Healthier Lifestyles Project
This project is funded through the Adapt and Innovate grant giving programme from NHS West London CCG and KCSC.
The project is about mentoring BAME community members who need to make changes to their lifestyle to improve their mental and physical health.
Clients are supported to make 3 or more simple long-term commitments with regard to their lifestyle such as eat a minimum of portions of fruit and veg, or have a fasting/non fasting period (eg eat between 11am-7pm only), and includes a physical activity target (eg go for a 20 minute walk every day).
This project is being delivered in partnership with 4 BME organisations to reach clients who need to improve their health and wellbeing and who have difficulties accessing mainstream services, partly because of a language barrier. The service can be delivered in Arabic, Somali, Bengali, Spanish and Farsi. Clients receive 4 weekly 1:1 sessions to agree an action plan and support and (if restrictions permit) to do some physical activities together with a staff member (otherwise this can be delivered online), followed by two follow up sessions a month later to encourage maintaining these changes in the longer term.
All staff members delivering the project will have received a programme of training incorporating accredited training such as RSPH accredited training (https://www.rsph.org.uk/our-services/e-learning/courses/level-2-understanding-health-improvement.html), MECC, and informal CBT-style methods of problem solving and goal setting, and physical activity self-evaluation methods.
Organisations delivering the project are:
- Midaye Somali Development Network
- FAWA (French African Welfare Association_
- CLYD (Central London Youth Development Trust)
- Iranian Association