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The aims of the project are:
- to support young parents to live healthier lives and bring up their children to
have better chances of health and attainment

- to breakdown barriers and develop social links between the host community
and immigrant families

- to support people to gain self- confidence and engage with local services
such as health services, leisure activities, ESOL classes, debt advice,
cookery classes, volunteering opportunities, education and employment skills

- to address health inequalities in Inner East Leeds by promoting healthy lifestyles to
the community through community events and activities in accessible and local places

- to support local people to lead change in their community and to build
sustainable relationships to promote community cohesion

Our outcomes so far are:

- an improved level of self-confidence amongst young parents and increased
engagement with community activities and groups

- better integration amongst different ethnic groups and a better understanding
of each others culture

- engagement with hard to reach groups who feel isolated and unable to join
in with mainstream groups and events

- increased access to volunteering and employment

- an increased knowledge of children’s dietary needs, healthy eating
and healthy lifestyles amongst local people

- increased engagement with other services and organisations

- more people engaging in social networks and reporting that they feel happier and
healthier as a result of this project

What we do:

Run women’s groups in Lincoln Green, the Torre Road neighbourhood and East End park, providing a safe environment for women to meet other parents and share experiences as well as opportunities for them to access health information, take part in activities and build friendships between the BME and white host population. Women from these groups have attended Northern College, Barnsley, started volunteering in the community, supported a member with mental health problems, attended a women’s retreat centre in the Yorkshire Dales, helped run cohesion activities at events and family parties, applied for jobs and vastly improved their social networks as well as accessing information and support around health screening and Change 4 Life family activities.

School holiday activities to include: Summer Day Rover trips with parents and children to encourage social interaction, exercise and exploration of local parks and museums on a budget. Family coach trips to the seaside (coaches funded by local funding pot)
Seasonal family fun days to encourage community cohesion and family interaction through celebrating various cultural festivals

International Women’s Day celebration event in March to bring women of different cultures together in celebration of womanhood – this event has grown over the last three years, and now involves several partner organisations and many more activities run by the women themselves such as an Eritrean tea ceremony, knitting a community blanket, running a tombola and serving refreshments.

   

   

 

Health & wellbeing events in community venues. Zest provides health information at each event such as healthy eating advice, tasters and recipes, info on local affordable exercise sessions and support groups and activities. Other agencies involved include debt advisors, affordable warmth services, oral health team, local pharmacies and weight management services.

One to one support for women and families, addressing issues and problems and signposting / accompanying them to local services, groups and opportunities such as debt advice, affordable warmth services, local exercise groups, housing offices, benefits advice and course tasters.

Family tea time clubs providing opportunities for local families to meet, eat, learn and play together.

Contact: Tara Benn, Family Health Development Worker on 0113 2406677