Increasing community ownership
Participants in Community Prescription programme get active together
We have engaged with our communities in new ways, with the aim of supporting people to better manage their health and wellbeing beyond traditional NHS engagement models.
Some of the new approaches include:
- Beat the Street: In June and July 2016, Newham CCG part-sponsored the Beat the Street challenge. GPs encouraged local people to get moving, improve their health, have fun and discover their local area by taking part. Nearly 500 people took part in the challenge as part of a GP practice team.
- Walking Football Tournament with Love Football Soccer 6: In November 2016, Newham CCG sponsored an over-45s, mixed gender walking football tournament, as part of the Soccer 6 Love Football community event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The tournament was part of a whole day of entertainment for local people to enjoy. In 2017, in partnership with other CCGs in east London, we delivered a second tournament in Hackney Marsh that brought together patients from Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.
- Boxing themed activity sessions with Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy: Newham CCG teamed up with the Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy to offer free non-contact boxing themed exercise sessions for over-40s across Newham to promote a healthier lifestyle.
Feedback from local people on the Walking Football tournament:
“I love football. I’ve got a real passion for it. I didn’t mind getting up early for this, I was excited! I want to join a Walking Football group so this tournament gave me a chance to get a feel for the game. Football is my hobby. I enjoy it and it gets me healthy. I’m really happy I’m doing this today and meeting new people. I was born here at Homerton Hospital, so I’m coming home to play!” Nishi, walking football participant and Homerton resident
“I think it’s a really good day, and good to meet people. I came to the first tournament and despite the weather it was a lovely day. It’s good to work in teams, it’s inviting. It brings me out of the house. I’m one of those who if I’m not invited I won’t go - I was socially isolated.
"I decided to come and see what the tournament is like, to measure my wellness by taking part and to meet other people like me who stay in. Playing football is like a language which is new to all of us. It gives us a way to communicate with each other and makes us smile and makes us happy.” Sandra, walking football participant and Newham resident