunities for volunteering.
Young people being responsible.
Better health awareness, in terms of healthy living and eating.
A more cohesive community.
Council and PCT spending less money to treat obesity and associated illnesses in
three years time because there will be increased physical activities, healthy eating
and better mental health and wellbeing.
What will need to happen in order to achieve these? What needs to change and
what needs to stay the same?
Projects must develop a feeling of local ownership. This would involve social
enterprise and capacity building.
Give the people the necessary skills – committee membership, leadership and
Increase employability – by providing skills.
Increase opportunities for volunteering.
Raise the aspirations of the young people.
Be inventive how we communicate information. It should be in unconventional,
creative and fun ways.
Build peoples confidence in healthy eating.
Build peoples language skills, e.g. through ESOL classes.
Transform access to physical activities.
Schools – work with schools to make education exciting and improve healthy eating
through the tuck shops.
Need for a food market research.
Integration with people you would not normally speak with.
Getting children involved with cooking.
Listen to each other to understand each other.
Break language barriers, e.g. people knowing the English names of foods, fruits,
vegetables, herbs and spices.
Families should be supported holistically.
Access to arts and arts groups.
Access to good food and to enjoy cooking.
Promote team spirit.
Develop vocational skills.
What works well in this community?
Park wardens – involve the local people.
Train people to work with families.
Cafes – fresh, hygienic and culturally appropriate.
Exhibition of different cultural foods, and tasting sessions.
Who needs to be involved?
Primary Schools (tuck shop).
Friends of Bartlett Park.
What are your Priorities?
Sense of community.
The process and outcome of Well London should be to increase community
Create opportunity for healthy living centre in Hindgrove.
2. Cross cultural.
3. Surroundings need to look good (Bartlett Park).
4. Link up with schools.
5. Using food as a main theme and thinking laterally, in order to tackle many other
underlying issues like diabetes, sickle cell, obesity, disabilities, mental wellbeing
and family structures. Food is a core subject.
See also Themed Summaries on Page 6
This section summarises the collective information that emerged from the different sources –
community cafes, mapping exercise, walk-abouts, local intelligence, pen portrait and youth
consultations – according to WL themes.
The community was convinced that diet-related illnesses, especially amongst 1.6.16
young people and the Bengali population, were common, with obesity and 1.1.7
diabetes seen as priority challenges. There was a view that it was difficult to 1.1.8, 1.6.6
access affordable, good quality, fresh food locally and that traditional diets of
people from certain ethnic origins were high in fat. There was a strong sense that 1.3.9
the culture of family meals was breaking down; with individual family members 1.5.6
obtaining quick meals at different times from the vast range of cheap fast-food 1.6.14
outlets which dominate food retail in the area. Fresh fruit and vegetable
consumption was low, especially amongst white British residents. As one teenage
boy put it: “I’ve never seen any fruit in my house… no, that’s not true...my nan
brought a bag of apples round the Christmas before last… but nobody ate them
and they got thrown out in the end.”
There is a range of existing healthy eating initiatives in the area, however some of 1.6.12, 1.6.8
these suffer from lack of funding, and others are still in their infancy. Alongside 1.5.3
these issues, there are particular groups in these local communities that are not
being served by any of these programmes – in particular young people and 1.1.1, 1.1.2
elders. Primarily there are a number of food co-ops being offered, and the up
take of these has been promising. However, even here there are segments of the
community not being served – for example the LAP 7 area has three food co-ops 1.6.11
within it, but the LAP 8 area has none. The uneven provision of healthy eating in
terms of food supply – both in geographic and demographic cases needs to be
addressed. This is of particular interest to the Somali community who have been
requesting a food co-op for a number of years. One solution posited to address 1.3.6
the geographic spread of co-ops, and to make them accessible for elders, would
be to run one from the GP surgery. The food co-ops that do exist are also quite 1.6.4
new and it was suggested that initiating good practice form more established co-
ops (like Newham) would improve these services. 1.6.3
Although access to a healthy food supply is a concern, there are a number of
others. Many groups have been identified as lacking the skills needed to cook
healthy meals. This was raised as a particular concern among certain ethnic 1.5.5
groups such as African women. While existing initiatives (such as those at 1.3.1, 1.3.3
Lansbury lodge) provide healthy eating and food hygiene certification for women,
there was the desire expressed to run other initiatives such as the cook and eat
club previously run by Poplar HARCA. This was successful as they also had child 1.2.2
minding facilities available.
There are a number of initiatives that cut across the theme of healthy eating and
outdoor activity. Like most parts of London, there is a long waiting list for access 4.6.1
to an allotment, however there is some provision of community gardens, for
instance Poplar HARCA‟s community herb garden, and SPLASH‟s women‟s 1.5.2, 4.2.1
Locally, some community-run services exist like the LLCP „Healthy Eating‟ events,
HARCA community herb garden at Poplar and SPLASH (South Poplar And
Limehouse Action for Secure Housing) gardening project for women. But outlets for
relatively good quality, fresh produce, such as the food markets in Whitechapel,
are located some distance from the SOA.
It was believed that levels of physical activity are generally low. Amongst elders
this related to lack of community activities, fear of going out and physical
problems getting down stairs. Long term residents mourned the passing of earlier
days, when there had been more sense of community in the area and the wider 4.1.3
community would take an interest in older people – making sure they were well
and had what they needed. As one resident put it: “Some of these older people
don’t see anyone from one end of the week to the next. They could die in their
flats and not be discovered for weeks.”
Amongst young people, the barriers were identified as poor quality of open 4.6.3, 4.6.7
spaces, and a lack of local gyms and local sports/active leisure facilities,
especially floodlit sports areas where young people could play football and other
sports in the evenings. What was available was often beyond local people‟s 2.5.9, 2.5.11
means, being primarily targeted and priced for workers in neighbouring Canary 2.5.12
Wharf. There was no local dance facility. The local swimming pool had been 2.5.13
closed several years previously and was lying derelict. There was a strong need
for gyms and exercise classes to be more supportive of beginners e.g. confidence
building, more appropriate inductions, crèche and childcare, group support. 2.5.10
Identified priorities were exercise opportunities for elders; the need to link
exercise opportunities training and employment of local people especially young
people, as this is an area of interest for young people; and sports activities such
as football to be made more accessible at different times of the day and year, 2.5.15, 4.5.7
floodlit and open 24/7.
Although there is a general lack of physical activity in the locale, there are a 2.1.1- 2.1.6
number of existing physical activity classes held for elders, young people and 2.1.10
women. These range form dance and yoga classes to five a side football.
However there are a number of hard to reach groups such as Somali women 2.3.1
who do not have experience with public transport, and therefore require assisted
transportation to and from physical activity centres.
Although there are few green spaces in the vicinity, Bartlett park is under used 4.6.3
due to issues with dog fouling, poor lighting, and a lack of benches. There are a
number of walking initiatives in place, however these vary in attendance. It has
been suggested that as well as improving the physical space which would lead to
higher use of the park, that themed walks should be established to make this
activity more desirable.
Few services were identified including LLCP-run „Keep Fit‟ classes and a gym in
Mile End offering a wellness pass.
It was asserted that there were high rates of depression among residents. Key 3.1.1, 3.1.3
issues were poverty, and isolation and fragmentation within communities affecting
especially elders, ethnic minorities and vulnerable groups. The ugly physical 3.5.5
environment and unhealthy aspects of environment eg spitting, dog litter,
drug-related rubbish were believed to contribute. Lack of work, a sense that
peoples lives were not under their own control, and that they were excluded from
mainstream society with few resources created low self esteem, stress and
anxiety. Use of drugs, especially cannabis, was reported as widespread among 3.1.4
young people. Attitudes to mental health in the community were causes for
concern where there was a perceived lack of understanding, shame and
prejudice, as well as the attitudes of many professionals who lacked a holistic
approach to causes and treatment of depression. 3.5.10
From the café data, there emerge two main groups that need access to mental
health initiatives. Family counselling and information on parenting would assist in 3.5.1
relieving pressure form families in the area. Alongside this, there is the need for
culturally sensitive initiatives that can adequately address the particularities of 3.3.3
ethnic groups. One example of this is the problem among the Somali community
with the drug Khat that can lead, or certainly worsen issues of mental health. 3.3.2
There is a general overall need in the area for more mental health initiatives,
although there will be a youth counsellor at Limehouse youth club from 2008. 3.1.2
A considerable number of services exist and target the elderly and BME groups
(Bangladeshi, Black African, Somali, Afro Caribbean, Jewish, Chinese and
There were strong concerns that the quality of the local environment was poor,
and what access to green space there had been was disappearing as the 4.5.4
development of East London‟s designated growth areas accelerates. There is
both a perception and a reality of crime in open spaces. Young people have a
negative ownership of the space – „a place to get up to no good‟ – rather than a
positive ownership – „a place they are proud of‟. As one community member put it:
“Look at Bartlett Park – it’s just a flat muddy field, no features… railings are
rusting rotten and falling down and its bang opposite a huge yard full of rubbish
behind the old derelict school. …. Says it all, really!” There was a strong interest
in bringing beauty and interest to open spaces, improving the aesthetic quality of
the area in general and involving young people in the work to achieve this.
