There was no 'one size fits all' approach to StayWell, LiveWell, but rather, a diverse set of strategies and approaches. The programme of activities was developed by the Steering Group composed of representatives of each participating Community Centre, in partnership with local people, and focused upon the concerns and circumstances and interests, of those involved.
A key success of the programme structure is ongoing responsivity at the local level. Many of the strategies, programme activities, and partnerships developed are still ongoing and have become a sustainable programme.
"It's the only place that I can come and socialise with other men." Men's Social Club Member
"We have health and well-being talks, food, poetry, dancing and everyone takes part. All these help me get out of the house. Without these places (community centres) or activities, I will be at home sitting like a couch potatoe and waking TV." Centre Member
The Mindfulness Course at the Stress Project was developed to equip people with the skill set and to introduce practices that can help them deal with depression and significantly reduce incidences of relapse into depression.
The eight-week course offered by the Stress Project is an adapted version of the course developed by Segal, Williams and Teasdale.
"Learning to let go of resistance figuring out what I need to alleviate the depression, letting myself feel and realising I am work spending time on myself." Young Person attending Mindfulness Workshops
"(Mindfulness) has really helped reduce symptoms of anxiety and boosted confidence and focus. We think that mindfulness complements our six-week employment programme extremely well as many young people (NEET) are experiencing poor mental health." Coach, Employment Programme
Estate We Play can be considered an effective practice example of how families living on the same estate, yet experiencing social isolation, came together to create a programme of social and physical activities. Over the last two years the Hornsey Lane Estate residents were supported by the team Hornsey Lane Community Centre to create Estate We Play. Development and implementation activities included:
"We have a new network of organisations supporting our Estate We Play project and our wider work. StayWell, LiveWell and Estate We Play has really raised the profile of our Community Centre in Islington - with local providers and the general public." Community Centre Team