Green and healthy living

Helping young people in our foyers develop healthy lifestyles

As part of our foyer programme our lifeskills training delivers healthy eating programmes and even teaches foyers residents how to grow their own organic fruit and veg. Focus E15 Foyer resident, Kathleen, said: “At first when they said come and learn about food and healthy eating, I thought that I already knew all about it but I’ve learnt so much. Our strawberries are really, really sweet, sweeter than the ones in the supermarket and cheaper too, because it only costs a few pence to buy the seeds. There’s nothing I’ve learnt here that I can’t use when I leave the foyer.” Read more about Kathleen’s food growing experience here.

Stay Well Healthy Living Network

This is a network of organisations within Newham aimed at creating activity networks for older people linked to community forum areas. Stay Well provide a range of services and activities to address health inequality and social isolation. The purpose of the Stay Well Healthy Living Network is to enhance social, emotional and physical health for older people.

Activities include dance, cooking, social clubs, and complimentary therapies. All activities are taught by trained professionals locally. Stay Well also  coordinates a series of Healthy Living Days providing tasters, and short workshops on  a range of activities. We also provide training workshops  and courses to give tips and advice on moving towards to a healthier lifestyle. A list of our activities can be found here.

The Stay Well Healthy Living Network is funded by the London Borough of Newham and coordinated by East Potential (part of the East Thames Group). The network is made up of 13 local organisations with a drive to improve the health and well being of Newham residents.

For more information or to join a local activity, please contact the organisation directly. If you would like more information about the partnership please call 020 8522 2247 or email  blandine.obale@east-thames.co.uk

Active and Connected Carers

 East Thames, in partnership with Age UK Newham, the SubCo Trust, Hibiscus and the Newham Carers Network, offers free wellbeing sessions to carers in Newham. The project provides a respite service from Age UK Newham ensuring there is someone to take over the caring role while participants attend sessions.

Each session offers participants time to relax, socialise and get involved in a range of activities including social outings and fitness classes. The project addresses wellbeing and how caring can impact health, personal lifestyle and relationships. Participants will be given the information and motivation they need to improve their overall wellbeing and be better carers as a result. 

The project runs across four locations in Newham until March 2014. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Husneara Begum at Age UK Newham on 020 8503 4800 or email husneara.begum@ageuknewham.org.uk for further details.

Promoting eco-awareness

Leading a greener lifestyle often helps families to be healthy and save money too – and this is a message we have been promoting to residents through a number of initiatives in our local neighbourhoods. We provide energy efficiency advice and support and can help residents get the best deal from energy suppliers, reducing fuel poverty. We also aim to increase understanding and awareness of environmental issues and help our residents lead greener lives.

To deliver this advice and support, we have held several successful events on some of East Thames’ biggest estates, including:

  • an eco-awareness day at Winsor Park in Beckton, where residents got advice on recycling and waste disposal, and were given environmentally friendly kettles to use in their homes
  • a Go Carbon Neutral day at Cranberry Lane estate in West Ham, an event attended by 150 residents which we set up with local partners. Carbon neutral diaries were handed out so people could keep track of how they were reducing their carbon emissions and their energy bills, and young residents took part in the Cranberry climate change challenge.