Supporting local communities to look after their health and providing access to holistic services is a priority for us, Islington Council and our partners in the voluntary and community sector. We work closely with Islington Council and the voluntary and community sector to develop projects and funding opportunities which support our aims.
Community wellbeing project
Since March 2014, Help on Your Doorstep has been delivering the Community Wellbeing Project in the New River Green Estate. (988KB)
The project has been delivered by two local estate residents, many local estate volunteers and has engaged with the community to gather insights on local needs, assets and priorities.
Insight has been gathered in a number of ways across the course of the project including:
- a review of five years’ worth of data
- responses from health and wellbeing surveys
- focus groups
- a young person’s health and wellbeing film project
- speaking and getting feedback from people at the community events
- case studies and measuring the wellbeing impact of the project.
The community centres on the estate now have a weekly activities schedule that includes:
- a community coffee morning
- over 55 monthly film club night
- exercise classes for all ages
- community events.
The project also links in with local services including NHS services, council departments, and community police to communicate and address community issues such as access to services, community safety, the built environment and green spaces.
For more information on the project you can read
Community wellbeing projects development
Due to the success of the New River Estate project we have piloted a further two projects with Islington Council on the:
- Andover Estate
- Bemerton Estate
We are working with Help On Your Doorstep to deliver both projects.
Like the New River Green project, the two pilots focus on a small geographical community and aim to make improvements which will directly improve the community’s quality of life and wellbeing. By working with the local community to assess what their needs are and also what assets and skills they have, we can work with them to design what they feel they need to improve their wellbeing. We will then support the community to take action on this.
Both pilots have employed local people from the estate to lead the delivery and gather the insights from the residents.
These pilots, combined with evaluation of the New River Green project, will help us to gain valuable learning around how we use resources to develop projects with community groups – used in a way which they choose – to improve health and wellbeing outcomes which are not only sustainable but, in the longer term, provide potential savings.
Commissioning intentions community engagement and support
In 2016 we re-commissioned a consortia group led by HealthWatch Islington and Help On Your Doorstep, to gather in depth community insight and to support local communities to access the right services. The consortia was made up of nine other organisations that represented our Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic, Refugee and Migrant communities (BAMER).
The aim of the piece of work was to strengthen the way in which we hear from communities that faced barriers in accessing services, strengthen our relationships with grassroots organisations and support them to develop their evaluation and research skills. By doing this, they can represent the views of their local community and we can feed the information we gather into commissioning plans ensuring we are meeting the needs of the local population, alongside supporting local communities to the right healthcare support and advice.
This piece of work meant we:
Captured views the views of the community
Were able to share information on accessing services with some of the groups who find it the most difficult to access services
Were able to identify vulnerable members of the Islington community (who we would not otherwise have been able to reach) who had more complex needs and required additional support to access health services
Supported the community organisations have become more informed on NHS services and they can signpost those who took part in the research and their clients but have also been able to offer more intensive support to those in their communities that needed it.
The reports from both years of the project and the CCG’s response show our work and findings.
Diverse communities health voice 2017 - 1,019KB
Diverse communities health voice 2016 - 1,019KB
Centre 404 - health research project - 506KB
Manor Gardens Centre engagement research - 624KB