Despite the lack of general open and green space within the SOA, there are many
successful open space projects, such as the aforementioned community garden 4.2.1
projects. The most valuable green space in the area is Bartlett Park. There is a
widespread feeling that the park is underused due to the dog fouling, poor lighting 4.6.3
and uninspiring landscaping found there. While the walking initiatives are still
under-accessed, there was an interest expressed in establishing a “green gym” 4.5.3
where residents can access physical activity in the open air. Overall there is a lot
of demand for more land to establish these gardening and outdoor projects.
Few facilities are available, the chief one being Bartlett Park. Smaller areas
include a purpose built park on Brimfield street and community garden projects.
Arts and Culture
Like the healthy eating theme, there is fairly uneven provision of arts and cultural
activity in the area. While there are some very successful initiatives many of these
are tailored to very specific groups, while there is no provision for others. There is
a well developed textile interest in the area, with a number of programmes such
as those delivered by City Gateway, and the African Women‟s Welfare
Association. Because these are well established and well accessed, there is the 5.1.1, 5.2.1
potential to use these projects as routes to progression and accreditation for
these skills. Youth in the area have access to City Gateways media and multi-
media programmes. The arts and cultural organisations that operate here have 5.5.2
expressed the interest in establishing partnership projects and in particular an
Arts Council England, London‟s provisional database contains 325 arts
organisations in both Limehouse (intervention, E14) and East India and
Landsbury (comparison) SOAs; 40 of them are located within the E14 postcode
and cover music, visual arts and theatre art forms.
The general situation was believed to have worsened with the contracting out of
increasing numbers of what used to be closely linked council services providing
integrated sources of information about what was going on in the community. Now
there was a host of contracted out services with multiple providers, no joining up
and no real grounding in the community. Providers were often in competition
rather than cooperation with each other. It was felt that the WL Alliance doesn‟t
need to work with local people – there are already plenty of local organisations
doing that – but rather needs to support and develop the capacity of these
organisations and help support groups of local people to run programmes
themselves. Developing a sense of community is important, so invest in the
capacity building process of individuals and local organisations and then promote 6.6.4
the role of local people in delivering services within their own community. This
could be done in a way which promotes healthy lifestyles amongst local people as
part of the process. There was a need to link health and well-being needs to
employment and training opportunities for local people, especially for young 7.4.24
people – City Gateway and food co-ops are two key organisations which could
play a major role. Deals needed to be brokered and consortium muscle used to
lever in resources and support. It is important to play a connecting role with
local services and agencies, and to develop and support better access to
existing facilities and services e.g. 24 floodlit pitches and making any activity fun
and not punitive. 7.4.20
Through the discussion a number of other issues that are of particular interest to
the area emerged. There is the need for raising awareness of particular conditions
among those groups that are at high risk. The need to educate the African and 7.3.2
Asian communities about sickle cell anaemia is one such example. Alongside this 7.4.14
the issues of Khat use, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, TB and vascular disease were all 7.3.3
identified as being problematic for particular communities and a programme of
awareness raising was suggested by many.
Community Café Notes
Café date (2007):
1. Healthy Eating
1.1. Healthy Eating across the life cycle.
1.1.1. Lack of healthy eating projects aimed at youth or elders. Oct
1.1.2. Particular need identified is healthy eating and cook and eat clubs for
1.1.3. Interest expressed in holding a food co-op form GP surgery which
would be particularly beneficial to elders accessing their GP. Oct
1.1.4. More info needed in schools. Despite Jamie Oliver and other publicity
in this area the perception is that school food remains poor. Feb
1.1.5. Family learning week in Oct is good – more of that please! Feb
1.1.6. Bring back milk to primary schools Feb
1.1.7. Schools report eating disorders among young children - refusing to eat
school meals - lack of awareness on the part of parents of how to get
kids to eat anything other than crisps and sweets. Feb
1.1.8. TH has highest rate of childhood obesity, and this is a growing
1.2. Healthy Eating and gender
1.2.1. Lansbury Lodge Women‟s Project provides training in food hygiene
and healthy eating for women. Oct
1.2.2. Poplar HARCA used to provide family learning with their Cook and Eat
Club, however they would like to run this again with Lansbury Lodge.
They had 15 women attend when they provided a crèche. Oct
1.3. Healthy Eating and Ethnicity
1.3.1. Ninety percent of Somali community do not access health information,
including healthy eating information. Oct
1.3.2. Need to support BME Health Guides with food co-ops as health
1.3.3. Need to raise awareness of good food and healthy eating among
African women. Oct
1.3.4. Poplar Somali community work closely with Poplar HARCA in the
Black food project. Oct
1.3.5. Was a pilot project for Somali community on healthy eating with drop in
sessions and cooking classes, but funding ran out. Oct
1.3.6. Somali community have been asking for a food co-op for three years.
1.3.7. Somali based healthy eating and weight loss project successful. Oct
1.3.8. Levels of food-related diseases are very high among Bangladeshi
community - Diabetes Type II, Coronary Heart Disease, Hypertension. Feb
1.3.9. Bangladeshi people from the Sylhet region have not adapted their
diets to the more sedentary lifestyle here. Feb
1.3.10. 90% of the client groups of the food co-ops are Bangladeshi. Feb
1.3.11. Increase in diabetes in the Afro-Caribbean and Asian communities
1.3.12. Many children from ethnic minority groups don‟t eat school Feb
1.3.13. Linking health to other things - Could incorporate language teaching Feb
into cooking class.
1.4. Healthy Eating and disability Oct
1.4.1 No identified healthy eating projects targeted for disabled community.
1.5. Healthy Eating – Cross cutting issues
1.5.1. Limehouse Project are exploring the possibility of running a community
kitchen involving local residents as a way of engaging communities. Oct
1.5.2. Poplar HARCA existing provision of community herb garden. Oct
1.5.3. Poplar HARCA existing provision of food co-op, however this needs
development – in particular they find it difficult to meet delivery costs. Oct
1.5.4. Interest expressed in holding a food co-op form the GP surgery. Oct
1.5.5. Cooking classes – cook & eat for community groups – have been tried
before at Lansbury Centre. Worked well, but need more input &
promotion to keep them going. Feb
1.5.6. There is a culture of fast food. Need to change the lifestyles and
everyday processes. There are no healthy take-aways or cafes in the Feb
area. Need to provide these and support. Catch people early, use a
holistic approach. Raising awareness for all ages. Feb
1.5.7. Subsidy / tokens for fruit and vegetables. Feb
1.5.8. Increased availability of healthier cheap take-away food instead of the
usual take-away fare eg pasta bars. Feb
1.5.9. Increased support to existing co-ops already running in the area.
There are 4 up and running and all are led by community volunteers.
