Healthy, fulfilled and independent lives

Whatever stage of life you are at we want you to get the most out of it by staying fit, active and independent. 

We provide a range of support and help for people of all ages, from physical activity programmes and support to stop smoking through to more specialist help for people experiencing difficulties to get them back on their feet.

We do everything possible to care for people in their own community rather than placing people in institutions. We do this by focusing on what people can do rather what they can’t do. One of the ways we do this is by making adaptions in the home and using technology.

What we are doing

Supporting our most vulnerable

An extra £1 million was spent this year on supporting elderly, disabled and vulnerable residents by earmarking a 2% increase in council tax just for social care. Nearly 7,000 people in Wandsworth receive a care package which entitles them to extra support. This can range from a carer going into a home through to a residential care placement.

In total £75 million was spent on crucial care services in 2018.

Wandsworth recently held a ‘Brighter Living’ event to help people find out what support is on offer across the borough.

Helping people stay independent

The Keep Independent Through Enablement (KITE) scheme gives support to people who have been discharged from hospital or whose health has deteriorated to help them get back on their feet.

The scheme works closely with the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability and users are able to visit the Randall Close Day Centre to use the gym, socialise and take part in a range of programmes including exercise, cooking and IT.

The quality of the service was recently praised by the Quality Care Commission which said that staff treated users with dignity, care and respect. Ofsted said that assessments were thorough and the subsequent care plans had clear goals to help people achieve.

Helping people lead healthier lifestyles

We help lead healthier lifestyles by providing information and support, particularly around areas like reducing obesity, smoking and harmful drinking. We work with our communities to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, mental ill health and chronic pulmonary illness.

View the full list of services.

What we are doing next

  • Continuing to support the most vulnerable with a year-on-year increase of £1 million into adult social care
  • Appointing an Older People’s Champion to combat loneliness
  • Providing a state-of-the art new health centre for Queenstown ward