Faith, Health and Community Action in Tower Hamlets
As part of their COVID-19 recovery plan, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council decided to look to faith groups as delivery partners to improve health outcomes across the borough. As trusted partners through our work with the Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum, the borough’s Public Health team commissioned FaithAction to work alongside local faith-based organisations and places of worship, with the aim of supporting improved health outcomes for the communities who engage with them. We have been working with Tower Hamlets Council on the Faith Health Action Partnership (FHAP) project since January of this year.
Through April and May of 2022, fifteen faith-based organisations and places of worship from across the London Borough of Tower Hamlets submitted proposals for health-related ‘Action Plans’ that they wished to deliver within their congregations and local communities. Ten of these were selected to work with FaithAction as ‘hubs’ to deliver their proposed Action Plans. The hubs are delivering wide-ranging projects, from a mindfulness training course which equips people to deliver sessions within their immediate network, to a Muslim women’s cycling group, after-church blood pressure testing, over 50s yoga and coffee mornings, and a youth project designed to reduce the risks of gang involvement and substance abuse.
Between 5th July 2022 and 5th October 2022, the ten ‘hubs’ supported by the Faith Health Action Partnership between FaithAction and Tower Hamlets have directly engaged 183 participants from across the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. From the data we have gathered, we have calculated that the project as a whole has a wider indirect reach of at least 700 people across Tower Hamlets – which is pretty impressive for small grassroots projects!
Here is some feedback from some of the project participants and leaders:
Project Leader, Globe Community Project, Mindfulness Champions
Yoga instructor, Newark Youth London, Over 50’s Coffee Morning and Yoga
Volunteer nurse, Christ Apostolic Church, After-Church Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Testing
Session leader, East London Mosque, Women’s Health and Fitness Programme
Participant, Cycle Sisters, Social Rides for Muslim Women
Participant, Dorset Community Association, Elder’s Health Group
If you’d like to know more about FHAP or get involved with one of the projects, you can do so here:
Projects – Tower Hamlets Faith Health Action Partnership (faithaction.net)
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If you would be interested in seeing a project similar to FHAP take place in your vicinity, please get in touch at [email protected]