Globe Community Project

Globe Community Project

At a glance

Causes

  • Health and well being / research and care

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

  • To provide access to a wide range of wellbeing, educational, social and creative activities for local people, especially for residents who are considered disadvantaged or marginalised. 

  • To develop and offer innovative community projects which meet the needs of local residents.

  • To provide courses and activities that will support participants to discover tools and skills to improve their health, wellbeing and social connectedness in the long term (i.e. after participation in projects).

  • To promote cross-cultural collaboration and community cohesion in all our projects, encouraging the interaction of people from the various strands within the community.

  • To encourage the growth of imagination, self-expression and clear communication, and health and well-being of local disadvantaged residents.

  • To provide help to individuals and families to enable them to overcome difficulties that may hinder their participation in what we offer.

Activities

We promote cross-cultural collaboration, encourage local residents to develop their skills and wellbeing, and emphasise the arts and culture to benefit residents and their wider community. The heart of all of our projects is responding to local needs while helping people build connections with themselves and each other. 

Take Back Your Life is a simplified version of the multi-award-winning Breathworks ‘Mindfulness for Health’ 8-week course, developed by Vidyamala / Pru Birch. It is suitable and inclusive of people with lower incomes and different levels of English language and literacy skills. It is offered free of charge and gives participants tools, knowledge and skills to live well with chronic pain and/or health conditions. Following the success of two pilot courses, Take Back Your Life was awarded funding by Tower Hamlets Council’s Local Community Fund, running from October 2019 until March 2023. We also received funding from Queen Adelaide’s Charity towards additional complementary health scholarships, which will be awarded next year.

We work with Tower Hamlets residents suffering from chronic pain and illness, which has included people struggling to cope with the general effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as those with long Covid. We have reached a diverse cross-section of the community, including Bangladeshi, Caribbean, Chinese, Tamil, Turkish, Somali, White British, continental European and Pakistani communities. 

Tower Hamlets has by far the highest proportion of older people in receipt of adult social care in England, and two thirds have a long-term limiting health problem or a disability. Tower Hamlets’ older residents are also amongst the loneliest in England, based on 2016 data from Public Health England estimating subjective loneliness for older people at local authority level. Poor health, deprivation, widowhood and living alone are all factors which are considered to contribute towards this high level of loneliness.

Our six week Wellbeing for Over 60s courses provide participants with wellbeing tools to adjust to aging and low mood in a positive way, the chance to develop interest and ability to make links with other older people, and to take part more fully in the community and access the support they need. We keep groups small in order to give each person the kind of tailored in-depth support which has real transformative potential.

The project runs from April 2020 to May 2023, reaching 20 older people a year. It is funded by the Charity of Sir Richard Whittington, and in addition to their existing funding, they generously provided an extra grant in November 2020 to provide immediate support during the 2nd and 3rd UK lockdowns. We provided a creative programme of one-to-one phone calls, mindful walks and nature connection, post packs and gifts to maintain support and connection through lockdown.

The Touching Safe Ground is a yoga, English language and community-building project for women who are migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. 

The project offers inner enrichment and healing alongside the development of practical language skills, through weekly yoga and English language classes.  Each session combines trauma-informed yoga with English language teaching, followed by an informal, participatory and creative English language consolidation session, supported by local volunteers.

Developed in partnership with Sally Ramsden of Natural Connection and Praxis Community Projects, a specialist migrant charity, the project was conceived following an event hosted by GCP with the local Buddhist community to generate new interest and ideas for projects. It was funded by Emergence Foundation. We also received funding for a three month Covid Outreach project, using the Language of Wellbeing methodology, from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Small Grants Fund administered via the East End Community Foundation. 

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