Appreciative Enquiry Workshop (AEW) & Café Notes
Well London Lead Partner for Tower Hamlets: CYMCA
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 12
Community Café Notes 17
Services and Amenities Mapping 24
Pen Profile 33
Well London Projects Overview 39
AEW write up – Islington
1. Narrative and a short list of general principles to guide the delivery of any projects.
(The bulk of this will come from the discover exercise)
The most important general principle that came out of the AEW was the necessity to fully
utilise local knowledge, local groups and organisations. This point was expressed by many at
the AEW and this point came up again and again. Initially there was some initial hostility
toward the Well London project by some of the organisations represented. They felt that there
was a significant threat that the Well London project would come into “their patch,” without the
local knowledge they possess and duplicate projects and programmes. As the rationale of the
Well London project was explained over the AEW this hostility lessened. However, the point
needs to be reinforced – in Islington in particular there are vast arrays of local organisations
who work very well, and who work well together. These need to be seen as an asset and
need to be heavily involved in the delivery of the Well London projects.
Secondly, the theme of community building and inter work came up a number of times. This
includes ideas around inter-generational projects that encourage young people to engage
with elders so that both groups can share experiences and learn form each other, and inter-
cultural projects that encourage sharing of cultural knowledge and mixing between ethnic
Thirdly, the quality of interventions was raised as a principle. There is a need here for quality
intervention – not quantity. This was echoed by a number of participants on the day and links
with the first principle, that is there are a lot of organisations that are doing very valuable work
– so that the projects that Well London deliver in this area need to be few and fit in with
existing provision. The idea that Well London can act as an umbrella that ties much of this
provision together was also a recurrent theme.
Fourthly, sustainability and legacy were raised as key principles as concern was raised that if
projects were established and run for the three year duration of the Well London project, then
the funding ends, what would happen to the delivery of these initiatives. A strong exit strategy
that takes these concerns into consideration should be established as part of the programme
The final principle centred on fun and creativity. The programmes that are to be delivered
need to be fun, both for the participants and those involved in the delivery. They also must
recognise the value of the people they engage. It was felt that health messages are too often
punitive, and must be encouraging and fun.
2. Are there any particular demographic target groups identified to whom the individual
projects should be targeted? E.g. youth, elders etc
The main concerns regarding delivery of specific projects to particular demographic groups
was that there should be a high level of INTER working – both inter-cultural and inter-
generational. Alongside this the issue of a more holistic approach that was inclusive of all
groups was highlighted. This was around the specific example of families. One participant had
noticed that there was a lot of data from the community café around young people, and the
need for provision for youth. However they pointed out that a more holistic approach may be
appropriate and not to consider youth in isolation, but as part of extended family (or peer)
networks, and to look at programmes that support the whole family at the same time.
In conjunction with this elders were identified as being particularly isolated, and there were
concerns from a high number of attendees that mental health was of a concern – so projects
aimed at those with existing mental health issues were suggested, as well as projects that
could prevent mental health problems were preferred.
3. What leverage activities were identified as needed? E.g. improved public transport, get
access to community centre, ensure appropriate advertising in community languages
etc (This will be a very diverse list – these will be things outside the direct scope of well
London and outside the financial resources of well London – but will be cross cutting
nonetheless… Also may be where existing provision exists and needs incorporating,
tweaking or bolstering)
One thing that came up a number of times over the morning‟s activities was the need for a
physical presence that works well for all the community in the form of a Community Centre.
There is a community centre (Walter Sickert) that serves the SOA but there have been
management issues, and many people do not fully use this resource.
Alongside this there was a gap that was recognised between the level of provision (which is
quite high) and the level of uptake and community knowledge about these initiatives. There
were a number of suggestions to address this (such as a viable and well used community
centre, community notice boards etc) however a coherent programme to solve this problem
was not offered.
4. What are the overall priorities identified from the AEW (This will be a list – taken from
the visual mapping, with reinforcement from the other exercises.)
Training qualifications and skills – pre formal qualifications and training for specific
communities, linking schools and higher education institutions. This would include
developing classes with provision in community languages – cooking lessons and
dance classes for example – that could teach English via cooking and other projects.
Expand existing projects that are successful – and use WL leverage to help existing
provision, rather that start a number of new initiatives that duplicates what is going on
Many of the organisations here are under staffed, additional staff could achieve more.
One suggestion was to train the local community and activate community champions
and mobilise local volunteers. Many community members are saying they want to
create clubs etc – so we should marry this desire to help by the community and
connect them with the organisations and programmes.
The final priority expressed goes back to the point of advertising the existing (and
future) projects. The communications need to be clear and in community languages.
There was the idea presented to test the way that people are receiving messages.
Again there was the idea to engage local people with this task – to create local
ambassadors that would act as “human newsletters” as well as community notice
boards that were regularly updated.
5. Projects – from the CC notes (this list will be compiled by the Café team)….include any
priorities that have been identified – this will be a list…
A number of specific projects emerged:
- Community credit union
- Time bank
- Community kitchen
- Community feast – food brings people together
- Programme of recycling information for elders based on the old make do and mend
NB if possible link groups identified in no. 2 to projects in no. 5 (e.g. need more sports
facilities for women – see point x in no.5)
NB some projects will have emerged form the AEWs – these should be listed under no. 5.
See Themed Summaries on Pages 12
AEW raw data
Postcard data – issues raised
Alienation – how to overcome alienation and isolation of individuals in the community,
especially via raising aspirations, friendships, and contribute to integration.
Something beautiful growing out of something dead – the idea that Well London needs to
target areas of real need (that are symbolically dead) and make them come to life – areas
identified are mental health, depression. Alongside this the idea was expressed that the
interventions must be energizing – to bring these areas back to life.
Health is a key concern in this area – both mental health and physical health – can‟t separate
the two and we must look ahead to prevent problems – not just cure after, but intervene early
to avoid problems.
Must work with local residents and organizations – and work bottom up, not top down.
There is a limit to what can be done well – the idea that we should intervene only where
needed and only where we have expertise that is not already here, this is the idea of quality
interventions, not quantity or doing things for the sake of it.
There are issues with very basic needs not being met by some segments of the community.
Green and open spaces are very important.
When considering mental health – must look at lifelong mental health.
Whatever projects we do must be fun, enjoyable and use humor.
Families are important – it was noticed that we talk a lot about mothers, and young people,
but not the family unit (whatever shape that takes) so we need to approach families and
provision for young people in a more holistic way.
Need for an inter-generational approach.
Also need to consider the high churn and transient populations in the area.
Safer neighbourhood environment agenda highlighted.
Problems with isolation – need to reconnect individuals back into the community
Need a creative approach to work with these communities here.
Real concern that WL will just come in and ignore the local organisations that operate in the
area. The postcard chosen to represent this idea was a group of people with guns focusing on
one individual. This was expressed as that they (local organizations) feel like we they are in
the sights of the Well London “big guns” and are very nervous.
The idea that well London will ride ram-shod over local organisations a real concern also.
Need to involve all the community – the idea of INTER working.
Health a real issue as here there are some of London‟s lowest life expectancy.
Healthy eating important.
Must involve young people
Must consider the wealth and poverty in the area – wealthy people live right against poor
people. Need to spread provision.
UPDATES (that came up during the CC feedback)
“Staying Alive” project – funding ran out – no longer operates.
Time limited project for 10 weeks (need to get name from KEV)
Plus bus has been continued – also known as yellow bus.
Swimming pool “Britannia” has been shut down.
Discover exercise – general guiding principles
Being proactive and getting things done – don‟t moan – get subgroups and groups working
together more smartly and achieve things… people can work together here with out baggage.
Make sure we work with local groups. These groups are proactive and positive. Be
constructive, don‟t moan. Many small sub groups working with targeted demographic groups
– can provide targeted interventions.
Thorough organisation and preparation beforehand. Take time to prepare and attend to detail.
Make sure things are fun – e.g. fun day run – taster day, hairdressers, tai chi, manicures,
hand massages, free food etc. Everyone mucked in together. Every three quarters of an hour
things changed and kept everyone stimulated. Used as a catalyst to get people in –
introduced people to things they may not know about, used to inform, also created positive
culture so people worked together. Local residents involved in all stages. Also feedback on
these things for the organizations involved. People clear about what was going on. Clear
information about what was going to happen.
Response to above: element of touch and wondered how much this helped to break down
barriers on the day.
Most messaging about health is punitive – need to address this – make things fun and do-
able, encourage people, caring approach.
Create places of intimacy within the bigger system.
Sometimes just need to get on with it – drop in group in school – just decided to do it –
sometimes forget about planning discussions and endless meetings – just do it.
Things don‟t have to be perfect – can make do – but just do things – take risks. Follow
Action over words.