They are popular, but there needs to be more awareness raising to reach
more people in the community. The co-ops buy Grade 1 fruit directly
from the wholesalers so it is high quality and fresh. It is sold at just above
cost price and is slightly more expensive than market stall prices but
much better quality. The range of food sold is tailored to the ethnic mix of
the local community. Paid staff at THCDA supporting the volunteers are
funded through grants. Feb
1.5.10. Support to THCDA, perhaps to work in conjunction with City Gateway,
to run cookery classes hosted by a chef. They have done this before
with success. Feb
1.5.11. Offer incentives to people to take part in evaluation eg £1 voucher for
the food co-op. Feb
1.6. Healthy Eating misc.
1.6.1. Want to see local fast food shops sell and promote healthy food also. Oct
1.6.2. Need for Healthy eating session/workshop about how good food is
essential to good health for all the community. Oct
1.6.3. Suggestion of looking at Newham and Greenwich‟s food co-ops and
import good practice form here as they are further developed than the
Limehouse example. Oct
1.6.4. Poplar HARCA do not have the capacity to run another food co-op
(they already run one.) However they could run one from the GP surgery. Oct
1.6.5. The existing food co-op at Hine Grove Community centre, but the
Lansbury food co-op is the strongest in Poplar. Oct
1.6.6. Diabetes is an issue among the populace – the surgery has identified
this, and would like to conduct group work on healthy diet, but has no
room to do so. Oct
1.6.7. Hind Grove food co-op is to be moved from Hind Grove to City
1.6.8. City Gateway also run community cafes to promote healthy eating –
the money made from the sale of tea and coffee here helps fund this. Oct
1.6.9. City Gateway needs investment in visual aids and teaching materials. Oct
1.6.10. City Gateway feel that access is there for the food co-op, now the next
stage is educating the people how to cook with these foods and are
particularly interested in the cook and eat projects. Oct
1.6.11. There are three food co-ops in LAP 7, but none in LAP 8. Oct
1.6.12. Food co-ops (some do exist) Feb
1.6.13. Fruit and vegetables at local market - trade off between quality and
1.6.14. Healthy food is often not accessible. E.g. is easier to carry home a 24-
pack of crisps than a big bag of vegetables if you don't have a car. Feb
1.6.15. More food co-op locations needed, in micro-communities. Feb
1.6.16. Diet related illnesses are a major problem. Very high incidence of
Diabetes and type 2 heart disease. Feb
1.6.17. Fruit and veg available: Markets: the greengrocers stalls at Chrisp
Street market: 1 Asian, 2 British. Some of the quality of the fruit and veg
is very poor. Supermarket: Somerfield is quite expensive for fruit and
veg Food co-ops at Hindgrove Community Hall: run by community
volunteers with Tower Hamlets Community Development Agency. (LH) Feb
2. Physical Activity
2.1 Physical Activity across the life cycle - elders
2.1.1. Limehouse project provides over 50‟s yoga and exercise class. Oct
2.1.2. Poplar HARCA existing provision of Dance class for elders. Oct
2.1.3. Existing provision LAP 7 & 8 healthy living sessions for over 50s. Oct
2.1.4. Existing Health walks for elders in Hind Grove. Oct
Physical Activity across the life cycle – youth
2.1.5. Lansbury Lodge Women‟s Project provides ballet and dance classes
for children. Oct
2.1.6. Gateway Motion have set up a gym for young people particularly and
the local community more broadly. Oct
2.1.7. Young people playing football in the park could be harnessed into a
league and into more structured sports development. Oct
2.1.8. Limehouse Youth Club existing provision provides safe space with
physical activity such as gym, climbing, sports. Oct
2.1.9. Gateway Motion existing provision work with young people and qualify
them in fitness instructing, sports coaching etc. Oct
2.1.10. City Gateway existing provision of youth 5 a side football. Oct
2.1.11. Childcare facilities at gyms would help parents exercise. Feb
2.1.12. Children no longer go swimming in their schools. Feb
2.1.13. For kids – creation of arcades which will combine the children with
each other using their love for computers, include games such as „dance
moves‟ which are more active, to increase exercise. Could pay for a day
pass instead of per-game. Feb
2.2 Physical Activity and gender
2.2.2 SPLASH existing provision of swimming for Bengali women in
Blackwall - also provide transport to Tiller rd. as many of this community do
not have experience on public transport. Oct
2.2.3 SPLASH existing provision of Yoga for women in St. Matthew‟s
community Centre. Oct
2.3 Physical Activity and Ethnicity
2.3.1 Exercise advice and training for Somali women (35+) is best done in
one on one sessions. Oct
2.3.2 Many women from BME groups can't cycle but would love to learn
and would enjoy it. Cycling courses set up in the more secluded areas of
parks would probably be very popular. Oct
2.4 Physical Activity and Disability
2.4.1 Lack of information on disability and physical activity. Oct
2.5 Physical Activity – cross cutting themes
2.5.1 Gateway Motion has the capability to provide qualified sports
coaches to deliver sports sessions. Oct
2.5.2 Existing provision of taster sessions at Tiller leisure centre
(swim and gym) with health trainers. Oct
2.5.3 Poplar HARCA existing provision of football training Oct
2.5.4 Poplar HARCA existing provision of sports development
training courses. Oct
2.5.5 Poplar HARCA existing provision of walking groups, swimming,
and MOT health checks. Oct
2.5.6 Existing health trainer led walks. Oct
2.5.7 Need for more cycling awareness and the possibility of free
bike hire in the area. Oct
2.5.8 LAP 7 & 8 would welcome working with partners to make walks
more interesting e.g. themed walks – or trails – etc. Oct
2.5.9 Lack of affordable facilities – what is available is too expensive.
Local gym costs £2.50 for children – and less (£1.90) for adults on benefits. Feb
2.5.10 Existing gyms not always welcoming/ geared up for new
joiners. Better inductions needed. Feb
2.5.11 For residents not on benefits, swimming and other leisure
centre facilities are very expensive (nearly £4 for a swim) Feb
2.5.12 Subsidised fitness activities generally taken up by those who
could otherwise afford to pay anyway, e.g. Pilates classes at Ideas Stores full
of Young Professionals. Feb
2.5.13 Further information needed on what is happening to Poplar
baths, currently closed. Feb
2.5.14 Free or subsidised gym facilities or classes. City Gateway
are looking into a reward system with GLL Leisure services (who run Tower
Hamlets Leisure services). This would link going to the gym with healthy
2.5.15 Weekend sports provisions. Need to open up centres for free
evening and weekend provisions. Turn them into inter-generational areas.
3. Mental Wellbeing
3.1 Mental Wellbeing across the life cycle
3.1.1. Need for education projects for young people to help realise their
potential and reduce depression amongst youth. Oct
3.1.2. Limehouse Youth Club will have a mental health counsellor from 2008,
based at the club. Oct
3.1.3. Isolation – especially older people. Feb
3.1.4. Issue of Drugs – especially with young people. Feb
3.1.5. Rising levels of eating disorders among children. Feb
3.2. Mental wellbeing and gender
3.2.1. Lansbury Lodge Women‟s Project offer training and programmes that
support community cohesion and provide support for isolated women. Oct
3.3 Mental Wellbeing and Ethnicity
3.3.1 Need for more mental health support for Somali community. Oct
3.3.2 Real issue with drug taking of Khat in the Somali community
which results in sleep deprivation, depression and suicide. Oct
3.3.3 Need for parenting courses delivered in a culturally sensitive
way to help reduce anxiety and depression. Oct
3.3.4 Need for more support for mental health that is culturally
sensitive and addresses the particular needs of ethnic groups. Oct
3.3.5 Bangladeshi community: depression is not a well understood
concept. According to tradition people, poor mental health is often
addresses through herbal / spiritual remedies. Feb
3.4 Mental Wellbeing and disability
3.4.1 Lack of information on the state of mental wellbeing among the
disabled community. Oct
3.5 Mental wellbeing – cross cutting themes
3.5.1 Parenting courses and confidence building needed to help
parents cope with their situation and reduce depression. Oct
3.5.2 Poplar HARCA existing provision of regular one on one
outreach sessions. Oct
3.5.3 Limehouse Project existing provision of family support to deal
with domestic issues and thereby reduce stress. Oct
3.5.4 Existing provision of advice centre from Limehouse project
provides a wide range of advice and personal development
3.5.5 Ugliness of the physical environment affects how people feel
about themselves. Feb
3.5.6 Depression still not widely recognised as an illness – lack of
holistic approach here. Feb
3.5.7 Stress from housing, one had two years in temporary
accommodation, difficulty finding housing, have to bid for properties to
rent from council, this is stressful. Feb
3.5.8 Housing has poor repair jobs, young people often living on
people‟s couches. But feel like they are not taken seriously Feb
3.5.9 Single parents are stressed, struggling to pay bills. Feb
3.5.10 Counselling services are not good; doctors often just put
people on drug therapy. Feb
4. Open Spaces
4.1 Open Spaces across the life cycle
4.1.1 City Gateway has potential for adding focus on the external
environment and outdoor spaces and adding horticultural and gardening
skills to mix of activities on offer. Oct
4.1.2 City Gateway also has potential for activities such as healthy walks
and involving young people in small improvements to their environment
and play area Oct
4.1.3 Lack of neighbourliness means people don't feel safe letting kids
4.1.4 Teenagers spend a lot more time indoors, eg playing computer
4.2 Open Spaces and gender
4.2.1 SPLASH existing provision for women‟s gardening project
(particularly for Bengali women). Oct
4.4 Open Spaces and disability
4.4.1 LAP 7 & 8 keen on sensory gardens and the potential to establish
one in the area. Oct
4.5 Open Spaces – cross cutting themes
4.5.1 Need for a project to retain the few green spaces left in Poplar. Oct
4.5.2 Need for an overhead access bridge over Bartlett Park. Oct
4.5.3 Debbie one of the Health Trainers, mentioned the idea of „green
gyms‟ and would be keen to promote this, rather than indoor gyms. Oct
4.5.4 New housing developments encroaching on open play-spaces. Feb
4.5.6 Perception that play spaces are less safe. Feb
4.5.7 Lack of floodlit pitches etc Feb
4.6 Open Spaces – misc.
4.6.1 There are long waiting lists for allotments in the area. Oct
4.6.2 It has been identified that there is a bit of derelict land at the back of
East India Dock Road, just within the boundary of the SOA. (This was
noticed by Christine from SPLASH.) Oct
4.6.3 The usage of green spaces and open space – e.g. Bartlett Park – is
very low and definitely under-utilised, and dog fouling is seen as a key
problem here, alongside poor lighting and a lack of benches. Oct
4.6.4 There are some healthy walks available but these do not seem to be
signposted enough. Oct
4.6.5 Most people don‟t have gardens, but the specially designed areas
aren‟t used enough, partly as the older kids have taken them over, with
vandalism and intimidating others, also green spaces are taken over with
dog excrement. Feb
4.6.6 Concern over future of the farm given extent of development in the
4.6.7 People don‟t want to go out because streets are dirty – spitting, links
to high TB in LBTH and dog fouling. Feb
4.6.8 Not only lack of open spaces, but too many uninteresting spaces. Feb
4.6.9 John roach secondary – rubbish fermenting, been derelict for 10
years. Take the rubbish away. Feb
4.6.10 Any new planning developments should not result in loss of
green or other public space. Feb
5. Arts and Culture
5.1 Arts and Culture across the life cycle
5.1.1 City Gateway work with youth and are particularly interested in the
graffiti project, in partnership with SPLASH and other youth providers. Oct
5.1.2 SPLASH have an experienced community visual artist – David
Bradbury who would be interested in the development of further Oct
5.1.3 Groups present interested in establishing inter-generational creative
5.2 Arts and Culture – gender
5.2.1 City Gateway have an arts and textiles focus and run a course for
women. 6-10 attend and it costs £50 a week to run. Oct
5.2.2 There is interest here in extending or finding a progression route for
these women perhaps through “Stitches in time.”
