A thriving community encompasses a mixture of online and face-to-face meetings, fun community events, wellbeing activities and joint projects that tackle health inequalities and improve health outcomes. Sharing, kindness, having fun and working together are key ingredients of a ‘thriving community’.
In the last year we have been learning from the success and momentum of the first Thriving Community, Thriving Stockwell. The Alliance have been supporting similar set ups of Thriving Communities’ through activities and initiatives in North Lambeth and in Tulse Hill, Herne Hill and Thurlow Park (Thriving HBD – Hills, Brooks & Dales). Through meetings with residents and community groups, monthly breakfast networking sessions and jointly planned community events we have supported individuals, grassroots organisations and health and care services to learn more about one another and understand better how they can work together in the future.
This community development has now expanded across Lambeth with five areas having a thriving community:
Thriving North Lambeth
Thriving HBD (Hills, Brooks & Dales)
Thriving Fiveways – Vassall & Coldharbour (in development)
We want to make sure that the current Thriving Communities have the support they need to make a significant impact in those neighbourhoods.
We are building a Thriving Communities website to make it much easier for people to connect around health and wellbeing in their local area. The website will have details of health and wellbeing activities and events happening in each thriving community as well as trusted health information, training courses and resources to help people self-manage their care.
We will continue to work with thriving communities to listen and empower local residents, groups and voluntary organisations and community groups to embed activities locally.
If you would like to know more please get in touch.