Fundraising – fun day handed over to parents to organise – over 200 people – reason it
worked org was able to let go of it and parents stepped up. They used posters – word of
mouth, some stunts, they knew what to do and got on with it. Support role played, gave
information – supported them but let them do it. Gave away the power and responsibility to
the parents who knew what to do. Leadership example – give away the power in order to
make this work better – didn‟t step away – kept a role as expert support and signposted other
resources. Parents wanted to do it – need the buy in first. It was relevant to the parents which
is why there was such a thorough buy-in.
Befriending project – when introduce volunteer to client – one on one relationship over years.
This very valuable for both parties. i.e. brokerage role – connecting people. Making these
matches key – think carefully about the combinations for what we put to together. Long term-
ness of this.
Lunch club – taster events wed – cinema club – community centre transformed into cinema
35 people – 11 from sheltered housing. Appreciated that the organizers made it fun (and just
like a cinema – with popcorn “the popcorn factor”) for the participants. This makes participants
feel valued – need to consider this – people we are intervening with are valuable.
Inter-generational work – e.g. of volunteer that comes from out of London – didn‟t have
interactions with elders – but does now and through voluntary work feels part of something.
Discussion on the value of volunteering for the volunteers. Mutual benefit for both parties.
How to get the subtle relationships right.
Domestic violence group – work with partnership.
“Bonkers factor” – trust instinct and do it
The example was postcard art project – inter working strong with refugees and asylum
seekers, young parents, elders. Use creativity to bring people together.
Youth project – young Somalis using drugs and unemployed etc – creating problems – people
didn‟t know where to start to tackle the issue. Contacted parents and held a consultation – the
role of the org was as broker. Preventative role. Acted as an umbrella to bring together wide
range of stakeholders. Identified the hot issue – and brought people together (including the
young people themselves) and resolved problem
Improve capacity of existing organisations.
Community space it the area – trouble – major works and community centre under different
hands. Broke log jam a couple of months ago – retaking community centre back – and some
more community spaces. Atmosphere better now. Controlled aggression to get things to
happen – leadership role in this way.
Partnership and seeing an overview – consultations on what gaps were in terms of health –
event – PCT etc etc to bring health info in community languages – future needs consultation.
Having an overview and using this in to provide targeted services.
Dream exercise data – wish-list
Describe your vision for how WL could support well being in your community?
More connections and integration with inter-cultural working
Elders and vulnerable
Caring and Sharing
Connections – on project base
Mental wellbeing improved
Keeping specialism of specialist services, but also informing general services
Tackling these issues together
Mental wellbeing a priority
Build on existing strengths in community
Having a community centre – physical presence
Capacity to engage groups that aren‟t being engaged with and building this
Build confidence and trust. bringing disparate groups together under a more
Isolation especially elders and reengage them with community
Need community centre that engages all
Wealth distribution integrating better off and accessing their skills – building
community with sense of fairness.
Developing a credit union
Time bank – so services are bartered
Capacity building for families
Intergenerational projects – elders look after kids
Need to engage youth – youth centres not picking up youth
Long term sustainable legacy
Need to see difference made
Relevant to peoples lives and are effective and fit in with existing lifestyles.
Infrastructure that is long standing
Use existing local organizations
Sustainable and legacy
Mapping exercise – priorities form the visual map
Training qualifications and skills – pre formal qualifications and training for specific
communities – 2012 as leverage, linking school using experience and good practice in school
– links into higher education
Clarity community and publicity
Developing classes – provision in community languages – cooking lessons and dance
classes – cross cutting learning English via cooking and food projects
Expand existing projects – and use WL leverage to help existing provision
One connection point increasing capacity and having overall a one stop shop idea where
people can be forwarded to existing services – access issues especially with languages)
Under staffed, additional staff needed could achieve so much more – again goes back to
supporting existing organizations.
People saying they want to create clubs etc – marry this desire to help by the community and
connect with above – use community.
Organisations working together in partnerships – shared space and projects that use this
shared space – common projects but use different organizations to work with their specialist
target groups. Support the capacity of orgs to work differently together.
Strike balance of information – community café and orgs here –
Work creatively with vegetables
Community feast – food brings people together
Elders – make do and mend – recycling not new
Not tying anything down, flexibility – need to change and adapt.
Promoting existing projects – sharing WL expertise
Training required – community training
Community centre as hub of community
Newsletter – communication strong theme – how to advertise provision
People not knowing about things – testing the way that people receive messages –
communication and engaging – ambassadors – “human newsletters” community notice
boards that were regularly updates.
Participation – lots on but poorly attended – FUN to motivate participation.
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.
1. Healthy Eating
Healthy eating was a particular priority for many of the individuals and groups represented at the
Islington café. Many elders were concerned about the closure of dining facilities, and lunch clubs (e.g.
at Claremont House), -and they said that in terms of provision for elders that “food is more important
than activities” (1.1.1). The existing provision in the area, the luncheon club offers a range of
integrated benefits to elders including social contact, healthy affordable food, excursions and other
activities. However, there is a risk of closure here (1.1.3).
Healthy eating for younger people is also a concern in the area. Whilst access to healthy food is
and issue, alongside this the awareness of healthy eating is particularly problematic amongst young
people (1.1.4). There is a significant problem with teens eating take away and junk food, and skipping
the healthier style meals they get at school (1.1.5). It has been noted that young people leave school
and go to burger shops and then eat again with family (1.1.7).
Some ethnic groups are also concerned with healthy eating amongst their communities. In particular
Somali women were concerned that there are many Somali women that are overweight, and have a
vitamin D deficiency (1.2.1, 1.2.2). This was explained by the Somali women present due to the
traditional Somali diet that is still being eaten but does not translate into healthy eating in the UK
environment (1.3.1). To counter this, healthy cooking demonstrations were requested (1.3.2).
In general, throughout all the population, there is the recurring perception that healthy meals are
more expensive (1.4.1, 1.4.6). Alongside this is the perception that greengrocers and small shops
charge more than supermarkets and in the area there are many small shops, but few supermarkets
(1.4.2). There is some use of local markets such as Chapel Market, Ridley Road and Nags Head
Market. These are quite accessible and served by frequent bus services (1.4.3). It was also noted that
while some elements of eating healthily were common sense, there was also a lot of conflicting
information, and people were becoming confused (1.4.5).
There is a luncheon club for older people. Staying Alive is a healthy eating and physical activity project
working in deprived communities; and „Coming home staying home service user empowerment
training‟ by Islington Mind provides support and information surrounding medication, healthy eating
and self advocacy to prevent readmissions to hospital.
2. Physical Activity
There were two major concerns regarding access to physical activity in the area – concerns over
safety in public places, and concerns over the expense of activities (2.5.1, 2.5.3, 2.5.5, 2.5.9). With
regards to safety issues - many elders said that they didn‟t walk around too much. They mentioned
that there were lots of parks/green spaces etc. but were wary of using them, as they did not feel
confident about security (2.1.2). Elders were also wary about using normal buses as the buses were
always in a rush and the elders did not feel strong enough or confident to ride in them (2.1.3).
Compounding this issue, the Plus Bus - a local service for the elderly will be stopped in March if they
do not find sponsorship (2.1.4). (Still continuing)
Overall there was felt to be a lack of affordable provision in the area, in particular for young
people aged 8 – 12 as obesity is affecting this age group (2.1.6). There was the need expressed for
skateboarding, slides, or similar for teenagers. This would help keep them occupied and relieve
boredom (2.1.8). In terms of affordability there is an issue with children wanting classes like ballet,
karate, but parents have to pay in advance and they have concerns that the young people may like it
so will be money wasted (2.1.13). Alongside this safety is also a concern for the young. Many people
spoke of the need for a safe environment for children to play. Safety was a recurring theme through
the café (2.1.12, 2.1.14).
Overall it was felt that people are not using the existing provision of gyms etc because of cost,
accessibility and fear of getting there (2.5.1). The upfront payments for the gym are problematic for
many (2.5.5). One solution to this would be the introduction of an “Oyster card” based system for
gyms that could allow for entrance to the gyms with unnoticed subsidies for activity. This would allow
for different rates for different people, based on their ability to pay, without any social stigma arising.
Preferably this could be free for people on income support or other benefits. Apparently this has been
tried in Denmark (2.5.6).
The Rose Bowl is expecting regeneration including an outdoor sports area with a couple of pitches
and changing facilities, and a programme has been developed in Rosemary Gardens with Arsenal FC.
Britannia Leisure Centre offers a squash and badminton courts and a gym, and several swimming
pools are located around the area.
3. Mental Wellbeing
Many elders in the community expressed concern over mental illness caused by isolation (3.1.1). The
elders expressed concerns about the closure of the “Yellow Bus” which helped them access facilities,
as well as the lack of sheltered housing (3.1.2). For the youth, there is high peer pressure in the area
for young people, which leads to gang membership and anti-social behaviours, and drug use (3.1.3).
