Communities First Community Well-Being Service

The COVID-19 crisis has been devastating for many, but it has also seen us at our best with communities pulling together to help those most affected. While lockdown has meant strict social distancing, many local groups and charities have found interesting and novel ways to combat loneliness, provide essential support to those most in need, and to keep the community united.

Thanks to funding from the Community Fund, five other organisations have joined with us to launch a new Community Well Being Service. Its aim is to help different groups to come together, share resources, become more resilient through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

Academy Conditioning will provide participants with a framework to build and sustain a healthy lifestyle - the ultimate protection against poor health

21,000 young people in Croydon alone are suffering with mental health issues but with support from Orange Ball, they will receive In depth support and a framework to tackle this growing issue for our communities.

The COVID-19 crisis has devastated work opportunities for young people particularly in the retail and leisure sectors. However, football is receiving record investment and there are several career opportunities off the pitch for young people in football and Jobs 4 Football will take participants along the first steps of discovering and following these opportunities.

Particularly at times of crisis but in life generally, managing your finances can literally be the difference between survival and progress. The support Magic Finance will offer over a 6-week programme will literally transform participants understanding of the support and resources available to them to help them make better and added value financial decisions.

The Paul Canoville Foundation will offer easy to use strategies to deal with life impacting issues such as racism and bullying.

Communities First Head of Community Engagement adds:

We are proud to be able to offer this a holistic social prescribing approach, working alongside people to address the wider issues that are negatively impacting on their wellbeing. Together we can support each other through these difficult times and beyond.