Last month with funding from Lambeth Together and Lambeth Council’s Community Connections Fund, Thriving Stockwell (a neighbourhood level partner for Lambeth Together) launched Community Living Room health and wellbeing activities in Lambeth.
Community Living Rooms host health and wellbeing events
The two ‘Community Living Rooms’ run weekly at the following locations:
- Stockwell Park Community Trust in the heart of the Stockwell Park Estate
- Arts4Space, a short walk from Stockwell Tube station
These Living Rooms host health and wellbeing sessions designed and run by local people. Activities include yoga and tai-chi wellbeing groups, rumba classes, coffee and chat sessions for people living with chronic pain, a Safe Space group for women from multi ethnic communities and a creative sewing club. The programme of activities is supported by Thriving Stockwell’s Community Builder, Marta.
Dr Raj Mitra, GP and Lambeth Together Clinical and Care Professional Lead for Staying Healthy, said:
“This Community Living Room initiative is a great example of how we are working with local communities to ensure people in Lambeth have access to advice and support in community settings to stay well. This is vital to ensure we meet the commitments in our five year ‘Our health Our Lambeth’ Health and Care Plan. It is great that these local spaces can be used to provide culturally appropriate health and wellbeing support, tailored to our communities’ needs.”
Launch event celebrates thinking differently
Community leaders, local councillors, practitioners, partner organisations, and some of the residents leading the sessions came together to officially launch the programme and celebrate the impact of thinking differently, of sharing ‘power’ with the local community, and of co-production and co-design as a tool to improve people’s lives and health outcomes.
Thriving Stockwell was founded in 2019 by Steve Griffin, Director of Stockwell Partnership, and Dr. Vikesh Sharma, GP at Grantham Practice. Thriving Stockwell connects community groups, service providers, councillors, and residents to reduce health inequalities and improve the wellbeing of the neighbourhood. It aims to break down barriers and provide essential support to vulnerable communities, promoting good physical and mental health by connecting residents to social and community activities that improve their wellbeing and resilience.
Read more about our health and wellbeing commitments in Lambeth Together’s ‘Our health, Our Lambeth’ Health and Care Plan 2023-2028.