Mental Health, depression and self harm are problems in the area. Need to break family mental health
cycles – children growing up in families where mental health is an issue – they also become mentally
unwell (3.1.5). There is also an issue with drug use – not only with young people, but in particular the
Somali women highlighted the use of Khat in their community. They were very concerned over this as
the use has shifted from adult men using to young people and women using the drug (3.3.2).
In terms of prevention and access to mental health services, there was a lot of concern around the
ease of access to these services. It was felt that there was a Lack of trust in the area – local agencies
working as middle men (3.5.8). It was highlighted that what was needed was quality provision rather
than quantity (3.5.9), and that there was the need for one on one counselling sessions – not only
group sessions (3.5.10). In conjunction with this – waiting times for mental health service provision
were very long, in some instances years.
There are a range of services provided by Islington/NHS services and the voluntary sector specifically
targeting target CYP, BME groups, women, people on low incomes, older people, asylum seekers and
refugees. They mostly provide counselling, advice and related support, and several have interpreters
and crèche facilities.
4. Open Spaces
There are some well used open spaces in the area, but these are quite small. Many people walk along
the river (4.5.1, 4.5.3). however even here, like other open spaces in the area there are problems with
dog fouling (4.5.6). In general however, there is a lack of green space here (4.5.8, 4.5.10). Existing
provision includes: the Culpepper community gardens, spaces in front of flats e.g. Ashby Court and
Eric Fletcher Court, space around Steiner School in Annette Crescent - although some of the elders
present believe that bodies are buried there (4.5.2, 4.5.9). There is also some potential green space at
Nightingale Park (4.5.11), and tennis courts at Highbury fields but no-one was sure of the cost of these
There are several open spaces available which serve as football pitches. They are mostly covered in
tarmac. Rosemary Gardens offers a full sized pitch.
5. Arts and Culture
There was little discussion about the existing facilities for arts and crafts activities. There was the need
expressed for more of these style activities, particularly after school for young people (5.1.1).
There was also an idea expressed for a very local community newspaper that could be picked up at
schools and other local facilities with all the activities listed in the area (5.5.1).
Mildmay and South Libraries are nearby. ACE London‟s database lists 347 arts organisations in both
Canonbury (intervention site, N1) and Finsbury Park (comparison); 81 of these fall within the N1
postcode and cover a variety of art forms including music, theatre, dance, visual arts and literature.
6. Cross Cutting Issues
There were a number of cross cutting issues discussed at the café in Islington. For elders, these were
a general lack of activities, and specific activities that were requested included bingo, and trips to
the coast (6.1.1, 6.1.3). This lack of activities was compounded by lack of transport provision – many
centres that provide activities were two bus journeys away (6.1.3).
However, the main concern for many was the levels of anti-social behaviour by young people – on
the streets and on estates. The situation has significantly improved since 2005, but still a concern
(6.1.4, 6.1.7, 6.1.10). This situation is compounded by the youth gang system in the area, and the high
level of drug taking and drinking by these groups (6.1.12, 6.1.13). Crime and fear of crime is a major
issue. This has an impact on mental health and exercise as people afraid to come out and exercise
publicly or even just walk around the estates (6.1.8). To remedy this situation, more activities that
engage young people are needed as it is felt that young people have no voice in the area (6.1.11,
6.1.14). Many were concerned about younger children growing up with these gang structures, and an
emphasis was put on activities for younger children that would engage them safely, such as youth
clubs that cater for 3-9 year olds (6.1.26). There was much discussion about the need for
supervised sessions – where parents could feel that their children were safe. Stronger parent-school
ties were highlighted as a possible solution to these problems – school activities that parents could
be involved in and volunteer for (6.1.20, 6.1.18). There is one homework club that costs 50p a
session – many would like more of these kinds of activities (6.1.19). One of the main reasons that
these school based activities were so important to the community in Islington has to do with the
financial divide found in the area with many wealthy people living alongside people with much less
money. This in turn has resulted in a situation where not all schools offer the same level of activities.
The financial divide of schools contributes to uneven provision of activities (6.1.25).
Other cross cutting issues revolved around access to services. However the issue was felt to be not a
lack of services – but advertisement of those existing services (6.5.1, 6.5.7, 6.5.8). There were a
number of solutions discussed, including literature in community languages and a local newspaper
to advertise what was in the area (6.5.8).
Other cross cutting issues include: a high level of fuel poverty in the area, which affects elders in
particular (6.5.9) and a lack of employment prospects in the vicinity (6.5.13). However many present
felt that they would like to help and contribute more by volunteering, and becoming community
champions, so there is scope here for a high level of community action. This included the desire to
start programmes and clubs, but many were unsure how to go about this (6.5.20).
7. Children and Young People
In relation to residents‟ physical and mental well-being, a key and powerful message was given that
fear of crime and anti-social behaviour from groups of young people affected both their desire to leave
home and access facilities, and their sense of emotional stability. Therefore, interventions with young
people need to be seen as a dual task – as a form of social and personal development for young
people themselves, and as a primary driver in developing and sustaining wider healthy communities.
Groups of young people hanging around the estates, perceived to be under the influence of alcohol
and drugs, was felt to be creating a gang culture in the area. Peer pressure also meant that many
young people either had to join the gangs, or they would end up as victims of gang violence. Self-
protection often meant that young people would join gangs. Access to meaningful activities for young
people – e.g. Skateboard park, sports activities, a safe place for them to go of an evening – was felt to
be a way of alleviating teenage boredom and therefore a solution to crime and anti-social behaviour.
There was a general feeling that there wasn‟t enough activity for both children and young people in the
Compounding the anxiety of residents was the fact that younger children, as they were growing up,
would naturally fall into the growing culture of gang activity. Therefore fear for the future of younger
children added to already prevalent stresses.
At this juncture it should be noted that all statistics indicate that it is only a very small percentage of
young people who become involved in „criminal gang activity‟ as defined by the police. However, it is
generally recognised that this small percentage creates fear and havoc within communities.
Additionally, while many of the „gangs‟ will be groups of young people who will not be defined by the
police as a „criminal activity gang‟, the fear and lack of safety that they create is felt by residents in
very real way, and therefore it is vital that interventions are undertaken with these young people.
It was felt that that there was not enough engagement with schools in the area. The emerging
government „Extended Services Initiative‟, which will look to create schools as Hubs of the community
– providing after-school activity and support to parents – provides an ideal forum for greater parental
engagement with schools. Further exploration of school involvement has the potential to add value to
the Well London programmes as it develops over time.
Community Café Notes
1. Healthy Eating
1.1 Healthy Eating and the life cycle - elders
1.1.1 Many elders were concerned about the closure of dining facilities (e.g. at
Claremont House), - “food is more important than activities”. (FEB)
1.1.2 Opportunity to link meeting care needs of disabled and also frail elders into the
Wellbeing programme via activities which focus on diet and food e.g. lunch
clubs, exercise, neighbours befriending schemes. (FEB)
1.1.3 Existing provision - The luncheon club offers a range of integrated benefits to
elders including social contact, healthy affordable food, excursive and other
activities. There is a risk of closure here! (FEB)
Healthy Eating and the life cycle - youth
1.1.4 Access to affordable healthy food an issue, but awareness of healthy eating
particularly problematic amongst young people. (FEB)
1.1.5 Issues with getting teens to eat healthy food – exist on a diet of take-away.
Alongside this there is an issue of healthier meals at schools and teens skipping
these meals. (FEB)
1.1.6 Don‟t necessarily enjoy cooking but do so for children. (2.3)
1.1.7 Kids leave school and go to burger shops and then eat again with family. (2.7)
1.2 Healthy Eating and Gender
1.2.1 Many Somali women are overweight. (LN.1)
1.2.2 Somali women – many have a vitamin D deficiency. (LN.b)
1.3 Healthy Eating and Ethnicity
1.3.1 Need for education on healthy eating for the Somali community. The traditional
Somali diet is still being eaten but does not translate into health in the UK
1.3.2 Need for healthy cooking demonstrations particularly for Somali community.
1.4 Healthy Eating – Cross cutting issues
1.4.1 Perception that healthy meals are expensive (FEB)
1.4.2 Perception that greengrocers and small shops charge more than supermarkets -
many small shops, few supermarkets in the area. (FEB).
1.4.3 Some use of local markets such as Chapel Market, Ridley Road and Nags
Head Market. These are quite accessible and served by frequent bus services.
