Health and Wellbeing Strategy

A key platform for how BPT delivers social impact is its Healthcare strategy. Two of the dedicated social outcomes are healthcare related (Health & Fitness and Mental Health) however BPT believes that healthcare is relevant across all the targeted social outcome strands.

BPT recognises that it cannot address every healthcare issue currently evident in the local community. As such for 2017/8 BPT has decided to focus on three key strands of healthcare as follows:

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health problems affect around one in four people in the UK. Among people under 65, nearly half of all ill health is mental illness and more than a third of GP consultations are related to mental health. The total economic and social cost of mental illness is over £105bn a year.

Approximately 20% of Lambeth residents identified through the Physical Activity and Sport Borough profile have a high anxiety rate and 11% feel they have a low happiness rate. From these finding, BPT believes that there is much work to be done and we are committed to expanding our physical and mental health offer to further support the community and address mental health issues.

Currently at The Black Prince Trust we support the local communities psychological and emotional well-being by working in partnership with the Living Well Network and Fight 4 Change on the delivery of boxing and gym based fitness programme “Brainbox”.

Healthy Community

A healthy community is a good place to grow up and grow old in. It is one which supports healthy behaviours and supports reductions in health inequalities. It should enhance the physical and mental health of the community and, where appropriate, encourage:

  1. Active healthy lifestyles with good access to local services and facilities
  2. A safe place to be active and be accessible by walking, cycling and public transport
  3. The creation of healthy living environments which support social interaction
  4. Combine physical activity, healthy lifestyle choices and mental well-being
  5. Meeting the needs of children and young people to grow and develop, as well as being adaptable to the needs of an increasingly elderly population

BPT is committed to working towards a healthy community for the not only the Princes Ward but also the wider Lambeth Borough by providing intergenerational sport and fitness activities, educational training and personal development for all. The Healthy Community strand embodies all BPTs social outcomes and allows us to lead the community towards a happier and healthier life.

BPT intends to design and deliver programmes around the healthy community ethos which will encompass existing facilities and partner’s programmes at the BPT Hub but have specific outcomes based on the above aims and objectives.

Childhood and Teenage Obesity

Healthy child development is fundamental for good health and happy life; a child’s early years lay down the foundation on which the rest of their lives are built. In London 1 in 4 of reception age (4-5 years) and 4 in 10 of Year 6 (age 10-11) children are either overweight or obese. This phenomenon is then evident as children become adults and the percentages become even more alarming.

Lambeth percentages of overweight and obese children:



Child, parent and school education alongside regular physical activity will not only deal with childhood and teenage obesity issues but help prevent this problem in the future. At BPT we offer free physical activities to all members of the Princes ward and the wider Lambeth community and are now seeking to build on this by introducing structured educational sessions to run alongside the physical activities. A combination of factors is the proven answer to weight issues and BPT intends to design programmes to cover all issues.

To enhance our already existing commitment to Child and Teenage Obesity BPT will work towards multi component intervention programme with parents and their children covering education, behavioural changes and additional family based activity. BPT is also seeking to offer capacity building to local schools to help them address these issues within the school curriculum.

We would value your input into how best to work towards making our community a more active and healthier please contact Jason Henley, Community Manager on 07415778120 or email to discuss in more detail.

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