A series of wellbeing initiatives has recently concluded at Barking Riverside, embedding holistic health into the wider offer available for both residents and staff.
BRL is committed to building a place that promotes the health and wellbeing of its residents, as well as for staff working on the site.
From June to October, BRL and Barking and Dagenham Council partnered to fund and promote a series of free Drop-in Doctor Clinics. Other partners included Aurora Medicare, who provide GP facilities in Thames View, and Thames Life, who worked with clinicians to organise the Drop-ins, whilst enabling other third sector partners to participate.
Monthly Drop-in Clinics were hosted at different venues across the Barking Riverside and Thames View. The first Drop-in Clinic took place on 9th June, with local doctors generously volunteering their time. Support from third sector partners meant residents could access health checks, diabetes checks, blood pressure checks, hand and shoulder massages, talking therapy, social wellbeing advice, cost of living advice, and council advice whilst they waited to be seen. The Drop-ins have helped over 1000 residents across the last 6 months, attesting to their popularity and the social impact that has been achieved.
As well as focussing on residents, Barking Riverside is unique in that it extends a health and wellbeing provision to all workers and contractors owing to a partnership with PHS (Park Health & Safety).
PHS offer health MOTs to all workers onsite and run monthly initiatives to support colleagues with issues such as addiction, financial health, and mental health awareness. PHS’ engagement programme is varied and active, with past examples of monthly campaigns including litter-picking by the foreshore, outdoor photography competitions and chair yoga.
Finally, BRL included a fitness offer as part of the Summer Sessions along the riverfront, promoting the benefits of blue and green spaces to the community. Led by local trainers, classes were open to residents of all abilities and included cardio, strength and yoga.
Resident Melissa commented: “I have really enjoyed the Summer Sessions this year. I especially enjoyed the HITT classes with Nate every Saturday, and Yoga with Katy on a Sunday. These classes have really rounded off my week in the best way and have made me feel great. It really is the most beautiful view whilst working out and I will miss it as the colder months close in.”
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