Community spirit improving thanks to grant scheme

tai-chi class with fans

Local people from Vassall and Coldharbour wards in Brixton are benefitting from an injection of community spirit this winter after 13 local individuals and groups were awarded grants from the Health and Wellbeing Fund.

The recipients will use the awards to work together on projects that tackle isolation amongst older people, encourage interaction and promote wellbeing in the wards, two of the most deprived in the borough.

Happy Drums sessionsThe projects which receive the funding range from cooking and tai-chi, to drumming and English lessons.

The projects in Vassall and Coldharbour wards will attempt to support evidence that residents who have good social connections are healthier and more able to deal with any health problems they may encounter compared to those who are isolated or lonely.

The Health and Wellbeing Fund, is a partnership project between Lambeth Council, SLIC and Lambeth CCG. The initial fund is being trialled in the Vassall and Coldharbour areas with the feedback used to shape future activities.

All of the projects will run until March 2016.