On Saturday 18 February, residents at Stamford Hill estate in Hackney enjoyed a fun day designed to help them with their health and wellbeing.
The free event, hosted by Shoreditch Trust in partnership with Southern Housing Group and Hackney SHINE, was designed to help residents meet their neighbours and make positive changes to their health and wellbeing.
More than 30 residents who took part had a chance to learn about different aspects of healthy living including relaxation techniques, healthy eating, and giving up smoking. They also received employment, debt, and energy advice, including support from the Group’s Love London Working team about work-related training opportunities and employment support.
The event was part of the Health Coach Programme, run by Shoreditch Trust, which helps people living in Hackney take steps to improve their physical, mental and emotional health and improve their confidence and social networks. This includes supporting people to reach their goals and access services and opportunities available to them.
Yasmin Glover from Shoreditch Trust said: “These events offer members of the community the chance to find out about what local services and support are available to them and build connections with the people who offer them. They also offer a welcoming space for residents to meet their neighbours and experience new things.”
One participant commented on the day: “I enjoyed everything – all the activities were really good and very informative.”
Love London Working is a training and employment programme to help unemployed Londoners over the age of 16 get into work, delivered in partnership with 15 housing associations. Southern Housing Group’s Love London Working team has so far signed up over 200 Londoners to the Love London Working programme, with about a third being supported into employment.