5.3 Arts and Culture - Ethnicity
5.3.1 African Women‟s Welfare Association existing provision of sewing
projects that celebrate traditional cultures. Oct
5.3.2 All groups interested in exploring culture and cultural differences
through these creative projects. Oct
5.3.3 Although the Bengali community wasn‟t represented on the night
other partners felt they should also be involved. Oct
5.5 Arts and Culture – Cross cutting themes
5.5.1 City Gateway existing provision of youth based media and
multi-media projects. Oct
5.5.2 Clear desire from groups that a multi-partnered project was
welcomed, providing there were clear agreements in place. Oct
5.5.3 Splash also run Splash Arts - which focuses on community art
as an engagement tool, and has potential overlap with community arts
approaches that Groundwork often takes in designing open space Oct
5.5.4 Healthy Spaces offers the potential for using art/signage/trails
etc. to enhance use and enjoyment of open/green spaces. (They cover 7 Oct
blocks of council flats, from a Porta-Cabin just under the Westferry DLR).
6. Cross-Cutting themes
6.1 Cross Cutting themes and the life cycle
6.1.1 Lack of after school clubs/ snooker/ places to hang out liked to security
concerns (and costs) where older teens can cause trouble at existing centres
– links to drugs and alcohol – links to antisocial behaviour (dog fouling, drug Feb
paraphernalia) – links to lack of respect/ neighbourliness.
6.2 Cross Cutting themes and Gender
6.2.1 Need to raise awareness of health issues particularly among African Oct
6.2.2 SPLASH existing provision Healthy Living drop in sessions for women Oct
in St. Vincents, Limehouse.
6.3 Cross Cutting themes and ethnicity Feb
6.3.1 Escalation of anti-Muslim attitude in the area.
6.6 Cross cutting misc Feb
6.6.1 Integrate community facilities into new build planning proposals. Feb
6.6.2 Increased community participation impacts health in all 3 ways above.
6.6.3 Health-related network of community groups, PCT, other statutory
organisations - co-ordinate services, avoid duplication, cross-referrals, shared Feb
strategic thinking, shared best-practice
6.6.4 Micro-local service provision, in existing community centres - perhaps
some kind of capacity building-exercise, mapping empty community space Feb
during the week, and then moving food co-ops etc around.
6.6.5 Involve a mixture of local people and others in delivery - avoid being Feb
6.6.6 Health Bus: a double Decker based on the City Gateway Big Bus idea,
bus to provide a coking space, and activity space and also exercise Feb
equipment. Could travel around communities with food co-op produce etc.
6.6.7 Need for budgeting courses, teach people how to make the best of
their money, and give them the feeling of control, many believe they can‟t
afford a healthier lifestyle or activities for themselves and their kids, but on Feb
benefits you can.
7.1 Miscellaneous issues across the life cycle
7.1.1 Need for drug education for young people. Oct
7.1.2 Existing provision Poplar HARCA, provides youth work for 13-25 year
olds, and family learning form 8-12 years of age. Oct
7.1.3 City Gateway existing provision of skills development, work
placements and apprentice programmes for young people. Oct
7.1.4 Issue of very few young people visiting the GP. Oct
7.1.5 One gap in provision - activities that mothers and children or families
could do together. Oct
7.1.6 Need for outreach – particularly visiting old people. Feb
7.3 Miscellaneous issues and ethnicity.
7.3.1 SPLASH Existing provision of ESOL classes for Bengali and Polish Oct
7.3.2 Need to promote self-management on specific health issues, in
particular sickle cell anaemia amongst high risk ethnic groups. Oct
7.3.3 Need to raise awareness of specific diseases such as Tuberculosis,
HIV/AIDS, vascular disease and problems of KHAT use among the
Somali community. Oct
7.3.4 African Women‟s Welfare Association existing provision of assistance
with lost African children. Oct
7.3.5 African Women‟s Welfare Association existing provision of raising
awareness of sickle cell anaemia however this needs further attention. Oct
7.4.1 SPLASH existing provision of smoking cessation classes. Oct
7.4.2 Want to run more group sessions form Limehouse GP practice
however they do not have the physical room to do this. Oct
7.4.3 Limehouse practice has many doctors and nurses that are keen to
further help the community with various projects. Oct
7.4.4 Limehouse practice recommends healthy living, but has a problem
with follow up and is never sure if their advice is taken. Oct
7.4.5 Limehouse GP surgery would like to know more about these
initiatives in the area as they can advertise on their notice boards. Oct
7.4.6 There are high levels of measles and mumps in area so surgery
would be interested in working with community groups and Well
London to promote health issues and things like flu jabs. Oct
7.4.7 The GP have a 25% turnover, mostly young vulnerable people with
no support networks at all. Not enough doctors. Feb
7.4.8 One said they had inaccessible GP‟s with judgemental attitudes. Feb
7.4.9 Need more drop in centres not at the GP‟s for the Bengali community,
with more health promotion. Feb
7.4.10 Investing in personal relationships: Really important in getting
information around and encouraging people to come to things. Feb
7.4.11 Need for Drop in centre – sign posting of services, support – one stop
wellness shop. Feb
7.4.12 Perception that Yuppies come in and drive up the prices of the local
services. Also make it impossible to buy good housing. Feb
7.4.13 Also need for advertising of the available services that are accurate
and reach everyone – lack of effective communication network. Feb
7.4.14 Need for education of general hygiene, e.g. concerning spitting, dog
excrement, STD and sex education, increase access to
contraception, nappies. TB is rife. Feb
7.4.15 Personal Hygiene: People need education on it. Feb
7.4.16 Lack of continuity of funding – lack of sustainable funding strategy. Feb
7.4.17 S106 monies not being spent on wellness development. Feb
7.4.18 Transient population (25% per annum turn over on GP lists). Feb
7.4.19 Need for better family planning advice and STI prevention work. Feb
7.4.20 What ever you do make it fun! Feb
7.4.21 Use the market as a resource for connecting communities around
health and wellbeing. Eg recipes in butchers. Feb
7.4.22 Encourage people to respond to positive message not punitive
messages about their health, motivate and inspire people. Feb
7.4.23 Connect more to schools. Feb
7.4.24 Train local people as fitness trainers so they can deliver the classes
themselves. Set up a social enterprise which can be contracted to
deliver the healthy activities and programmes. Feb
7.4.25 Engage with the Olympics developments. Feb
7.4.26 Cook and eat clubs with gym equipment and advice eg including a
young person‟s GP/nurse. Feb
7.4.27 Personal development to help change people‟s perceptions of
themselves and their role in the community. Feb
7.4.28 Integrate community facilities into new build planning proposals. Feb
Increased community participation impacts health positively. Feb
7.4.29 Encourage people to volunteer – do something good with time, fills
your mind instead of boredom and increases confidence. Feb
7.4.30 Consortium doesn‟t need to work with local people, already plenty of
local organisations doing that, consortium needs to support capacity
of these organisations and help support groups of local people to run
the activities themselves. Feb
Services and Amenities Mapping
Borough & ONS code WL partner Borough lead Co-host
Tower Hamlets London Sustainability Exchange Tim Madelin City Gateway
E01004252 Director of PH, THPCT Lansbury Lodge, 117
Ricardo Street, London
SOA post codes
E14 - 7DJ 8EZ 8HB 7DL 9LN 8ED 8DT 8EX 6JW 9LH 6HX 8FN 7DB 6JG 7AE 9LJ 7HN 9HS 6JJ 8JA 9LL 6HT
7DX 6HS 7EN 7ES 6JR 6JX 6JY 7DR 7DY 6JP 7DT 7DZ 7EF 7DH 7DW 7EG 7EP 7DU 7EQ 7EB 7EA 7EE 7ED
Overview Mapping summary
The SOA is in the Limehouse ward in the Local Area Partnership (LAP) 7
Demographics: multiethnic which also covers East India & Lansbury. It comprises multiethnic
community with 1/3 Bengali and population with a dominant Bengali community and a high proportion of
¼ under 16 years. people under the age of 15.
Bangladeshi residents in Tower
Hamlets have a younger age Locally, some community-run services exist like the LLCP „Healthy
profile than those from other Eating‟ events, HARCA community herb garden at Poplar and SPLASH
ethnic groups. (South Poplar And Limehouse Action for Secure Housing) gardening project
for women. But outlets for relatively good quality, fresh produce, such as
Residents in public housing:
the food markets in Whitechapel, are located some distance from the
71%; housing stock is poor with SOA.
highest level of overcrowding
(28%) in London. Few physical activity services were identified including the LLCP Keep Fit
classes and a gym in Mile End offering a wellness pass. Similarly green
Housing tenure in the borough is
currently undergoing significant spaces are few, the chief one being Bartlett Park. Smaller areas include a
changes due to growth in private purpose built park on Brimfield street and community garden projects.
sector housing, regeneration
initiatives, registered social A considerable number of mental health services exist and target the
landlord development, and high
levels of 'right to buy' sales.
elderly and BME groups (Bangladeshi, Black African, Somali, Afro
Caribbean, Jewish, Chinese and Vietnamese).
Arts Council England, London‟s provisional database contains 325 arts
organisations in both Limehouse (intervention, E14) and East India and
Landsbury (comparison) SOAs; 40 of them are located within the E14
postcode and cover music, visual arts and theatre art forms. The level of
community interest or access to these services is not clear.
