In early September I met with Diana Young the WellFair Project Coordinator at the West Euston Partnership.
Diana provided an overview of the work carried out under the auspices of the WellFair Project.
“The Project is a partnership between the Bengali Workers’ Association, Green Light Pharmacy, Fitzrovia Youth in Action and the Third Age Project and its aim is to bring a range of health and well-being activities to a community with marked health inequalities. health inequalities.
Since the start of WellFair in October 2014, over 400 people have registered and take part in the services we run. This included well over 50 people who have had health MOT’s which have already had an impact on people’s lives. For example one man reported losing 3 stone following his MOT and now exercises 3+ times weekly. Seeing the results spurred him on; one woman was on cholesterol lowering medication and blood pressure tablets when she had her MOT. Because of her lifestyle changes since then, she no longer needs either medication.
Health ‘MOTs’, health talks and health walks are run by Green Light Pharmacy at 62-64 Hampstead Road NW1. The talks and walks are gender specific and there are also talks on health issues of particular interest to the Bengali community. A retired Bengali speaking GP also provides health information on a weekly basis from the Bengali Workers’ Association (BWA) on Robert Street NW1. Chair-based exercise classes are run at the BWA and at the HPod, next to Regents Park Surgery, at Cumberland Market NW1. Users of the service can also partake in healthy cooking sessions at the BWA, stretch out and relax both body and mind with yoga sessions at HPod and finish with some vocal exercise as part of the Regent’s Park Singers also at HPod.
Younger people can join Cumberland Youth Club run by Fitzrovia Youth in Action where there are a range of activities including table tennis, cooking and football training sessions at the Cumberland Pitch.
The Third Age Project run a 60+ Health Club at the Samuel Lithgow Centre with gym, aerobics, stretching/toning, relaxation and health talks. Sessions are led by trained instructors in a newly refurbished gym and are gender specific. The Third Age Project also aim to keep older people mobile with a weekly session of gentle Country Dancing.”
If you wish to refer a client to this service please contact Diana Young on 020 7388 7932 or email Diana@westeuston.org. Website www.westeustonpartnership.co.uk or you can access it directly via the organisation running the session you are interested in.