(FEB – CANON)
1.4.4 Farmers market near town hall – but feeling is its expensive (some
disagreement here). (CBB)
1.4.5 “Healthy eating is common sense” – but there is too much conflicting
1.4.6 Organic produce too expensive. (2.3)
2 Physical Activity
2.1 Physical activity and the life cycle
2.1.1 Transport issues with elders to access facilities – suggestion of befriending walk
schemes to access facilities and improve physical activity. (FEB)
2.1.2 Many elders said that they didn‟t walk around too much. They mentioned that
there were lots of parks/green spaces etc. but were wary of using them, as they
did not feel confident about security. (FEB)
2.1.3 Elders were also wary about using normal buses as the buses were always in a
rush and the elders did not feel strong/confident to ride in them. (FEB)
2.1.4 The Plus Bus a local service for the elderly will be stopped in March if they do
not find sponsorship. (FEB)
2.1.5 Many elders said they love to dance but felt they were no longer fit enough.
Physical activity and youth
2.1.6 Lack of provision for 8 – 12 year olds as obesity is affecting this age group but
there doesn't seem to be as much available for them. (FEB)
2.1.7 Son did PE at school but no other sports. (FEB)
2.1.8 Need skateboarding, slides, or similar for teenagers. Would help keep them
occupied and relieve boredom. (FEB)
2.1.9 Mayville Community Centre (Woodville Road, Mildmay – this is to the East of
the SOA) offers activities like judo for kids. It‟s managed by the council but
leased to the Mildmay Community Partnership. (FEB)
2.1.10 Need for physical activities in safe environments away from gangs for young
2.1.11 Marquis estate - need for youth centre/community centre that would encourage
and organise sports for children and young people. (1.2)
2.1.12 Need safe environment for children to play. Safety was a recurring theme
through the café. (1.4)
2.1.13 Issue with children wanting classes like ballet, karate, but have to pay up front
(in advance?) and parents have concerns they wont like it so will be money
2.1.14 Priority: Affordable and SAFE activities for young people needed. (FBB)
2.2 Physical Activity and Gender
2.2.1 Need for women‟s only fitness sessions – particularly for the Somali community.
2.2.2 There are some women‟s only sessions but people are not aware of them (1.5)
2.3 Physical Activity and Ethnicity
2.3.1 Somali community belief that physical activity costs money. (5.5)
2.4 Physical Activity and disability
2.4.1 No mention of this topic
2.5 Physical Activity – Cross cutting issues
2.5.1 People didn‟t use gyms because of cost, accessibility and fear of getting there.
2.5.2 Nearest Swimming pool in Highbury Fields/Britannia. (FEB – CANON)
2.5.3 Interest in Martial Arts but classes considered too expensive. (FEB)
2.5.4 There is a boating club on the canal, 1 bus ride away, found out about it through
2.5.5 Upfront payments for the gym are not appealing as expensive and may not
continue going. (FEB)
2.5.6 Need for Oyster card based system for gyms that could allow for unnoticed
subsidies for activity. This would allow for different rates for different people,
based on their ability to pay, without any social stigma arising. Could be free for
people on income support or other benefits. Apparently this has been tried in
Denmark. (FEB – CANON)
2.5.7 Problem with youth hanging around makes people feel unsafe outdoors and
unable to do physical activity. (1.3)
2.5.8 Would be good to have kickboxing classes (1.4)
2.5.9 Activities too expensive need for free or subsidised activities. (1.4)
2.5.10 Need for affordable and taster activities. (2.1)
2.5.11 Lack of athletics in the area. (2.4)
2.5.12 Even though there is a park – need for structured sporting activities for children.
2.5.13 Highbury park could have tracks put in. (2.4)
2.5.14 Sometimes emphasis of physical activity is for weight loss, not for health
2.5.15 Exercise used to be ingrained in day to day activity. (2.7)
2.5.16 New river walk a nice walk – but issues with big dogs – can intimidate. (CBB)
2.5.17 Need for a boxing club. (CBB)
3 Mental Health
3.1 Mental Health and the life cycle – elders
3.1.1 Many elders in the community expressed concern over mental illness and
3.1.2 The elders expressed concerns about the closure of the “Yellow Bus” which
helped them access facilities, as well as the lack of sheltered housing. (FEB)
Mental Health and youth
3.1.3 High peer pressure in the area for young people. (5.3)
3.1.4 Need for positive parenting classes. (5.6)
3.1.5 Priority: Mental Health – depression and self harm a problem. Need to break
family mental health cycles – children growing up in families where mental
health is an issue – they become mentally unwell. (FBB)
3.2 Mental Health and Gender
3.3 Mental Health and Ethnicity
3.3.1 Mental health concerns for minority groups – Cypriot, Somali (5.1)
3.3.2 Priority: Drug abuse and misuse. Youth problems and also Somali community
– Khat use – spread from men using to women and young people also. (FBB)
3.4 Mental Health and disability
3.5 Mental Health – Cross cutting issues
3.5.1 Mental Health concerns for sufferers of domestic violence (5.1)
3.5.2 Mental health need for crisis intervention and emotional support. (5.2)
3.5.3 Mental health – need for short focussed intervention. (5.2)
3.5.4 Lack of opportunity in the area need confidence building. (5.2)
3.5.5 Drugs and alcohol problems in the area. (5.3)
3.5.6 Drug and alcohol problem with adults. (5.3)
3.5.7 The Manor at St Stephens runs drug and alcohol programmes but they need
advocacy and support. (5.3)
3.5.8 Lack of trust in the area – local agencies working as middle men. (5.3)
3.5.9 Need for quality provision rather than quantity. (5.3)
3.5.10 Need for one on one counselling sessions – not only group sessions. (5.6)
3.5.11 Job centres can be a blow to confidence and can label you. (1.3)
3.5.12 Drug and alcohol problems linked to unemployment and homelessness (1.3)
3.5.13 People with mental health issues can get lost in the system. (1.4)
3.5.14 Health agencies act as middlemen between the system and individuals because
they don‟t understand each other. (1.4)
3.5.15 Single parent families struggle (1.5)
3.5.16 Idea to provide specific projects to help mental health – something to provide
access and information points. (2.5)
4 Open Spaces
4.1 Open spaces and the life cycle - elders
4.1.1 Open spaces in the area are free to use but not safe – elders do not use as they
feel at risk. (2.7)
Open Spaces and youth
4.1.2 Local facilities and outdoor spaces ruined with drug paraphernalia, wont let kids
out and play as feeing is unsafe. (5.3)
4.1.3 Risks on the streets – gun and knife crime. (1.4)
4.1.4 Lack of safe play areas for children. (FBB)
4.1.5 Priority: Structured and SAFE play spaces for children. (FBB)
4.1.6 Issue with busy road – Canonbury Ave to Marquee Rd North – dangerous, cars
go too fast and no signs for children crossing etc. (CBB)
4.2 Open Spaces and gender
4.3 Open Spaces and ethnicity
4.4 Open Spaces and disability
4.5 Open Spaces – Cross cutting issues
4.5.1 In terms of getting some exercise, a lot of people walk along the river. (FEB –
4.5.2 Other small green spaces include: Spaces in front of flats eg Ashbee Court and
Eric Fletcher Court Space around Styner School Annette Crescent (although old
people think bodies are buried there)
4.5.3 New River Walk – quite historical, pleasant walking along the river. (FEB –
4.5.4 Lack of allotments. (FEB – CANON)
4.5.5 Many of the estates have balconies but few are used for growing anything – just
used to store possessions. (FEB)
4.5.6 Problem with dog fouling. (2.3)
4.5.7 Problems with building works. (2.3)
4.5.8 Not enough parks in the area. (LN.b)
4.5.9 Culpepper community gardens. (CBB)
4.5.10 Some green space, but very little. (CBB)
4.5.11 Potential green space at Nightingale park. (CBB)
4.5.12 Tennis courts at Highbury fields (not sure if free or cost) (CBB)
5 Art and Culture
5.1 Art and Culture across the life cycle
5.1.1 Need art classes for kids (2.4)
5.2 Art and Culture and gender
5.3 Art and Culture and ethnicity
5.4 Art and Culture and disability
5.5 Art and Culture – cross cutting issues
5.5.1 Idea for community newspaper could pick up at school with all activities etc in it.
5.5.2 No local fireworks display. (2.2)
6 Cross cutting issues
6.1 Cross cutting issues and the life cycle – elders
6.1.1 The elder community requested specific activities – Bingo and outings to the
coast. (FEB - CANON)
6.1.2 Access is a public transport issue for some residents e.g. the elderly or those
who are reliant on buses e.g. large food outlets and parks/gyms/swimming
pools two bus rides away. (FEB – CANON)
6.1.3 Bingo was taken away now there is nowhere for the elders to go. (2.4)
Cross cutting issues and youth
6.1.4 Anti-social behaviour by young people is the key and recurrent concern for
people on the estate. The situation has significantly improved since 2005, but
still a concern. (FEB – CANON)
6.1.5 Issue with teens smoking and drinking – on estates and in the parks. (FEB –
6.1.6 Literacy and numeracy highlighted as skills gaps among young, however IT
skills cited as good. (FEB - CANON)
6.1.7 Anti-social behaviour by youth is a key-recurrent concern. (FEB)
6.1.8 Crime and fear of crime a major issue. Anti social behaviour especially amongst
young people an issue. This has an impact on mental health and exercise as
people afraid to come out and exercise publicly or even just walk around the
estate. (FEB – CANON)