General impression of service provision in relation to WL themes and
+ Poor focus groups (see explanation of rating in the left panel):
+++ Good Theme Target groups
? Not sure Healthy eating + CYP ++
Physical activity + Gender ++
Mental health & WB ++ BME groups +++
Green spaces + Disabled +
Arts and culture ? Community groups & ++
Schools and education Primary schools: there are none in the SOA. The nearest schools are (i)
Our Lady‟s on Copenhagen Place and (ii) Stepney Greencoat (just West
Residents with no formal of the SOA).There is also (iii) Stebon School to the North on Walwood St;
education – 47% (iv) Bygrove on Bygrove St; (v) Mayflower on Upper North St; (vi)
There are at least 90 different Lansbury Lawrence on Cordelia St to the East, and (vii) St Saviours to
languages spoken within Tower the North East
Hamlets, and 69% of pupils in
the borough have English as a Secondary schools: there are none in the SOA. St Paul‟s Way (E3 4AN)
and Langdon Park (E14 0RZ) are roughly equidistant from the SOA
Health The nearest GP practice is Limehouse Practice (Gill Street Health Clinic.
11 Gill Street, London E14 8HQ).
Further away is Selvan Surgery (74-78, Gough Walk, Canton Street,
London E14 6HR)
Community organisations and City Gateway enterprise hub – activities cover Media Services, Floristry &
social enterprise Crafts, Sports Coaching, and IT.
Concordia East Community Enterprise Centre – E3 4AA
African Women Welfare Association Ayoka Association
Poplar HARCA (Housing and Regeneration Community Association)
Poplar Somali Community Association
Tower Hamlets Cooperative Development Agency
Employment & job brokerage City Gateway‟s enterprise projects include:
- ENGAGE - capacity building course, aimed at engaging &
Median income - £
motivating young people aged 15-17; offers a mixture of job
Economically active -48% (2
nd preparation, life skills and various training courses that can lead to
lowest in the country) accreditation.
Unemployed – 6%
- EXPORT - work based learning course aimed at providing a
Despite considerable economic platform from which to literally export trainees into work or further
growth in the area and education
commitment to increase job
opportunities, economic activity - Lansbury Lodge Women's Project (LLWP) - funded by the London
is low and TH experiences
unemployment rates that are Development Agency to provide training and progression routes for
among the highest in the country. women from predominately BAME backgrounds. LLWP is part of
the Lansbury Lodge Community Project (LLCP), a partnership
Unemployment rates vary between City Gateway and Tower Hamlets Community Church
considerably across the different
ethnic groups in Tower Hamlets.
(THCC). Other LLCP community programmes include Babies and
According to the Toddlers groups and after-school clubs for children such as Ballet,
2001 Census, Bangladeshis had Creative Dance, and Arts and Crafts
the highest unemployment rates,
exceeding 40% in those aged
Libraries, arts & culture Idea Store Chrisp Street (East India Dock Road, London, UK, E14 6BT) -
offers free internet access, courses and events for every age and interest,
ACE London‟s database contains
325 arts organisations in both thousands of books for loan, and CDs and DVDs for hire for a small fee
Limehouse (intervention, E14)
and East India and Landsbury Watney Market Library - 30-32, Watney Market, London, UK, E1 2PR
(comparison) SOAs; 40 of them
are in the E14 postcode.
Bancroft Local History Library and Archives (E1 4DQ) – 1.8 miles away
Limehouse Town Hall
Consortium Trust is a group
made up of 4 arts-related Cubitt Town Library (E14 3HG) – 2 miles
organisations working in the
Town Hall – Creative Week, Arts organisations within E14 postcode (ACE London database):
Primal Pictures, Stitches in Time
and Boxing Club. Their activities
cover education programmes,
Organisation Postcode Art form
social enterprise, cultural events, 1. River Cultures Festival E14 8SR Dance
publications and workshops 2. Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra Ltd E14 4AB Music
3. Company FZ E14 0JW Theatre
Cultural visits to the theatre and 4. Roland Egan Productions E14 9FE Theatre
arts are estimated to be above
national average for the new 5. Strangelings E14 0JW Theatre
residents but well below for 6. Wadajir Somali Community E14 0EG Theatre
established community members 7. Art 2 Architecture London Ltd E14 8BP Visual arts
8. Gate E14 0JW Visual arts
9. Hi8us South E14 7EQ Visual arts
10. Interlude Magazine E14 7HA Visual arts
11. Limehouse Town Hall Consortium Trust E14 7HA Visual arts
12. Ss Robin Trust E14 4AE Visual arts
13. Stitches In Time E14 7HA Visual arts
14. Surface To Air Ltd E14 0BG Visual arts
15. The Prenelle Gallery E14 4AE Visual arts
16. Zulu Mint Limited E14 0JW Visual arts
17. Alpha Grove Centre E14 8LH
18. Bantumusic Band E14 7PG
19. BiMA Dance Company E14 9UN
20. Blau Productions E14 3AT
21. Continuuuum Arts E14 8SR
22. Derrick, Emma E14 8NU
23. Dianne Davies Designs E14 0JW
24. Friends Of Stitches In Time E14 7HA
25. Generating Company Ltd E14 0JW
26. Ideaal Projects E14 0JW
27. Int‟l Visual Communications Association E14 9RP
28. Leaside Regeneration Ltd E14 6RN
29. Map Productions E14 8AP
30. Mooch E14 0JW
31. Museum In Docklands E14 4AL
32. Random Showers E14 8PB
33. Renaissance One E14 6RP
34. Revellers E14 9GR
35. Splash Arts E14 0AE
36. The Cedar Centre E14 9WA
37. The Space E14 3RS
38. Trini Lit-Fete E14 6RP
39. Version Group (The Boxing Club) E14 7HA
40. Xebek E14 0QT
Green spaces & play areas Purpose built park on Brimfield street for 11 year olds and younger
Although green spaces are
available many of these are Community garden projects
dominated by older youths who
other‟s find intimidating. Bartlett Park (v close/in the SOA) - may be up for improvement next year
as part of the Parks/LAP green space strategy which will mean there will
The area is in need of attention
to facilitate the removal of
be significant match available if timed right. An organisation called
excessive dog excrement, drug Friends of Bartlett Park is working with the LB Tower Hamlets Open
paraphernalia and local drunks. Spaces team. David Bratby, Programme Director for SPLASH Arts, is
Would also benefit from flood already working with the Open Spaces team consulting communities
lights to encourage activities across Tower Hamlets to improve green spaces as well as working with
during the winter evenings.
Pennyfields (a green space in E14 just south of the SOA) - recent
consultation on this open space with the Parks and THP team with David
has already culminated in a new football/sports facility for this space,
online for summer 2008. There is hope to attract more resources for
community art and further improvement for next year to add to this initial
LLCP - Healthy Eating events
Consumption of 5 portions of fruit
and vegetables per day is well
below the London average Some food coops
Access to healthy and affordable HARCA community herb garden – at Poplar
food is limited with a vast number
of shops only offering fast food
and newsagent type products. SPLASH (South Poplar And Limehouse Action for Secure Housing)
Additionally, local markets are women‟s gardening project.
reported to offer food of quite
poor quality or simply too At a further distance from the SOA are good food markets such as those
expensive. Local food coops are
available, but under–advertised. in Whitechapel.
Physical activity LLCP - Keep Fit classes
Levels of activity and
entertainment within the SOA A gym in Mile End offers a wellness pass
differ dramatically between local
established residents and those Mile End Stadium (Rhodeswell Road, London, UK, E14 7TW) - offers a
new to the area. PA such walking full range of leisure facilities including athletics, sports hall, astro pitches,
and cycling are estimated as
below national average for the
grass pitches, cricket and tennis
Barriers to PA include cost, lack
of confidence to break away from
the peer group, being single and
lack of awareness about the
Mental health Community Mental Health Team
Prevalence of depression and
anxiety, and rates of MH hospital African-Caribbean, Asian and Somali Hospital Visiting Schemes - E3 4LY
admissions are higher than the
London average A number of BME-specific services, mainly:
African & African-Caribbean Communities
BME targeted services are also - African Caribbean Project – Mind in Tower Hamlets
provided for Jewish, Chinese and - African Women‟s Welfare Association
- Creative Insights Project – Mind in Tower Hamlets
- Pritchard's Road Centre
- The Mellow Campaign
- Tower Hamlets African Caribbean Mental Health
- Bangladeshi Access Service (BAS)
- Bangladeshi Men‟s Project – Mind in Tower Hamlets
- Bangladeshi Women‟s Project – Mind in Tower Hamlets
- Bangladeshi Youth Movement
- Bengali Cultural Association of London
- Bondhon Women‟s Group
- Boyan Bangladeshi Women‟s Group
- British Bengali Welfare Association
- Nafas: Bangladeshi Drugs Project
- Primary Care Mental Health Workers
- Tower Hamlets Friends & Neighbours
- Toynbee Hall Legal Advice Centre
- Women‟s Health & Family Service
- Daryeelka Maanka – Mind in Tower Hamlets
- Project Liban
- Tower Hamlets Friends & Neighbours
- Tower Hamlets Law Centre
- Women‟s Health & Family Service
- Zitat – Mind in Tower Hamlets
Other service provision and
Community consultations by the
Young Foundation highlighted a
number of concerns and project
plans for the ward, suggesting
initiatives such as health coffee
mornings, improving access to
services through door-to-door
engagement and community
referrals implemented by the
prescription of social/community
activities by GPs.
