Wayside Community Centre

Merry Heart Project

Wayside Centre will promote health and fitness activities for older members of the Black & Ethnic Minority Community of Hackney. The project will work with other agencies to provide opportunities to encourage socially excluded elders to access community facilities and remain independent longer.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1002698)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£3,000

Amount raised

£618

Donations

16

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • I can now walk up the stairs without getting out of breath

    — Sydna

  • I enjoy coming here as the exercise does me good.

    — Iris

  • I can now walk up the stairs without getting out of breath

    — Sydna

  • I enjoy coming here as the exercise does me good.

    — Iris

Situation

Social isolation, poverty, lack of access to services, resources and skills. Little social support and social exclusion lead to poor health. In 2015 Hackney was ranked the 11th most deprived local authority in England. Evidence published in the local authority index of deprivation statistics showed a correlation between social, economic and environmental disadvantage and poor health. Social activity has always played a huge part in the lives and welfare of BME individuals.

Solution

Wayside Centre will continue to deliver a programme of Health and social activities to educate individuals on the effects of heart disease and other chronic conditions relating to lack of exercise and diet.The programme will give elderly people the opportunity to get socially connected by getting out of the house, meeting other like minded people and share in laughter, story telling and take part in other fun activities such as zumba fitness, group discussions and advocacy services.