6.1.9 Need for health promotions in schools. (5.1)
6.1.10 Marquis estate – community buildings not utilised, youth crime a concern. (5.1)
6.1.11 Marquis estate lack of provision for young people. (5.1)
6.1.12 Drugs and alcohol problems in the area for youth. (5.3)
6.1.13 Problems with youth gangs in the area. (5.3)
6.1.14 Young people have nothing to do and no voice in the area. (5.3)
6.1.15 Need for more affordable after school activities. (1.1)
6.1.16 Not enough provision for children outside of school. (1.1)
6.1.17 Need for a place where parents can get together and talk about issues. (1.1)
6.1.18 Maybe have parents involved in schools and volunteer. (1.1)
6.1.19 Homework club good and only 50p – would like more of these activities. (1.1)
6.1.20 Want parents involved more in school activities. (1.1)
6.1.21 Need for things like mechanics course – useful skills. (5.4)
6.1.22 Need for boys focussed activity. (5.5)
6.1.23 Need supervised sessions for children – mother support and crèche facilities.
6.1.24 Not all schools offer the same activities for children. (1.2)
6.1.25 Financial divide of schools contribute to uneven provision of activities. (1.2)
6.1.26 Need for more youth clubs that cater for 3-9 year olds. (2.1)
6.1.27 Idea for single parents club – excursions, days out places where could take
children and for those with special needs also. (2.2)
6.1.28 Parking and speeding cars – issue in the area no signs for children playing.
6.2 Cross cutting issues and gender
6.2.1 Good existing ladies network – go out together. (2.2)
6.2.2 Would like information on how to start up a mother‟s group. (2.2)
6.3 Cross cutting issues and ethnicity
6.3.1 Somali community lack of awareness of community programmes. (5.5)
6.3.2 Somali community financial concerns. (5.5)
6.3.3 Khat a problem among Somali community – indication use has moved from
male Somali to women and children in the community. (1.6)
6.4 Cross cutting issues and disability
6.4.1 There are a large number of disabled people in the area and although there are
borough wide services, these are generally for people with acute care needs.
(FEB - CANON)
6.5 Cross cutting issues – access to services
6.5.1 Issue felt to be not lack of services, but capacity to fully access services. (FEB –
6.5.2 There is an opportunity to establish well-being “community champions” role
through the bid e.g. developing a Canonbury residents‟ social enterprise which
can be contracted to deliver a range of services. E.g. befriending services,
health training, advocacy and advice. (FEB – CANON)
6.5.3 Oyster type card which is subsidised for Canonbury residents to encourage
access to nearby leisure and other services, including cheaper food and
swimming, possibly across borough into Hackney. (FEB – CANON)
6.5.4 Job centre not always helpful – don‟t build confidence. (5.2)
6.5.5 Courses and community projects need to be more embedded into the
6.5.6 Job centres can be a blow to confidence and can label you. (1.3)
6.5.7 Many are not aware of existing provision – needs more promotion. (1.4)
6.5.8 Need for more literature on existing provision. (2.1)
Cross cutting issues - misc
6.5.9 Fuel poverty is high in the Borough, due to poor housing stock causes health
problems. (FEB – CANON)
6.5.10 Rosebowl and Canonbury project on Marquis estate existing provision. (5.1)
6.5.11 St Stephens Church run community projects. (5.1)
6.5.12 Issue with poor and rich living side by side – creates divisions within the
6.5.13 Lack of appropriate work and employment in the area. (5.2)
6.5.14 Need to embed health ideas with existing projects in the area. (5.2)
6.5.15 Community centre is going to close. (5.3)
6.5.16 Programmes run by volunteers not useful as time restricted. (5.5)
6.5.17 Existing provision on Marquis Estate – Canonbury project and Rosebowl
6.5.18 Many ongoing health problems in area. (1.2)
6.5.19 Single parent families struggle (1.5)
6.5.20 Desire for these individuals to start clubs etc but unsure how. (2.3)
Services and Amenities Mapping
Borough & ONS code WL partner Borough lead Co-host
Islington Central YMCA Helen O‟Keefe Cripplegate Foundation
E01002720 Islington PCT 76 Central Street
SOA post codes
N1 2QS 2QB 2QL 2QR 2QU 2TN 2JF 2TW 2FX 2PE 2FZ 2BD 2AZ 2TJ 2AY 2EB 2TL 3PR 2GA 2WB 2EE 2EG 2PF
2SB 3NT 3AX 3AU 3PB 2FT 2RL 2EX 2BF 2SG 2FA 3PP 2FB 2FE 2FF 2FD
Overview Mapping summary
The SOA sits on the eastern side of Islington bordering Hackney and consists
Demographics: multicultural, of a young, mainly White, multiethnic community with a high proportion of
72% White, other main groups children and young people. There are over 120 languages spoken in the local
are Black Africans and schools, but the main ones are Bengali, Turkish/Kurdish and Somali. The area
Caribbean; 27% are children
has benefited from recent structural investment mainly in the form of external
Main languages: Bengali, refurbishment of properties, opening up of the estate and the development of
Turkish/Kurdish and Somali new children‟s play area in the Channel Islands area. Regeneration has
primarily been focused on the former Marquess Estate which has been
Residents in LA housing -45%; remodelled into the present New River Green Estate.
Service provision: recent
substantial structural investment A 2004 conference of local residents and agencies identified poor interagency
in the New River Green estate cooperation, lack of knowledge of current services and gaps in provision as
(formally the Marques) major areas of concern. Other key community concerns revolve around anti
The current Walter Sickert
social behaviour, youth crime, insufficient leisure activities for older people,
community centre is due for and potential loss of local amenities (the post office). There is however
redevelopment as a youth optimism that the work of the Rose Bowl youth centre will greatly improve anti-
focused community hub, with the social behaviour by young people. Social cohesion is poor and progress is
elders programmes (closed since hindered by a lack of communication between projects and community
2000) moving to an alternative
community venue towards the members, and lack of employment.
edge of the estate.
Local service providers suggest that the high rates of ill-health among
The physical regeneration has residents are linked to poor health behaviour arising from a lack of money,
highlighted the need for social
education and language skills. Mental health provision is a particular issue for
local residents and organisations and the relatively high rates of poor mental
health and general well-being are primarily associated with the housing
environment and lack of facilities.
Local consultations show poor levels of physical activity due to barriers of cost,
WL themes time, as well as disability, particularly amongst the over 55s. Highest levels of
HE Healthy Eating interest for PA (if available) are for gym and family swimming sessions (and
PA Physical Activity also dancing, pilates yoga, and football).
MH Mental Health
GS Green spaces
HE: There is a luncheon club for older people. Staying Alive is a healthy eating
AC Arts and Culture
and physical activity project working in deprived communities; and „Coming
home staying home service user empowerment training‟ by Islington Mind
provides support and information surrounding medication, healthy eating and
self advocacy to prevent readmissions to hospital.
PA: The Rose Bowl is expecting regeneration including an outdoor sports area
with a couple of pitches and changing facilities, and a programme has been
developed in Rosemary Gardens with Arsenal FC. Britannia Leisure Centre
offers a squash and badminton courts and a gym, and several swimming pools
are located around the area
MH: There are a range of services provided by Islington/NHS services and the
voluntary sector specifically targeting target CYP, BME groups, women, people
on low incomes, older people, asylum seekers and refugees. They mostly
provide counselling, advice and related support, and several have interpreters
and crèche facilities.
GS: There are several open spaces available which serve as football pitches.
They are mostly covered in tarmac. Rosemary Gardens offers a full sized
AC: Mildmay and South Libraries are nearby. ACE London‟s database lists
347 arts organisations in both Canonbury (intervention site, N1) and Finsbury
Park (comparison); 81 of these fall within the N1 postcode and cover a variety
of art forms including music, theatre, dance, visual arts and literature.