Tower Hamlets intervention site
Tower Hamlets is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse areas of the country. Limehouse
LSOA E01004252 is inhabited by 1,730 people. Just over 70% of the population represents a mix
of established multiethnic communities living in social housing, whilst 51.92% of the population are
white, less than half of them are British2. New influxes of white residents are occurring in the
recently developed areas, often upwardly mobile singles and childless couples. Overall 31% of
residents are of Bangladeshi and 6.31% of African ethnicity2. Overall 24.4% of the population are
children under the age of 16. Limehouse has an IMD of 70.9 and is the 4th most deprived LSOA in
Location and Environment
The Limehouse ward falls into Local Area Partnership 7 which covers East India & Lansbury, and
Limehouse wards. The LSOA is about half a mile north east of Canary Wharf bordered by
Limehouse cut in the North, and spanning the East India Dock Rd to reach down in the south to
Westferry Station. Limehouse ward has a high rate of fatal accidents associated with the Burdett
Road and East India Dock road junction.8 At ward level, the percentage of Council below standard
(77.5%) in April 2005 remains significantly higher than the national average of 35%. At the same
time, the escalation in private housing prices and rental costs caused by the housing boom and
redevelopment in the area has made affordable homes hard to find.1 Only 7.77% of Limehouse
SOA residents own their home outright and 11.4% with a mortgage, placing it in firmly within the
bottom 15% in London. Twenty two percent of residents live in Housing Association and 49% in
Local Authority (top 10% in London for both ) rented accommodation and
Limehouse ward remains highest out of all Tower Hamlet wards for the greatest proportion of
council tenants requesting transfers due to overcrowding.8 Local people report that bad housing
means that kids want to get out of the house. However within the Limehouse SAO there are few
places for young people to go for recreational purposes or activities, and this is reported to
generate problems with drink and drugs, domestic strife, family breakdown and violence.
Limehouse SOA is in the top 15% of London SOAs for overcrowding (28% of households) and in
the top 25% for homes without central heating.
Existing data and local consultations have highlighted a concern for the lack of neighbourliness in
the area. The established community also are much more likely than the national average to
believe that their neighbours go their own way and that the area is not a good place to live 10.
Within the more established communities there are multiple concerns about the neighbourhood.
Problems with noisy neighbours, burnt out cars, racism and homes in bad condition are estimated
at twice the national average and concerns over teenagers hanging out, rubbish and people using
or dealing drugs at 50% above the national average.
There are a number of conspicuous derelict buildings and rubbish dumps (old secondary school
backing onto Lindfield St.) and the local baths/swimming pool has been left disused for several
In contrast to the majority of Tower Hamlet wards, males in the Limehouse ward have experienced
an increase in Standardised Mortality Rates (SMR) and females continue to have the highest rate
of SMR and the lowest female life expectancy figures in the Borough8. All cause age standardized
death rates on the SOA are in the top 2% in London. The Limehouse SOA is in the top 15% of
London SOAs for years of potential life lost per thousand people. The MOA containing the SOA is
in the top 102% of all MOAs in London for death from myocardial infarction and in the top 5% for
death from stroke. Additionally 24.76% and 20.75% of the working population suffer from limiting
long term illness, placing Limehouse SOA in the top 2% on both accounts.7 Stroke related
admissions to hospital in the MOA are top 1% in London, yet admissions for myocardial infarction
are lower: just inside the top 30%, which may suggest an issue with reporting the symptoms early.
However rates of smoking and obesity are estimated as average for London while proportion of
the population who binge drink is estimated as in the lowest 12% in London 6. Finally, at ward level
there are concerns for high rates of teenage conception and pressure among health care services,
for example there is only 1 dentist for every 2,906 people1.
The Mental Health index for Limehouse SOA stands at 1.3, thus indicating a high greater than
average prevalence of depression and anxiety, and is the 5th highest of London SOAs.
Furthermore, mental health hospital admissions for the MOA are in the top 20% for London. The
SOAs has 8% of the population claiming incapacity benefit for mental health issues and is in the
top 1% of London SOAs on this indicator. The proportion of those claiming incapacity benefit for
mental health issues places them 45th in London, within the top 1% 7 . Mental health is also
reported to be seriously affected by the environment. The established population have high levels
of concern about rape, racism, insults and pestering, attack from strangers and mugging. Local
residents have identified as particular issues in the LAP 7 area a) the need for study support and
family learning; b) a lack of aspiration and positive role models leading to high unemployment; c)
poor take-up of primary care services, particularly screening services and d) a need to increase the
range of services delivered in community settings 9.
Only 20.6% of Limehouse SOA residents consume more than five portions of fruit and veg per day;
well below the London average of 27.6, placing them in the bottom 10%. Only 36.6% consuming
more than 5 fruit and veg per day which is 10% under the national average. Access to healthy and
affordable food is limited with a vast number of shops only offering fast food and newsagent type
products. Additionally, local markets are reported to offer food of quite poor quality or simply too
expensive. Local food coops are available, but under–advertised. If people are prepared to travel,
good food markets do exist such as those in Whitechapel.
The level of activities and entertainment within the Limehouse SOA differs dramatically between
the local established residents and those new to the area. Cultural visits to the theatre and arts are
estimated to be above national average for the new residents and well below for established
community members. Furthermore, activities such walking and cycling are all estimated as below
national average for this former group10. Around the SOA there is a lack of affordable gym facilities
and although a discount card is available it appears that few people know about it. Including this is
a gym in Mile End which offers a wellness pass. Locals have expressed strong interest in activities
such as swimming, however these are expensive. Barriers such as cost are coupled with issues
around confidence to break away from the peer group, being single and simply not knowing about
the opportunities. Participation in voluntary and charity work within the more established
community are estimated at national average, however for the smaller, less established community
they are substantially below.
Within Limehouse SOA benefit dependency is common with 12% claiming DLA (London rank top
2%), 16% claiming IC/SDA (London rank top 0.5%) and 32% claiming IS (highest SOA in London);
and 15% claiming JSA State pension is collected by 41% of the population, which could be a
reflection of the young age of the community4.
Just under half of the population (47.43%) have no formal qualifications which place them in the
top 1% for London SOAs. Whilst level 1, 2, 3 and 4 qualifications are low at 13.87%, 12.9% ,
7.76% and 13.09% respectively, placing them just outside the bottom 10% for level 4. Attainment
of other formal qualification is also low at 4.95% for the total population 2.
Raising aspirations and educational attainment are considered critical to the future wellbeing of
local residents, especially in helping to support their entry into sustainable employment. 15% of
economically active Tower Hamlets residents hold no formal educational qualifications, compared
with 9% across London as a whole. 1 Fuelling this, at ward level Limehouse students are seen to
underperform at GCSE (level 2) compared to the borough average1.
Despite a 14.8% reduction in total crime within the Limehouse ward from 2004 to 2005 levels of
fear of crime remain high. Reports highlight a focus upon achieving the ambitious targets in the
Crime and Drugs Reduction Strategy, particularly reducing anti-social behaviour, violent and drug
related crimes, focusing upon those related to the acquisition of drugs. 1 In contrast to the majority
of Tower Hamlets wards the number of reported incidents of residential burglary within Limehouse
has increased over recent years. However, street crime reported as among the lowest in the whole
Although green spaces are available many of these are dominated by older youths who other‟s find
intimidating. On Brimfield street there is a purpose built park for 11 year olds and younger,
however, due this is often closed due to frequent vandalism. Plans to reopen the park are in
discussion. Locals view parks as potential areas for safe and fresh play and sports such as
football, however the area is in much need of attention to facilitate the removal of excessive dog
excrement, drug paraphernalia and local drunks they would also benefit from flood lights to
encourage activities during the winter evenings.
Despite the considerable economic growth in the area and commitments to increase job
opportunities, proportions of the population who are economically active in the borough is the
second lowest in the country.1 Within the SOA population only 47.8% are economically active
placing them in the bottom 1% for London SOAs. Additionally the unemployment rate is 6%,
among the highest 25% among London SOAs.2 Conversely, Job centre estimates suggest that at
ward level unemployment has dropped by 10% between the years 2004-200512.
Recent community consultations by the Young Foundation highlighted a number of concerns and
project plans for the ward, suggesting initiatives such as health coffee mornings, improving access
to services through door-to-door engagement and community referrals implemented by the
prescription of social/community activities by GPS. These and many more were raised and
considered in terms of the barrier to achievement with a list of follow up actions11 Additionally the
City Gateway has a number of successful partnerships with lifeline community Projects and the
THCC offering a vast range of projects including social enterprise, media and IT classes for locals
of all ages. Over the last year City Gateway have engaged over 1,000 people 13. With City
Gateway‟s successes in mind, SOA residents have voiced strong interest in the development of
more personal and local projects for the Limehouse area.
1. Tower Hamlets LAA 2. Census Key Data, (2001) 3. LHO Data. 4. Department of Work &
Pensions. 5. 2004 Population Resident Estimates 6. HSE Data (2000-2002)
7. Office of National Statistics. 8. Tower Hamlets Partnership – Ward Data Report 2005. 9. Tower
Hamlets Primary Care Trust. LAP 7. An Assessment of Health Need Tower Hamlets PCT 10.
