Healthy communities

Every Londoner deserves to feel part of a community. Participating in community life helps people gain a sense of control over their lives, develop personal skills, self-confidence, and the ability to deal with life’s challenges.  

Worryingly, Londoners are more likely to experience social isolation than people in other parts of the UK. Many Londoners, young and old, regularly feel lonely or unsupported, with many reporting that they have no one they could rely on if they had a serious problem. Physical and mental health issues can become barriers to people’s participation in the community and some of London’s major public health challenges disproportionately affect certain communities. 

Healthy communities are not just about illnesses and diseases. Reducing crime,increasing safety and diverting people at risk of offending into other activities, helps to strengthen, connect and empower individuals and communities. 

Masterclasses: Community Development for Health

The Greater London Authority commissioned the University of East London to deliver a programme of masterclasses to share learning and best practice on what works at the local community or neighbourhood level to develop healthy and resilient communities. The project is targeted at people with experience and an interest in community-centred approaches to improving health and wellbeing.  

The programme comprised a masterclass and action learning set in each of the five Health and Care Partnership sub-regions across London, together with a pan-London networking and learning event on 6th September 2019. A work book will soon be available that will share the learning and impact of the project.

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