Schools and education Primary schools: Canonbury Primary School (Canonbury Road N1 2UT)
Residents with no formal
education – 38% Secondary schools: none in the ward
Extended Schools initiative
Health GP practices:
- Elizabeth Avenue Group Practice (2 Elizabeth Avenue N1 3BS)
Access to NHS services:
Generally good access to a GP - Mitchison Road Surgery (2 Mitchison Road N1 3NG)
but only 9 in 10 have a dentist - Prebend Street Surgery (15 Prebend Street N1 8PG)
and 8 in 10 use a pharmacist for - St. Paul‟s Road Medical Centre (248 St. Paul‟s Road, N1 2LJ)
health advice – the barriers are a - St. Peter‟s Street Surgery (161/2 St. Peter‟s Street N1 8JG)
lack of knowledge and
- Southgate Road Medical Centre (101 – 103 Southgate Road, N1 3JS)
(Cannonbury Health Event,
March 2007) Health centres
- River Place Health Centre ( River Place N1 2DE)
- Kinandental (99 Newington Green Road N1 4QY)
- Charles Landau Ltd (1 The Precent, Packington Square N1 7UP)
- N1 dental Surgery (372 Essex Road, N1 3PF)
- Pickerings (103 Upper Street, N1 1 QN)
- University College Hospital (250 Euston Road, NW1 2PG)
- The Whittington Hospital (Highgate Hill, N19 5 NF)
Manor Gardens Advocacy Project (Manor Gardens Centre, 6 – 9 Manor
Gardens N7 6LA) – free trained interpreter service in 12 languages
Community facilities/ Walter Sickert Community Centre
organisations and social
Rose Bowl Youth Club (St Paul‟s Open Space, MArquess Estate N1 2PY)
Canonbury Community Development Group – has been meeting for 2 years
Marquess TRA (Tenants and Residents Association)
Friends of New River (37 Alwyne Road, N1 2HW)
Almorah Community Centre (58 Almorah Road N1 3EU)
Bentham Court Community Centre (133 Bentham Court, Ecclesbourne Road,
Packington Estate Community Centre (1A Packington Ssquare, N1 7UP)
Popham and Cumming Estates Community Centre (Popham Street, N1 8QW)
Sebbon Street Community Centre (Sebbon Street, N1 2DZ)
Southern Housing – has set up a New River Green team to address log term
St Mary‟s Church (Upper Street, Islington N1 2TX)
St Stephen‟s Church (17 Canonbury Road, N1 2DF)
Canonbury Baptist Church (WSCC, Canonbury Crescent, N1 2FB)
Islington Pensioners Forum (1A Providence Place, London N1 0RN)
The Mana Project (3 Hope Close, Wallace Road, N1 2YS)
Dorcas Project (WSCC, Canonbury Crescent N1 2FB)
Islington Age Concern (6-9 Manor Gardens Centre N7 6LA)
Somali Speakers (Sebbon Street Community Centre, Sebbon Street N1 2PY)
Islington Somali Women and Children‟s Action Group
Islington Bangladesh Association (71 Caledonian, N1 9BT)
Imece Turkish Speaking Women‟s Group (2 Newington Green Road, N1 4RX)
Centre for the 60+ (Canonbury Recreation Group, 33A Elmore Street, N1 3AJ)
Employment & job brokerage Islington Enterprise agency (64 Essex Road, London, N18LR)
Median income - £34,539
(relatively high given the level of Islington Council Adult and Communty Learning Team (Laycock Building
deprivation) Room G12, Laycock Street N1 1TH) – contact for details about training
Economically active - 54%
Unemployed – top 20% LSOAs
Islington Council Regeneration and Community PArtnershsips (Municipal
Office, 222 Upper Street N1 1XR) - contact for details of vocational training
- Barnsbury (1 Barnsbury Road N1 0EX)
- Islington Jobcentre Plus (4 Upper Stret N1 0NW
Construction Works (Municipal Office, Islington Council, 222 Upper Street N1
Education Action International Refugee Education and Training Advisory
Service (14 Dufferin Street EC1Y 8PD)
Manor Gardens Advocacy Project (Manor Gardens, 6 – 9 Manor Gardens N7 6
LA) – accredited trainng and voluntary work experience in interpreting and
bilingual health advocacy for unemployed refugees
Trax to Employment (Kings Cross, 260 Pentonville Road N1 9JY) – ESOL and
basic skills tutors
Libraries, arts & culture Libraries:
- Mildmay Libray (21 - 23 Mildmay Park, N1 4NA)
ACE London‟s database lists 347
arts organisations in both - South Library (115 – 117 Essex Road, N1 2SL)
Canonbury (intervention site, N1) - Central Library (2 Fieldway Crescent, N5 1PF) – outside the Essex
and Finsbury Park (comparison); Road area
81 of these fall within the N1
Arts organisations within N1 postcode (ACE London database):
Organisation Postcode Art form
Absolute Theatre N1 1TL Theatre
Akram Khan Company N1 8QH Dance
All Change Arts N1 8JX
Almeida Opera N1 1TA Music
Almeida Theatre Company Ltd N1 1TA Theatre
Arekopaneng N1 9LP
Arena Theatre Company Trust N1 9EG
Autism London N1 2FS
Backchat Theatre Company N1 1JE
Burgeon Creative Ideas Ltd N1 3QP
Burrell Foley Fischer Llp N1 9AG
CandoCo Dance Company N1 3QP
Carnal Acts N1 1LG Theatre
Catherine Story Art & Design N1 8NG
Clerkenwell Community Players N1 2TR
Collins Gallery N1 0SL Visual arts
Community Foundations N1 9HS
Conscious Cinema N1 3AH
Copenhagen Youth Project N1 1BD Visual arts
Courtyard Theatre, The N1 9AA
Crafts Council N1 9BY Visual arts
Crafts Council Photostore N1 9BY
Csv/Rsvp N1 9NJ
Cubitt Artists Ltd N1 9HH Visual arts
Cultural Exchange Through Theatre In Education N1 2DQ Theatre
Cyclops Productions N1 8AL Theatre
English And Media Centre N1 2UN
Fidget Feet N1 3AF
Flowing Image N1 3AA
Future Of Sound N1 1HU Visual arts
Ganz Sight N1 9QP
Gaslight Arts Project N1 9AY
Ghana Music Awards Uk N1 4AP Music
Granta N1 8BE Literature
Granta Publications N1 8BE Literature
Greenpeace N1 2PN Visual arts
Groundwork North London N1 9LL
Helen Paris And Leslie Hill N1 2UQ
Historia Theatre Company N1 0HT
Hothouse N1 1LG
In Tandem Tc N1 1PW Theatre
Insomniac Productions Ltd N1 8SF Theatre
Islington & Camden Community Integration
Project N1 9DN
Islington Dance Project N1 2UD
Little Angel Theatre N1 2DN Theatre
Little Wonder N1 1QB
London Artists Projects Ltd N1 8NU Theatre
London Improvisation In Performance (Lip) N1 7DR Dance
London International Piano Competition N1 2PG Music
Louder Than Words Productions N1 0RG
Lunasea N1 0LZ Music
Mamaloucos N1 9BJ
Manifest N1 9EG
Matthew Churchill Ltd N1 9BJ Theatre
Moonlight And Roses N1 8NW
Moti Roti Company N1 0QD Visual arts
Muskett + Mazzullo N1 3QP
New Blood N1 2PQ
Opera Europa N1 0HN Music
Outreech Productions N1 3NB Theatre
Outsiders Trust N1 3QP
Peace Not War Music Project N1 9DX Music
Rollo Contemporary Art N1 2UN
Shape London In Islington N1 2UD
Shared Intelligence N1 9RE
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company N1 1LA Dance
Siren Arts N1 1PX
Snowbooks Ltd N1 9JN Literature
Southern African Book Development Education
Trust N1 1HB Literature
St Marys Youth Club N1 2TX
Sustain: The Alliance For Better Food & Farming N1 9PF Visual arts
The King's Head Theatre N1 1QN Theatre
The Moon And The Stars Theatre Ltd N1 2UJ Theatre
The Women's Radical Anthropology N1 8NW
Theodora Children's Trust N1 9HF Theatre
Three Legged Theatre Company N1 8NT
Tower Theatres N1 2NQ Theatre
Union Chapel Project N1 2XD
Unsafe & Sound N1 7BB Combined
Xchange Team N1 8JU
Zhongxi N1 3ER
Zoonation N1 0QY
Green spaces & play areas Canonbury Play Centre (Canonbury Road, London, N1 2UT)
Residents have expressed desire
for more and safer open green Basire Street Playground (Basire Street N1)
spaces, as these are limited.
Supervised play areas have Graham Street (N1)
Laycock Street Open Space (Laycock Street N1) – tarmac surface
Milner Square (N1) – tarmac surface
Mitchison Baxter Open Space (Baxter Road N1) – rubberised surface
Morton Playground (Queensbury Street N1) – tarmac surface
Rosemary Gardens (Southgate Road N1) – full sized pitch with redgra surface
St. Paul‟s North open Space (St. Paul‟s Place N1) - – tarmac surface
Healthy eating Staying Alive is a healthy eating and physical activity project working in
„Coming home staying home service user empowerment training‟ – by Islington
Mind which provides support and information surrounding medication, healthy
eating and self advocacy to prevent readmissions to hospital.