Experian data. 11. The Young Foundation.
12. Jobcentre Plus & GLA Estimates, Mar-05. 13. City Gateway 2006.
LSOA Code E01004252
Ward Name Limehouse
Demographic Education Economic Benefits
Population (2004) 1730 Percent no qualifications 47.43
Males 837 Rank in London (out of 4765) 25 Economic Activity Rate 48% % claiming Disability Living Allowance 12%
Working Age 1036 Percent level 1 quals 13.87 Rank in London (out of 4765) 4730 Rank in London (out of 4765) 98
% claiming incapacity benefit or severe
% under 16 24% Rank in London (out of 4765) 2137 disablement allowance 16%
Ranking in London %under 16 (of 4765) 694 Percent level 2 quals 12.9 Unemployment rate 6% Rank in London (out of 4765) 21
Percent White 51.92 Rank in London (out of 4765) 4010 Rank in London (out of 4765) 1101 % claiming income support 32%
Ranking in London (out of 4765) 3969 Percent level 3 quals 7.76 Rank in London (out of 4765) 1
Percent Bangladeshi 30.97 Rank in London (out of 4765) 3673 % claiming jobseekers allowance 15%
Percent Black African 6.31 Percent level 4 quals 13.09 Rank in London (out of 4765) 3
Rank in London (out of 4765) 4286
Health Health Health Mental Health
Cause of death -all: age 1574.
Synthetic estimate of % smokers 27.6 Years of potential life lost ( per 1000) 86.91 standardised rate 7 Index of Mental Health (mean=0) 1.3
Percentile 52% Ranking in London (4765) 631 Ranking in London (4765) 77 Ranking in London (4765) 5
Cause of Death: MI age- Hospital admissions for mental health: age-
Synthetic estimate of % binge drinkers 10.9 Percent with LLTI 24.76 standardised rate 18.7 standardised rate 536.8
Percentile 17% Ranking in London (4765) 64 Ranking in London (959) 73 Ranking in London (959) 159
Cause of Death: Stroke age- % pop claiming Incapacity benefit or SDA for
Synthetic estimate of % obese 19.2 % working-age pop with LLTI 20.75 standardised rate 24.4 MH 8%
Percentile 49% Ranking in London (4765) 90 Ranking in London (959) 44 Ranking in London (4765) 45
Hospital Admissions Stroke
SE %Adults 5+ fruits 20.6 age-standardised rate 313
Percentile 8% Ranking in London (959) 10
SE % Children 5+ fruits 36.6
Level 1: 1+ 'O' level passes, 1+ CSE/GCSE any grades, NVQ level 1, Foundation GNVQ
Level 2: 5+ 'O' level passes, 5+ CSEs(grade 1s), 5+ GCSEs (grades A-C), School Certificate, 1+ 'A' levels/AS levels, NVQ level 2, Intermediate GNVQ
Level 3: 2+ 'A' levels, 4+ AS level, Higher School certificate, NVQ level 3, Advanced GNVQ
Level 4: First degree, Higher Degree, NVQ levels 4 & 5, HNC, HND, Qualified teacher status, Qualified Medical Doctor, Qualified Dentist, Qualified Nurse, Midwife, health Visitor
% own outright Average household size 2.54
7.77 Percentage of
Ranking in London (4765) 4170 Ranking in London (4765) population in
Percentage of 1399
% own with mortgage 11.84 Rooms per household
Poscodes postcodes 3.9
Ranking in London (4765) 4458 Ranking in London (4765) 4168
% rent from LA B8: Just 48.76
moving in 17.95
percent overcrowded 21.57 28.09
Ranking in London (4765) D26: South Asian 445
Ranking in London 6.58 755
% rent private landlord E36: Metro Multiculture
Without central heating 71.85 4.42
Ranking in London (4765) 3635 Ranking in London (4765) 3676
% rent from housing 22.44 Without sole use of bath/shower/toilet 0
Ranking in London (4765) 425 Ranking in London (4765) 3458
Characteristics derived from Experian Profiles
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Experian Archetype Poscodes
B08: Just Moving In 17.95
D26: South Asian Industry 7.69
F36: Metro Multiculture 74.36
In the table below the numbers are the percentages which the area is expected to be above or below
the national average value
Characteristics derived from Experian Profiles
Diet Neighbourhood problems
bad diet 31 Noisy Neighbours 104
Teenagers hanging about 33
Physical Activity Rubbish 27
gym membership -26 Vandalism and graffiti 47
marathon participation -39 Racism 97
People using or dealing in 49
Smoke and Drink drugs in bad condition
smoker 10 Burnt out cars 86
heavy smoker 41
Drink alcohol daily -46 Worries
Heavy/medium beer drinking 32 Things stolen from car 25
Car stolen -8
Hospital Admissions Mugging 22
HES Total admissions -3 Burglary 9
HES Emergency -36 Rape 35
HES Alcohol and drug abuse 24 Attack from strangers 22
HES Mental Health 30 Insulted or pestered 86
Racial attack 102
HES Teenage Pregnancies 26 Leisure
Social Capital Football -2
Neighbours help each other -24 Golf -27
Neighbours go own way 22 Hiking and walking -33
Good place to live -22 Ski-ing and snowboarding -5
Average place to live 108 Theatre and the arts -12
Bad place to live 119 Voluntary and charity work -2
Well London Projects Overview
The programme has a two-tier design. Of the fourteen projects, eight are 'theme-based' and promote mental
well-being, healthy eating and open spaces and physical activity. Overarching these are seven 'Heart of the
Community' projects that will deliver capacity building and training, community consultation and engagement
and promote access.
Will make it easier for people in our target communities to eat healthily because good quality, affordable,
culturally appropriate and healthy food will be easier to buy. Responding to local needs identified in our
ongoing assessment, Buywell will support organisations and individuals to:
Introduce healthier choices on the menus and ranges of local food to restaurants and/or shops
Increase the use of healthy, seasonal food in community meals, eg older people's lunch clubs
Set up new community-led "food co-ops" as social enterprises (where gaps exist), linked to local
Expand the role of existing "food co-ops" so that they help people to access other food, mental
health and physical activity-related services. Assist them to become more financially independent.
Buywell links closely to Eatwell and with the Well London delivery team project. A number of Well London
members will be trained to design, run and evaluate food access initiatives that meet the needs of local
residents (see "Training Communities"). The Big Lottery Grant will pay for a Food Access Development
Worker and a Retail Worker, the set up of 6 "food co-ops", and some staff time within a local partner in each
community to help coordinate local delivery.
Will increase the take-up of healthy food and build a sense of community by
a) Raising awareness of how to eat for good physical and mental health
b) Making healthy eating more attractive and easier to do
c) Celebrating food
The grant will pay for:
New healthy "Cook and eat" clubs (where they do not already exist), with support initially but later led
by trained members of the community. Sessions will be fun, safe, sociable and inclusive.
"Community feasts" to bring the community together in celebration, showcase healthy, seasonal and
local foods, and celebrate cultural traditions represented in each area.
Members of the Well London Delivery Team will support people to eat healthily by helping them to take up
the activities above and existing support through schemes like "5 a day", with some of them receiving
community food work training (see "Training Communities").As a result, people will increase in their
confidence, awareness and ability to eat healthily, and in ways that contribute to wider environmental and
social goals (such as reducing "food miles" and reducing social isolation). Where an individual has caring
responsibilities, they will be able to feed their dependent(s) in a more healthy and sustainable fashion.
Activate London will increase physical activity (PA) levels through:
Increasing range of sports and active recreation activities available within, or accessible to, the
community through signposting existing opportunities and delivering new activities;
Through the co-production approach, incentivise local people to be more physically active and
become catalysts for change;
Promote Active Living for all;
Working with target groups to identify, develop and deliver activities that engage them.
Activities will be developed and delivered locally by the Peer/Community Health Activators in partnership with
residents, with specialist programmes bought in as appropriate. Individuals/groups will be supported to
access existing and WL programmes and be more active every day.
Activities may include: using the outdoors, including use of Wellbeing maps to access existing programmes
or for walking; sports/active recreation, from football to yoga, seated classes for elders to street games and
circus skills for children/young people. Through inter-generational and cross-cultural programmes (E.g.
Active Community festivals), it will also increase social cohesion.
Culture and creativity
Be Creative, Be Well will use the arts and cultural activity to help engage communities and
individuals in a process of change, to improve environments and provide accessible physical activities.
60 tailor-made projects designed in response to and led by the needs assessments of and consultations with
communities will be delivered. A project manager will broker relationships between communities, other
portfolio providers and professional arts organisations with extensive experience of community-led delivery.
The programme will achieve:
Community networking/bonding through intergenerational/reminiscence projects, particularly those
which promote greater community understanding
Improvement in the mental health of individuals by increasing social networks with uplifting,
collaborative projects, building on local community traditions and cultures e.g choirs and sewing
Support communities to develop their commissioning skills (e.g. contracting/ designing projects) to
embed the arts as an effective, viable tool for engagement and regeneration long term.
Links for GPs to arts-based referral systems for mild to moderate mental health issues to lessen
reliance on medication and reintroduce people to their communities
Increased physical activity through dance, especially for 11 - 19 years and over 60s.
Use of the arts to promote healthy eating and living e.g. creating materials that 'talk' to local people
and interpret complex information.
