H&F Winter Wellbeing

Christmas is usually a time for coming together and sharing good food, gifts and company. This year will be different for everyone and particularly difficult for many older people who live on their own.

Of our 19,000 residents aged over 60, more than 8,000 live alone, half have a long-term health problem or disability and a quarter live in poverty.

United in H&F, link to website
So we’ve worked with local charity UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham to raise funds from our generous residents to deliver a Big H&F Community Christmas Lunch and gift bag to hundreds of over-60s who are on their own on 25 December.
 

This is part of our Winter Wellbeing initiative, with extra funding and food support to help families make ends meet, free meal vouchers for poorer children during the holidays and health and wellbeing activities for all.

If you need urgent support with food, loneliness or isolation, or if you’re worried about a friend, neighbour or relative, please contact H&F CAN.
 

Call Freephone 0800 145 6095, 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week or email: can@lbhf.gov.uk

The CAN helpline will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Health and wellbeing activities

We'll be adding to this list regularly so keep checking!


Art


Watercolour Techniques (over 50s)

Starts 18 January 10am-11am

Join Open Age for free by emailing vmitchell@openage.org.uk. Activity programmes are emailed to members and posted on the website. Our members can book the activities one week in advance by clicking on the relevant booking link in the emails or email – bookings@openage.org.uk


Budgeting


Money Course

A free budgeting workshop run online in small groups, designed for anyone who would like to learn how to manage their money better.


Christmas carols


Rah Rah Theatre Company, The Jingle Bell Singers

Our fabulous trio of carol singers, singing a collection of ‘feel-good’ Christmas songs online live and interactive! The Coronavirus will not stop us from spreading joy and happiness this Christmas!


Cooking  


YouTube chefs

Vegan food Rachel Ama - YouTube 
Delicious vegan recipes - the ultimate vegan comfort food! 
 

Indian food and more with ex-Bake-off Star Chetna Pandaya Food with Chetna - YouTube
Loads of easy recipes for quick dinners, healthy food, cheap to make recipes and desserts. Simple recipes for families to make together. 

One pound mealsMiguel Barclay: one pound meals - YouTube
Recipes costing £1 from Instagram chef Miguel Barclay (@miguelbarclay)

UKHarvest

A weekly foodie newsletter called the NourishEd Community which focuses on a variety healthy, seasonal recipes and food waste tips.


Community


The Fulham Boys School

Social Enterprise Package Christmas 2020

Fulham Boys School are supporting their local neighbours this Christmas through the FBS Social Enterprise Package which includes bingo, handwritten Christmas cards & letters, carol singing, activity packs for children and more. 

If you or someone you know would benefit from this service please contact Fulham Boys School on the email below.


Conversation


Impact - Create & Communicate sessions

Are you a refugee or non-EU migrant living in Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea or Hammersmith & Fulham? Join our weekly group online Create & Communicate sessions to learn new skills, share your experiences and meet new people.


Dance


DanceWest classes

DanceWest is west London's community Dance organisation. Based at the Lyric Hammersmith we offer a large and rich programme of free classes, health and wellbeing programmes for H&F residents.

Please see our website for range of upcoming classes and performances for you to participate in and enjoy. 


Digital skills


Open Age - How to Use Zoom (for over 50s)

We offer small, supportive, tutor-led group sessions specific to your device. Why should you learn how to use zoom? It will enable you to: Access our range of over 100 weekly online activities Catch up with old friends Make new friends Take on a challenge.

Join Open Age for free by emailing vmitchell@openage.org.uk. Activity programmes are emailed to members and posted on the website. Our members can book the activities one week in advance by clicking on the relevant booking link in the emails or email – bookings@openage.org.uk

Open Age - Excel for Beginners

Join Open Age for free by emailing vmitchell@openage.org.uk. Activity programmes are emailed to members and posted on the website. Our members can book the activities one week in advance by clicking on the relevant booking link in the emails or email – bookings@openage.org.uk


Dog walking


    Borrow my Doggy

    Connecting local dog owners and borrowers. As a dog owner, find a trusted local dog lover to take care of your dog when you can't. They'll treat your dog like family. As a dog borrower, fill the dog void in your life by spending time with one and helping out Owners at the same time. It's a win-win!

    Fitness


    FeelGood Seniors' Workout Sessions

    Personal trainer Lavina Mehta was awarded an MBE for devoting her lockdown to providing free daily virtual workouts aimed in particular at older members of Asian communities to keep people healthy and mentally positive from home. Her 72-year old mother in law helps demonstrate the exercises and translates into Gujurati.


    Language


    Impact - Conversational English with Art

    Are you a refugee or migrant living in Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea or Hammersmith & Fulham? Come and practise your English online! Learn to be creative with a visiting artist!

    Impact - One-to-one language

    Are you a refugee or migrant living in Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea or Hammersmith & Fulham? Join these informal conversations with a language instructor. 

    Open Age - Italian for beginners (over 50s)

    Join Open Age for free by emailing vmitchell@openage.org.uk. Activity programmes are emailed to members and posted on the website. Our members can book the activities one week in advance by clicking on the relevant booking link in the emails or email – bookings@openage.org.uk


    Literature


    Open Age - Literature & Poetry Appreciation for over 50s

    Join Open Age for free by emailing vmitchell@openage.org.uk. Activity programmes are emailed to members and posted on the website. Our members can book the activities one week in advance by clicking on the relevant booking link in the emails or email – bookings@openage.org.uk


    Mental health


    Good Thinking London  

    NHS-approved hub offering a range of digital tools to enhance your mental health online, including toolkits and guided meditations, and help for people to find talking therapy


    Singing


    Singing group with Anthony McGrath

    • When: Ongoing, Tuesdays from 2pm to 4pm
    • Where: Online, Microsoft Teams Join Microsoft Teams Singing Group Meeting and enter conference ID: 248 296 031#
      Alternatively, the singing group can be joined by dialling one of the following numbers and entering the conference ID
      +44 20 3443 9152 United Kingdom, London (Toll) or 0800 031 5925 United Kingdom (Toll-free)
    • Contact: Please contact Carrie Foulkes carrie@irishculturalcentre.co.uk if you have any questions.

    Those who wish to can download a free version of Microsoft Teams or you can select to join in your browser.


    Sport


    Switch Sports UK

    Free sessions for a unique hybrid cross-over sport called Switch which is a combination of 5 Olympic sports: Football, Basketball, volleyball, netball and handball.

    The sessions are free to young people (aged 10+) and adults

    • When: Ongoing, Mondays 5.30pm to 7pm and Saturdays, 2pm to 4pm
    • Where: Pro Direct, 41 South Africa Road, London W12 7RW
    • Booking: Send a message via WHATSAPP GROUPS or by text on 07929 376 764.
      Participants must book at least the day before the session and will be sent a confirmation text if they can attend. Places are limited due to Covid.
    • Contact: 07929 376 764
    • Website: www.switchsports.co.uk

    Walking


    Twixmas Guided Walk

    Hammersmith Community Gardens Association

    Join us for a socially-distanced guided river-side walk.  

    Please note that walks will be approximately 3 miles and will require an average level of fitness. Group sizes will be compliant with the government's latest requirements for walk and tour leaders. Covid-19 risk assessments have been completed before the walk.


    Quizzes


    Beat the Blues January Pub Quiz

    Hammersmith Community Gardens Association

    We all need a little cheer in the new year, so we are running our first online HCGA pub quiz!