15 Dec 2017
Following a successful bid for funding from Ealing Council, supported by West London Mental Health NHS Trust and its primary care physical health service One You Ealing, Sport England has selected Southall as a pilot site to help residents become more physically active.
Southall will receive a share of £100m National Lottery funding as part of the pilot scheme, which will run over the next four years. The scheme aims to build healthier communities and increase access to sport and physical activity.
As well as Ealing Council and local NHS services, the pilot involves many community organisations, businesses, charities and faith groups.
Johnny Nota, One You Ealing Service Manager, said: “We are very excited that following a rigorous selection process, Southall was chosen as a pilot site for Sport England’s ground-breaking investment. I am hopeful that residents will now be encouraged to move more and reap the health benefits of physical activity, of which there are many.
“In our first year, One You Ealing’s Child Weight Management programme generated positive outcomes as 86% of children who completed the programme maintained or reduced their weight, as measured by their BMI Z-score, and 69.3% achieving these outcomes were from minority ethnic groups. We hope to ensure that sport is seen as an enriching activity to maximise health and wellbeing within the Southall community – this is why we wasted no time in showing our support to Ealing Council’s bid for funding.”
Jennie Price, Sport England Chief Executive, said: “On our assessment visits to choose the pilot places I was vividly reminded that the barriers to getting active might have little to do with the activity itself, yet this is where we often start.
“I talked to one older lady who was very keen to start swimming again, but to do so she needed someone to sit with her husband who had dementia, a bus that stopped on the right side of a busy junction for the leisure centre, and a session with people like her in the pool rather than lots of children for example.
“Working with all of the partners in a local area means for the first time we can think about that broader range of issues and work right across the local system to address them.”
Much of the initial work will focus on research to establish what activities would be most effective and why there is low take up of sport in Southall. Sport England will work closely alongside each pilot site to devise a bespoke approach based on the unique needs of the local communities. Each place is likely to have its own solutions and will have the support of a Sport England team.
About West London Mental Health NHS Trust:
West London Mental Health NHS Trust is one of the most diverse trusts in the country. It provides a full range of mental health, physical healthcare and community services for children, adults and older people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, in addition to specialist and forensic mental health services, including high secure services at Broadmoor Hospital.
If you are interested in vacancies at the Trust please go to our careers website: http://www.careers.wlmht.nhs.uk/
West London Mental Health NHS Trust contact details:
Martha Nahar (Communications Officer)
020 8354 8747
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