Havelock healthy walk one year on

It’s almost a year since the Havelock healthy walk 1km trail was launched from our Havelock Estate in Southall.  The route follows the Grand Union canal all the way the Thames and forms part of a wider ‘healthy living map’ of all the local walks, which links to a digital database.

We caught up with the Neighbourhood Coordinator, Nicola Wheeler, to find out what’s been happening with the project since the launch.

Nicola and Dalia outside the Havelock office‘We initially worked with patients from Waterside Medical Centre to map all the different ways people can get physically active in their local area. It soon became clear that although there’s several activities available in the area, people weren’t always aware of where or how to access them.

We decided to create a healthy living map of the area, to log all the local walks and link them into a digital database, created for us by tech-for-good company Elemental, to help GPs and community workers prescribe healthy walks to their patients. The Havelock Healthy Walk was one of these walks. Since then over 30 Catalyst customers have been supported to access local activities, including walking groups, yoga classes, dance, women’s exercise classes, gardening, and kayaking.

We recently secured funding from the Mayor of London’s Active Londoners Fund to develop the project and help more people living in Southall to access these opportunities. Over the next 12 months, we’ll be working with five GP surgeries in the area and supporting local people to take greater control over improving their health.

Thanks to the funding we’ve now appointed a Community Link Worker, Dalia, for the project. Dalia will be working with the GP surgeries and other health care professionals to help identify people who may benefit from the support offered by this social prescribing project. She’ll also be offering support helping customers access work, training and volunteering opportunities as well as money advice and help getting online.

This is an exciting time for the project. Now that we’ve got Dalia on the team we can really start to develop the service we’re offering our customers and encourage everyone to get a bit more active.’

If you live in Southall and would like to find out more about the project, whether it’s to refer yourself to the social prescription scheme or just receive more information about how it works, please call 0300 456 2099 or contact Nicola Wheeler directly – nicola.wheeler@chg.org.uk