Physical activity The Rose Bowl is expecting regeneration including an outdoor sports area with
a couple of pitches and changing facilities, and a programme has been
Local service workers highlight
that the fear of crime affects developed in Rosemary Gardens with Arsenal FC.
people‟s lives and reduces their
confidence to use outdoor space St Mary‟s Neighbourhood Centre (Upper Street N1 2TX) – tai chi and yoga
for exercise and entertainment
Brittania Leisure Centre (40 Hyde Road N1 5JU) – with pool, squash and
badminton courts and gym
- Cally Pool (Caledonian Road N1 0NH)
- Highbury Pool (Highbury Crescent N5 1RR)
- Ironmonger Row Baths (Ironmonger Row EC1V 3QF)
Staying Alive – targeted at deprived communities
King Henry‟s Walk Adventure Playground (11 King Henry‟s Walk, N1 4NX) –
in/outdoor activities for CYP 5 – 15 years – outside the area
Mental health Islington/NHS services
- Canonbury Community Mental Health team (68 Halliford Street, N1
3RH) - accepts health professional and self-referrals
- Children and Family Consultation Service (The Northern Health Centre,
580 Holloway Road N7 6LB) – a GP referral only service
- Community Adolescent Service (The Northern Health Centre, 580
Holloway Road N7 6LB) – accepts health professional and self-
- Mental Health Care of Older People (Highgate Mental health Centre,
Block K, Dartmouth Park hill N19 5 NX) – referral via GP or social
worker, also for adults under 65 with diagnosis of dementia
- Claremont Project (24 – 27 White Lion Street N1 2PD) – ) services for
older people (lunch, classes, outings), 1-1 psychotherapy and art
- Stuart Lowe Trust (Suite 7, 24 -27, the Claremont Project, 24 – 27 White
Lion Street N1 2PD) – for people with mental distress and social
isolation; activities include dance, photography, gardening, life skills
- Upper Street Multicultural Counselling Centre (Claremont Centre, 24 –
27 White Lion Street N1 2PD) – counselling and psychotherapy
Outside the Essex Road Area
- The Drum Counselling Service (The Drum, 167 Whitecross Street EC1Y
8JT) – counselling and psychotherapy for young people 12 – 21
- Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy (96 Moray Road N4 3LA) –
counselling for BME groups particularly of Irish origin)
- Islington Mind (8 Manor Gardens N7 6LA) – counselling, advice and
support, crisis support line. It also runs „Stepping Out‟, which offers a
buddy service to access mainstream cultural, sports and health related
- Maya Centre (Unit 11, City North Trading Estate, Fonthill Road N4
women only counselling, covers Arabic , Turkish and Somali
languages, crèche available
- Refugee Therapy Centre (Della Clyne House, 40 St. Johns Way N19
3RR) – counselling, psychotherapy and related support for asylum
seekers and refugees
- Women‟s Therapy Centre (10 Manor Gardens N7 6JS) – fee paying
- psychotherapy service for women
- Stress Project (2 Shelbourne Road N7 6DL) - counselling and
complementary therapies for people on low incomes
Makin‟ tracks‟ run by Islington Music Forum (IMF) provides dance and drama
classes with emphasis on performance skills, self esteem and confidence
which attracts BME groups
Other service provision and CYPs services:
potential amenities - New River Green Children‟s Centre (23 Ramsay Walk, London, N12
Detached projects work with 2SX)
young people who do not wish to - Listen Up (White Lion Centre, White Lion Street, N1 9PW)
go to a youth club or centre - Minik Kardes Day Nursery
- Playgroups, parent and toddler drop in centres and toy libraries
- SureStart Mildmay and Canonbury (Unit 30, Leroy House, 436 Essex
Road N1 1TH)
- Canonbury Youth Work Group (128 Tollington Park, London, N4 3RB)
- Canonbury Project (Community Education Services, Unit 3, Canonbury
Project, St Paul‟s Road, N1 2PY)
- London Borough of Islington Children and Family Service (292 Essex
Road N1 2FB)
- London Borough of Islington Young People‟s Service (Block B,
Barnsbury Complex, Offord Road, N1 1QG)
The Canonbury Community Development Group has produced a booklet of
organisations in the area
Claremont Day Centre (24-27 White Lion Street, N1 9PD) – runs a range of
adult (>55years) education classes
Elfrida Society (The Tom Blyth Centre, 34 Islington Park Street, N1 1PX) –
runs classes for adults with moderate learning difficulties – borough wide
New River Green Children‟s Centre (23 Ramsay Walk, N1 2SX) – runs ESOL
class and crèche and a range of parents and carers groups
St. Paul‟s Steiner Project (1 ST Paul‟s Road, N1 2QH) – ranges of classes
including life drawing, ballet and counselling
The Canonbury Project (Unit 3, St. Paul‟s Road, N1 2PY) – a detached youth
project for people 10 – 21 years. Activities include a fatherhood project,
recycling pedal cycles, and employment and housing advice
Islington Boat Club (16-34 Graham Street, N1 8JX) – ages 9-18; provides
canoeing, sailing, table tennis, pool, board games, TV and video, organised
residential and day excursions, and activities to schools and other youth and
Rose Bowl Youth Club (St. Paul‟s Open Space, Ramsay Walk, N1 2PY) –
ages 5 – 17; after school club, homework club, Saturday club and a girl‟s and
St. John‟s Youth Club (39 Duncan Terrace, N1 8AL) – ages 12 – 19; promotes
social inclusion, citizenship and future prospects for young people of all
backgrounds. Activities include football, table tennis, pool, arts and crafts.
Computer homework club, trips and residential.
St. Mary‟s Youth Club (St. Mary‟s Neighbourhood Centre, St. Mary‟s Church,
Upper Street, N1 2TX) – ages 8 – 21; provides football, basketball, weight
training, dance, drama, gospel choir, computer room, holiday trips and
St. Stephen‟s Youth Work Project (St. Stephen‟s Church, 17 Canonbury Road,
N1 2DF) – ages 11 – 20; youth-led sessions promoting social, emotional and
spiritual development. Also offers advocacy, personal support and mentoring.
Triple M (Bentham Court Community Centre, 133 Bentham Court,
Ecclesbourne Road, N1 3DE) – ages 10 – 15; youth club with street dancing,
DJing, games (football, table tennis, etc), drama and art, music, trips and
holiday play schemes.
Other existing initiatives include a Health Day, an Older People‟s Event and a
conference on service provision (February 2006) with the other HA‟s in the
Islington intervention site.
Canonbury - E01002720
Encompassing a population of 1518 people, Canonbury reached 63.87 on the index of multiple
deprivation, placing it firmly within the top 1% most deprived of London. The population of the area
comprises a mix of established multiethnic communities living in public/ social housing (70%) and
predominantly white new residents; mostly upwardly mobile singles and childless couples. Seventy
two percent are white, with the remaining comprising mostly black Africans (11.41%) and Caribbeans
(4.34%)3. Of residents 26.9% are children and the area is in the top 10% of London SOAs for
proportion of children under 161.
Location and Environment.
Located east of the Islington borough, the New River Green estate (formally the Marquess) has
recently received substantial structural investment. This included significant improvement to the
external of properties, and also the opening up of the estate and the development of new children‟s
play area in the Channel Islands area. However, despite this investment, there are continuing
structural problems with some of the housing stock. A number of properties on the estate are squatted
or empty. The current Walter Sickert community centre is due for redevelopment as a youth focused
centre, with the elders programmes (closed since 2000) moving to an alternative community venue
towards the edge of the estate.
The residents of Canonbury feature within the top 2% of London SOAs for „years of potential life lost‟.
Whilst causes of death and admissions to hospital generally reflect national patterns, the proportion of
hospital admissions for strokes places them within the top 20% for London and 50% above average
for alcohol, drug and mental health related admissions.5 Ward level data suggests that waiting times
for doctors can range between 7-10 days and up to 5 weeks for one surgery6. Within Canonbury
19.96% of the population suffer from a „limiting long term illness‟ (placing them in the top 15% ranking
for London), and of those within the working age group, 20.31% are affected by a limiting long term
illness, again placing them within the top 5% for London SOA‟s2 . Additionally, teenage pregnancy
rates are likely above the national average among those living in public sector housing 7. Local service
providers suggest that ill-health relates to lack of money, education and of language skills conditioning
health behaviour. Further factors which contribute to these health issues are likely to include heavy
smoking which (among an estimated 33.6% of the population), well above the London average of
26.5%. Whilst daily alcohol consumption is below the national average; among the upwardly mobile
group, rates of heavy drinking (especially of beer) are estimated at than 3 times the national average7.
Canonbury is among the top 5% London SOAs when ranked for the index of mental health, Although
admission rates for mental health problems are average for London, 8% of the population are
claiming incapacity benefit due to mental health; a rate in the top 3% for London SOAs 7 Local service
providers suggest that mental health and general well-being is predominantly affected by the housing
environment and lack of facilities, this is supported by data highlighting more than twice as many
public sector housing residents complain of the buildings being in poor condition7. Furthermore,
among concerns raised by local residents and organisations, mental health provision was seen as a
key issue within the Canonbury ward6 Other issues raised included the provision of advice and support
to individuals, crime, youth work provision, older people, issues with the NHS and lack of community
Complementing this, local perceptions of mutual support between neighbours amounts to only 50% of
that of the national average. Additionally, established community members are estimated to rate the
area as a bad place to live and complain of racism, worry about racial attacks, insulting behaviour and
noisy neighbours twice above that of the national average7. Isolation and loneliness are described to
be a central concern for the older generation 6 . It is suggested that constraints on NHS provision
means that psychological therapies and counselling may be less available when compared with drug
treatment6. However ward level organisations such as the „Woman‟s therapy centre‟ are available,
which offer free or reduced rate psychotherapy, yet the demand is high.