Improve employability and self confidence by signposting of young people to the Arts Award, an individually
designed programme accredited at NVQ level 1-3
Programmes build on the opportunities that open spaces offer for communities' health and wellbeing.
Physical improvements that involve the local community in every step of the programmes from planning to
implementation will be complemented by structured programmes of activities. The grant will pay for physical
improvements, including:· improving existing spaces such as parks and communal spaces on social housing
estates, e.g. through community arts approaches, designing community gardens , play areas and allotments
· creating new and improving existing traffic-free routes between open spaces and residential areas, shops,
schools etc. through landscaping, signage, sculpture trails, in conjunction with the Active Living Maps
Revenue-based activities include:
therapeutic horticulture schemes, based on open recruitment and GP referral schemes
family learning schemes for parents and children, including outdoor programmes such as a health
walks, growing fresh food and healthy eating
community gardening, also linking to the WL physical activity and food projects
open space maintenance and management plans that are linked to employment opportunities in
All activities will support local people in developing a sense of ownership for their spaces and foster
community cohesion, thereby also tackling social isolation and related mental health problems.
Mental health and well-being
Changing Minds will recruit and train local people with direct experience of mental ill health to deliver
mental health awareness training in SOA communities, empowering people to use their experience to help
reduce the stigma and discrimination faced by many people with mental health problems and promote
understanding of mental health and well-being.
The project will:
a) reduce stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems
b) increase understanding of mental health and well-being
c) provide employment opportunities for people with mental health problems
d) develop the capacity of local organisations to deliver their own tailored Changing Minds programmes
Changing Minds aims to
train 3 local people from each SOA (60 in total) as mental health awareness (MHA) and anti-stigma
trainers (6 month part-time course)
train 50 people from local community and statutory organisations as MHA trainers to work with
direct-experience trainers (free 4 day course in return for 4 days training delivery each year)
produce Train-the-Trainers pack and guidance
support host organisations to deliver Train-the-Trainer packages.
co-ordinate learning network events every six months to bring trainers together for professional
development, refresher training and problem-solving. (These learning networks will link with the
DIY Happiness will deliver concrete, evidence-based messages and resources around what keeps
people mentally healthy and well, and increase understanding of how people can protect themselves and
their communities from the long-term effects of chronic stress.
The project will use humour, creativity and evidence emerging from the field of positive psychology to
provide practical advice and information that will increase people's ability to 'bounce back' from adversity,
reduce both the physical and the psychological impact of stress, increase resilience, and build durable
Activities will include:
1. 'Can Money Buy Happiness?'
Theatre-in-health-education play to provoke discussion about what we think makes us happy. Humour and
'hot-seating' approach act as catalysts, enabling audiences to relax and absorb the information conveyed in
an entertaining and interactive way.
2. D.I.Y. Happiness Kits:
Individual and group resource kits including tools, tips and techniques for well-being to reinforce key
messages and improve understanding of determinants of mental well-being.
3. 'Dare to Dream' awards
Individual and group awards to realise ideas that promote well-being and increase local happiness.
Neighbourhood panels will decide awards and WL will work with recipients to provide support where needed.
Mental Well-being Impact Assessment (MWIA) enables stakeholders to identify the
potential impacts on mental well-being of their proposals/projects/programmes. It results in an action plan to
maximise positive and minimise negative impacts and enables the creation of stakeholder measures of
Over the first 18 months the project will support and train, 4-6 local people from each SOA to undertake 40
MWIAs. (50% of MWIAs will be on Well London projects and 50% on key local issues identified through local
The project will take an "active learning" approach. Trainees will be supported by an experienced facilitator
on their first MWIA before leading on a second MWIA. This will be underpinned by training in facilitation and
mental well-being provided by the Training Communities project. A learning network, (linked to Wellnet), will
bring together MWIA trainees from across SOA every six months.
Each MWIA will be delivered in partnership with a local organisation identified through the Well London
consultation and supported by an MWIA advisor to build local capacity.
The project will:
Deliver a portfolio better tuned to deliver mental well-being across all activities;
Deliver a set of well-being indicators set by local stakeholders
Engage communities and increasing understanding around mental well-being
Develop local capacity to undertake MWIAs
Heart of the Community projects
CADBE (Community Engagement, Assessment, Design, Brokerage, Enterprise) has five roles within the
Leading the community engagement process, an ongoing process of engagement
Mapping existing service, initiative and project provision
Baselining the current state of the communities in relation to the Well London themes, both at the
start and finish of the Well London programme, in order to evaluate Well London‟s success
Delivering local brokerage and leverage of service providers, and developing social enterprises
Delivering a multimedia record of the journey.
Well London Delivery Team
This project aims to give people from our 20 SOAs the motivation, support, skills and confidence to increase
opportunities for others in the community to improve their well-being.
Before submitting the bid to BIG Lottery, our community engagement process highlighted the opportunity to
train and support residents already active in their communities as volunteers to:
a) “signpost” people to services and resources, for example counselling services or a local food co-op
b) act as advocate for people as they engage with service providers
c) increase the responsiveness of local services by providing a “feedback loop”, linking to the
brokerage work in our CADBE project
d) encourage people to take up healthier lifestyles
We considered commissioning a local partner organisation to identify and support 5-10 volunteers as “Well
London Delivery Team” members for 3 years of the project, with accredited training. As we have continued to
discuss this within our communities, we have been made increasingly aware of the challenge foreseen in
engaging and retaining the locally-based volunteers who will make up the proposed Delivery Teams.
Timebanks for Wellbeing - We have therefore been exploring potential co-production models along the
lines of Timebanks that would offer incentives for people to get (and stay) involved in the Delivery Teams, as
well as other elements of Well London. This is potentially a very exciting development, which should really
support the sustainability of programmes in each community for the longer term.
Representatives of our co-hosts have been invited to attend a workshop in December to develop the project
further and explore how this could be implemented for each community.
This project will set up and support a well-being focused Learning Network for communities and
professionals. Interventions to promote well-being across London will be more effective because new
insights, tools and ways of working developed through Well London and other programmes in London will be
shared between our 20 target communities, and with the Borough and PCTs where they are located, and
with strategic agencies working pan London
The grant will pay for:
a) An Events series Pan London: 2 events per year for communities and professionals will offer a mix of
high-level learning for senior policy makers and practitioners and more specific learning for those working at
community level. Borough level: 3-4 sessions per year in our 20 target Boroughs will be held as part of an
existing network. They will ensure that Well London activities in the SOA fit into local strategies and
approaches developed in the SOA are replicated more widely. Existing sub-regional networks will also be
used to share learning.
b) Regular newsletters, and publications and a CD-Rom toolkit including inspiring case studies, top tips, tools
and techniques) Fully interactive micro site for Wellnet members including online resources and e-discussion
groups Wellnet will be operational from April 2008 for 3.5 years.
The Training Communities project will coordinate, develop and commission training for community members
on behalf of all of the Well London projects The Training Communities project will fulfil the 'Dual Task' of
delivering high quality projects that increase physical activity, healthy eating and mental wellbeing through
investing in the capacity of the local community to develop and deliver these projects, a wish that was
strongly expressed throughout the consultation process. Besides providing training and personal
development resources that support and enable the other Well London projects, it will also be a key step in
ensuring sustainability through creating pathways of training, employment and social enterprise for local
service delivery, and hence close links with the learning and social enterprise projects. WL will provide
access to bespoke or existing accredited and non-accredited programmes in the following areas:
Practical skills: E.g. fitness, exercise or sports leadership; food activators; horticulture and design;
digital media skills. A skills audit of local organisations and residents will support these training
Process skills: including leadership training; community development processes; consultation
facilitation; mental health impact assessment; negotiation and communication skills; evaluation
The Alliance recognises the specific issues underpinning training and employment in highly deprived
communities and will ensure ongoing support and individually-focused learning are built in.
Youth.comUnity seeks to ensure that the voices of children and young people are heard in all aspects of
Well London's development and delivery and that they are involved in all projects as valued and equal
members of the local community.
It will work with children and young people to prepare them and support their involvement in the full range of
Well London programmes, from the initial identification of need through the Community Needs Assessment
through to development and delivery of the themed programmes (such as physical activity, open spaces
It will work alongside local school councils and youth fora but also actively engage with young people not in
employment, education or training, who may be on the street or involved in other provision. It will identify and
support children and young people as peer mentors who will work to both engage others and act as
advocates, if appropriate, through the Well London programmes.
Wellbeing funding will employ two youth workers/informal educators who will work across the WL portfolio,
along with a small programme budget for engagement activities.
Active Living Map
Using GIS technology web based maps will be developed for each SOA. Building on existing provision e.g.
Local Authority' sources, London Green Map http://www.london21.org/map.php the map will draw together in
a single resource a broad range of well being opportunities within easy access of each community.
Information ranging from green spaces and parks, physical activities facilities and food co-ops, allotments,
farmers markets etc, will be displayed in a simple accessible format.
A paper map will be delivered to households in the target SOA via our well-being delivery team, as well as
GPs, community centres, local delivery agents and local authorities. The web-based maps will be updated
quarterly and the paper versions reprinted annually.
The map will:
Increase local knowledge and awareness of resources and services
Increase opportunities for making healthy eating choices
Increase opportunities for and levels of physical activity
Create opportunities for employment or volunteering as walk leaders, brokered through CADBE.