Free health activities for Winstanley and York Road estates

Published: Tuesday 29th July 14

More and more people from the Winstanley and York Road estates in Battersea are now taking part in a council-led healthy living project.

Luke Graham from Latchmere Leisure Centre, Ravi Govindia, director of public health Houda Al-Sharifi and Stuart Forrester from Battersea Sports Centre at the project launch.

There are more than a dozen free activities residents can sign up to including group cooking classes, health checks, toddler play sessions, weight loss programmes and music lessons.

The project is all about encouraging the community to get active and improve their health, as well as helping neighbours to get to know each other better.

By taking part residents can qualify for free gym or swimming pool memberships at nearby Latchmere Leisure Centre or Battersea Sports Centre.

Some local people are also being offered up to 12 weeks of either Weight Watchers or Slimming World classes.

Alongside the council’s health drive, the two neighbouring estates are the focus of a major regeneration project and employment support initiatives.

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said:

“This innovative project aims to recruit local people to champion healthy living in the community for years to come. The habits and activities they promote will help people live longer, happier lives and go on to reach their full potential.

“If you live on the estates then why not get in touch with our public health team and take advantage of these free and friendly classes?

“Alongside this health project the council is working with local people to redesign and vastly improve these estates. We are also focusing youth mentoring and employment support services here to make a lasting difference to this community.”

The picture shows (left to right) Luke Graham from Latchmere Leisure Centre, Ravi Govindia, director of public health Houda Al-Sharifi and Stuart Forrester from Battersea Sports Centre at the launch of the healthy living project for the Winstanley and York Road estates.

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