Community Wellbeing Project
Supporting local communities to look after their health and providing access to holistic services is a priority for Islington CCG, Islington Council and our partners in the voluntary and community sector. We work closely with our colleagues at the Council and in the voluntary and community sector to develop projects and funding opportunities which support our aims.
Since March 2014, Help on Your Doorstep has been delivering the Community Wellbeing Project in the New River Green Estate.
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 with, and getting feedback from people at 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.
In the last two years we have begun to measure the wellbeing impact of the projects and have evaluated how the project has helped people feel more positive about their health, wellbeing and community, increased their physical activity levels and improved their sense of confidence. Please read the reports for 2017 and 2018 to find out more.
For more information on the project you can dowload the reports on the right hand side of this page, or click on the links below:
Due to the success of the New River Estate project we are now piloting a further two projects with Islington Council, Cripplegate and Peabody Housing association. These are being piloted:
- in the Kings Cross area
- on the 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 quality of life and wellbeing of residents in those communities. By working with the local community to assess their needs, as well as what assets and skills they have, we can work with them to design what they feel they need to improve wellbeing. We will then provide support to enable the community to take action on this. All of the projects have employed local people from the estate or local area to lead delivery and gather insights from residents.
These pilots, combined with evaluation from the New River Green project, will help us to gain valuable learning around how we use resources to develop projects with community groups to improve health and wellbeing outcomes which are not only sustainable but, in the longer term may provide potential savings.