Estimates of quality of diet suggest that overall the proportion of residents having a poor diet is 20%
above the national average and that the rate of obesity is in the top 20% of SOAs in London . . Further
estimates concerning the consumption of fruit and vegetables five a day) for adult residents is well
below the London average at 20.5%, placing them in the bottom 10 percent overall; while children fruit
and veg consumption is average among children.. Facilities around and about on the estate include a
Sainsbury‟s local which people from the estates around use very heavily. There are also organic
shops and Farmers Markets not too far away. A local service worker highlights that in terms of food
poverty Canonbury is better off than most other SOAs. However, lack of education about healthy
eating and the benefits is couple with low incomes is believed to be an important contributing factor to
unhealthy diets, especially as organic shops and Farmers‟ markets can be expensive.
The upwardly mobile subset of residents are probably more physically active than average but among
the public sector housing residents are likely to be less than half the national average 7 Residents
have expressed desire for more open green spaces, as these are limited in the area. Whilst local
service workers highlight that the fear of crime affects people‟s lives and reduces their confidence to
use outdoor space for exercise and entertainment. Also residents have expressed concern about the
kinds of open spaces there are, desiring safe areas so that parents don‟t have to worry about their
kids being outside and playing. Supervised play areas have been discussed and the Rose Bowl is also
expecting regeneration including an outdoor sports area with a couple of pitches and changing
facilities, and a programme to be developed with Arsenal FC.
In terms of recreation, there is believed that there is a divide between the established public sector
residents and the upwardly mobile. The former being less likely than the average to engage in
activities such as cycling, golf or walking, while the latter are more so. Volunteering is estimated to be
at average levels7. In 2004, less that one third of the 1682 residents in the whole of Canonbury ward
aged between 5-19 ward level, (approximately 450) were involved in activities and clubs around
Canonbury. Only 7% of adults participate in projects 6.
In one area of the estate (290 households) 67% are on benefits. Local estimates suggest that on the
whole Marquess estate probably 75% are on benefits, but that the poverty is quite hidden. Within the
working age population proportions seeking Disability Legal Allowance, Incapacity Benefits, Income
Support (ranked 2nd) Job Seekers Allowance all fall within the top 1% for London.4 This highlights an
extremely high dependency upon outside financial support.
Within this Canonbury SOA 37.7% of the population aged 16-74 have no formal qualifications. This
ranks them in the top 10% for London. Further qualifications obtained by 11% of the population at
level 1, 13.3% at level 2 (ranking them in the bottom 5% for London), 7.9% at level 3 and 24%
achieved up to level 4. Other formal qualifications obtained by 5.6% of the population feature at an
average standard for London3.
There are several RSLs managing housing stock in the area.. According to a recent survey of
residents by the local councillor, anti-social behaviour (by young people) was seen as a primary
concern, and as something that had got worse recently. However personal accounts suggest that
issues with young people had actually improved significantly, thanks in large part to the work of the
Rose Bowl youth centre. However, there are mixed race gangs of young people on the estate. A small
area towards St Paul‟s Road still retains the overhead walkways which are seen as a security risk and
have been removed from elsewhere on the estate. When considering the wider needs of residents a
top concern is fear of crime, complimented by ward level data highlighted a 61% increase in
residential burglaries over a 3 year period ending in March 2004.
Surrounding open spaces on the estate are currently underdeveloped and seem to be primarily used
by young people hanging around and as a repository for dog faeces. Local discussions have
considered projects whereby parts of open spaces could be turned into vegetable patches for growing
food, and have suggested encouraging links between a local interest in gardening and increasing
Only 54% of residents are economically active positioning them in the bottom 5% of ranking within
London3. Additionally, Canonbury features in the top 20% for unemployed persons in London SOAs
which compliments the extremely high levels of benefit dependency.
The recent physical regeneration highlights the need for social regeneration in the Canonbury SOA.
Local service providers suggest this is a prime concern yet progress is being hindered by a lack of
communication between projects and to community members. Existing initiatives include a Health Day
and a conference on service provision (Feb, 26th) with the other HA‟s in the area. TRA have also been
producing a booklet of organisations in the area now in its final stages of printing.
Further afield projects in Islington include „Makin‟ tracks‟, run by Islington music forum (IMF). Providing
dance and drama classes with emphasis on performance skills, self esteem and confidence which
attracts BME groups. „Stepping Out‟ run by Islington Mind which offers a buddy service to access
mainstream cultural, sports and health related activities and „Coming home staying home service user
empowerment training‟ – Islington Mind which provides support and information surrounding
medication, healthy eating and self advocacy to prevent readmissions to hospital.
1. Resident Population Estimates (2004). 2. Office of National Statistics. 3. Census (2001) 4.
Department of Work and Pensions.
5. London Health Observatory. 6. Cripple Gate Foundation. 7. Experian Profiling. 8. HSE (2000-
LSOA Code E01002720
Ward Name Canonbury
Demographic Education Economic Benefits
Population (2004) 1518 Percent no qualifications 37.7
% claiming Disability Living
Males 682 Rank in London (out of 4765) 420 Economic Activity Rate 54% Allowance 14%
Working Age 956 Percent level 1 quals 11.5 Rank in London (out of 4765) 4578 Rank in London (out of 4765) 33
% claiming incapacity benefit
or severe disablement
% under 16 27% Rank in London (out of 4765) 2978 allowance 18%
Ranking in London %under 16
(of 4765) 281 Percent level 2 quals 13.3 Unemployment rate 6% Rank in London (out of 4765) 12
Percent White 72.25 Rank in London (out of 4765) 3874 Rank in London (out of 4765) 830 % claiming income support 29%
Ranking in London (out of 4765) 2617 Percent level 3 quals 7.9 Rank in London (out of 4765) 2
% claiming jobseekers
Percent Black African 11.41 Rank in London (out of 4765) 3587 allowance 9%
Percent Black Caribbean 4.34 Percent level 4 quals 24 Rank in London (out of 4765) 35
Rank in London (out of 4765) 2842
Health Health Health Mental Health
Synthetic estimate of % Years of potential life lost ( per Cause of Death: MI age- Index of Mental Health
smokers 33.6 1000) 107.5 standardised rate 9.3 (mean=0) 0.74
Percentile 86% Ranking in London (4765) 75 Ranking in London (959) 384 Ranking in London (4765) 115
Hospital admissions for
Synthetic estimate of % binge Cause of Death: Stroke age- mental health: age-
drinkers 15 Percent with LLTI 19.96 standardised rate 9 standardised rate 349.7
Percentile 51% Ranking in London (4765) 572 Ranking in London (959) 626 Ranking in London (959) 415
Hospital Admissions Stroke % pop claiming Incapacity
Synthetic estimate of % obese 17.1 % working-age pop with LLTI 20.31 age-standardised rate 183 benefit or SDA for MH 0.084
Percentile 29% Ranking in London (4765) 125 Ranking in London (959) 151 Ranking in London (4765) 27
SE %Adults 5+ fruits 20.5
SE % Children 5+ fruits 49.1
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
Characteristics estimated from Mosaic Profiles
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Experian Archetype Poscodes
Type B08 - Just Moving In 26.32
Type E28 – Countercultural Mix 21.05
Type E36 – Metro Multiculture 52.63
In the table below the numbers are the percentage which the area is expected to be above or
below the national average value
Diet Neigbourhood problems
bad diet 22 Noisy Neighbours 105
Teenagers hanging about 31
Physical Activity Rubbish 26
gym membership -21 Vandalism and graffiti 45
marathon participation -58 Racism 103
People using or dealing in
Smoke and Drink Homes in bad condition 77
Smoker 12 Burnt out cars 75
heavy smoker 26
Drink alcohol daily -35 Worries
Heavy/medium beer drinking 32 Things stolen from car 24
Car stolen -15
Hospital Admissions Mugging 24
HES Total admissions 0 Burglary 8
HES Emergency -30 Rape 39
HES Alcohol and drug abuse 41 Attack from strangers 24
HES Mental Health 46 Insulted or pestered 75
Racial attack 106
HES Teenage Pregnancies 23 Leisure
Social Capital Football -7
Neighbours help each other -32 Golf -39
Neighbours go own way 27 Hiking and walking -36
Good place to live -22 Ski-ing and snowboarding -3
Average place to live 107 Theatre and the arts 1
Bad place to live 120 Voluntary and charity work 3 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 six 'Heart of the
Community' projects that will deliver capacity building and training, community consultation and engagement and
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, e.g. 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 work
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 project.
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 Wellnet
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 personal resources.
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 mental
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
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 programmes.
Process skills: including leadership training; community development processes; consultation facilitation;
mental health impact assessment; negotiation and communication skills; evaluation methodologies.
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 etc.).
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.