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1 Well London Community Engagement and Development London Forum for Alcohol Practitioners 18 September 2009

2 The strategic partnership for health in London Aims to reduce health inequalities and improve the health of all Londoners Multi-sectoral – all key sectors represented at regional level Influencing, supporting, driving change Focus on social determinants of health

3 What is Well London? £9.46M from BIG Lottery Fund Partnership approach supporting local action Objectives: –Changing perspectives on mental health by tackling stigma and promoting positive mental well-being –Increased access to and consumption of healthy food –Increased opportunities for people to become more active 20 areas across London

4 Well London Alliance London Health Commission Central YMCA Groundwork London London Sustainability Exchange University of East London South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Arts Council-London

5 20 lower super output areas Brent Croydon Greenwich Hammersmith & Fulham Haringey Islington Lambeth Newham Tower Hamlets Barking & Dagenham Camden Ealing Enfield Hackney Hounslow Kensington & Chelsea Lewisham Waltham Forest Westminster Southwark

6 Where we work

7 Outcomes 34, 508 direct beneficiaries will have increased opportunity for healthy levels of physical activity, healthy eating and mental well being 5,176 direct beneficiaries will have improved mental health and well being and in addition there will be more positive community perspectives on mental health & well being 4,602 direct beneficiaries (3,424 adults and 1,178 children) will have increased uptake of healthy eating choices; including enhanced access to affordable healthy foods 4,348 direct beneficiaries will have increased levels of healthy physical activity

8 Features of Well London Partnership approach to delivery Work at the very local level Work in the most deprived communities Innovative approach to community engagement Community development approach Join up, integrate and add value to local work on healthy eating, physical activity, mental health and open spaces, and use of cultural and creative practice throughout Rigorous evaluation Influencing policy and practice across London and beyond

9 Co production, community development approach Involving residents at all levels in Well London Using and developing assets and expertise within local communities

10 Projects Heart of the Community: CADBE* W L Delivery Team Youth.comUnity Active Living Map Training Communities Wellnet * Community Assessment, Design, Brokerage, Enterprise Themed: Activate London BuyWell EatWell Changing Minds DIY Happiness MWIA Healthy Spaces Be Creative Be Well


12 Community engagement was a key element of needs assessment in design of Well London interventions Data Profiles Compilation and Analysis of Routine date Mapping Map existing services, provision and amenities Community Engagement Community Cafes Community Action Workshops Baseline Adult and Adolescent Surveys Measure HPA, HE, Mental Wellbeing Tailored Area-Specific Activities Project Portfolio Leverage Review by Comm / Stakeholders Delivery

13 Innovative Approach to Community Engagement Dual Task approach –Information and problem solving –Capacity Building Two Community Cafes in Each Area based on World Cafe Concept plus street interviews and focus groups Community Action Workshop in each area based on Appreciative enquiry (joint with community members and stat/vol sector stakeholders). Just under 1,400 engaged (1,100 Cafe & FG participants and 300 street interviews) Wide spread in ethnicity and tradition and age / sex Approx 5% of the resident population So findings are expressed needs and perceptions of a significant sample of people living in the most deprived areas of London



16 Findings – Key themes Looking across the areas: Concerns of and about Youth Lack of Community and Community Cohesion Parks, green space and dogs Fast food and healthy eating Communication Coordination and sustainability

17 Action – young people Specific initiatives in specific areas project involving young people in all aspects of Well London delivery Leveraging local authority provision Focus on cross-generational projects Adoption of the GLA Youth Peer Outreach approach

18 Action - Lack of Community Heart of community projects, arts and festival activities, time banking etc all focusing on cohesion Work with local authorities to surface issues and leverage response on community centres

19 Action - Open spaces Work on improving open space aesthetically; and bringing activities into it. Work with local authorities to surface issue and secure better enforcement of existing laws and regulations.

20 Action - healthy eating Buywell working on supply side Eatwell working on demand side


22 Commissioning Principles Partners should wherever possible commission local organisations/groups/individuals with relevant expertise Where local expertise is not available, the commissioned organisation or individual should work in partnership with local organisations/groups/individuals to build local capacity through delivery

23 Well London Delivery Team Outreach / referral / signposting team Local people Based on the PCTs Health Trainer Model and Healthy Behaviours Approach Empower local people and engage with the community


25 Logo competition Involvement of communities in developing a strong visual identify for Well London Competition open to all residents who lived in the target areas Residents encouraged to vote for the short-listed logos Winner was 15 year old Joshua from Brent

26 Youth.comUnity Project Team of Young Ambassadors Allows young people to have ideas which can be implemented Creates a bottom-up approach to planning projects which impact on and/or engage young people Opportunities for young people to become active citizens

27 Challenges Time needed to build relationships in each area Overworked volunteers and/or the usual suspects Not always representative: some generations, postcodes or genders miss out

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