Exercise and Health

Borrow My Doggy

A website that connects dog owners with trusted local people who love to look after dogs. From walks, playtime, and overnight stays on holidays, anyone can sign up to BorrowMyDoggy.

BorrowMyDoggy borrowers often join as they unable to have one of their own, due to lack of time or space. However, they would be so happy take care of a local pooch because they miss the fun, affection and comfort that man’s best friends provides. £12.99/ year to join as a dog borrower – find local dog owners who need help walking their dogs! Dog walking is proven to improve mental health, fitness and your social life.

W: https://www.borrowmydoggy.com/home

Central Londoners Outdoor Group

CLOG is a friendly outdoor activity group for people living in and around London. 

They are happy to welcome anyone who enjoys walking, cycling, hillwalking, exploring our countryside and other outdoor activities. The club is run by its members for its members. All members are welcome to organise events. They also have an active monthly social programme including barn dancing and visits to pubs, restaurants, exhibitions, plays and films.

People of any age are welcome to join but the majority of current members are in their late 30s to 50s.

There are typically around four to eight events every week. People are welcome to attend three events to try out the group; after that they are asked to join. The membership fee for one year is £15 for new members.

W: https://www.clog.org.uk

E: membership_secretary@clog.org.uk

CNWL Recovery and Wellbeing College

Provides a range of educational courses, workshops and resources for people with mental health difficulties and their carers. Courses are delivered across the five London boroughs covered by CNWL.

Offer a number of session related to health and wellbeing including:

  • Healthy eating
  • Exercising for health
  • Going smoke free
  • Well being with diabetes
  • Managing stress

Propsectus and workshop timetable available online: https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/recovery-college/courses-and-workshops/

T: 020 3214 5686

E: recovery college.cnwl@nhs.net

CNWL Stop Smoking Support Service Leaflet

W: https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/SERVNURSSC_0723_A5_8PP_Stop-Smoking-Service.pdf

Dalgarno Trust

A community centre serving North Kensington. Several programmes including fitness classes and nutritional advice.

W: http://www.dalgarnotrust.org.uk/whats-on/

A: 1 Webb Close, Dalgarno Way, W10 5QB

T: 020 8969 6300

E: reception@dalgarnotrust.org.uk

Enhance

Free enhanced (60 minute) health check designed to spot the early signs of stroke, kidney disease, diabetes and dementia. Also provides health screening to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Tailored advice and onward support is offered if any issues are identified.

Book online or by telephone.

W: https://enhancehealthchecks.org.uk

A: Numerous sites across K&C

T: 020 3434 2500

Get Active London

Online search engine to find local sport and activities.

W: https://www.getactivelondon.com

HASfit

A fitness service that provides free, on-line workout routines for people of all abilities to perform in their own home. Includes programs for people entirely new to exercise, with limited mobility, or who experience pain.

Also provides healthy recipes and meal plan. Videos are delivered in a gently encouraging matter via their website or a free, downloadable app. Highly recommended for all.

W: https://hasfit.com

Healthwise: GP Physical Activity Referral Scheme

Healthwise is a 12 week programme available to K&C residents affected by a range of health conditions – including mental illness. Based at the Chelsea Sport and Kensington Leisure Centres it is designed to encourage people of all abilities to become and remain more physically active and improve health and wellbeing.

Referral is by GP or Practice Nurses. Patients will then be able to access specially trained and experienced staff who provide one-to-one exercise support. Gym membership is heavily discounted.

See website for more details: https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/london/kensington-and-chelsea/chelsea-sports-centre/healthwise-chelsea-sports-centre

Healthy Hearts

Free local community based health improvement sessions including weight management, healthy cookery classes and physical activity sessions. Patients need to be eligible to be referred i.e. deemed high risk of developing cardiovascular disease (e.g diabetic, HIV positive, erectile dysfunction, BMI > 30, TIAs, PVD, cardiovascular risk score of >10%). Self referral is accepted.

W: https://healthyhearts.org.uk

T: 020 3434 2500

E: hello@healthyhearts.org.uk

K&C Active for Life

Programme of low cost and free sports, health and fitness classes and activities for adults run by Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council. Activities include health walks, football, badminton, dance classes and aerobics among others. Prices vary but average fee is £2.10 per session

2019 Brochure: https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Active%20for%20Life%20Brochure%202019.pdf

Tel: 020 7938 8182

Email: sportandleisure@rbkc.gov.uk

K&C Nutrition and Dietetics Team

For K&C patients with a BMI <18.5 (i.e. underweight and without an eating disorder). Home visits possible.

W: https://www.clch.nhs.uk/services/nutrition-and-dietetics

T: 020 8102 5555

E: cbo@nhs.net (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm)

K&C Specialist Weight Management Service

Supports people with severe obesity (BMI >35kg/m² with co-morbidities, or >40kg/m² without) to lose weight and improve their health. The team consists of Dieticians, a Physiotherapist, a Clinical Psychologist and a Physician, all with specialist skills in managing obesity. Can do home visits.

Patients referred to the service are supported by the team for up to two years to make sure that the education and skills to support weight maintenance are provided. Health professionals can refer via online form.

W: https://www.clch.nhs.uk/services/specialist-weight-management

T: 020 8102 5095

E: cbo@nhs.net

K&C Walking Alliance

A locally run partnership that gives people the chance to improve their health by getting involved in free local walks.

W: https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/london/kensington-chelsea-walking-alliance-london

Kick It

Kensington and Chelsea’s smoking cessation service. Offers:

  • Free expert support
  • 6 one to one sessions in person or over the phone
  • Based in GP, pharmacy and community locations
  • Up to 12 weeks worth of free nicotine replacement

W: http://www.kick-it.org.uk/

T: 0203 434 2500 or text KICK IT to 07800000264

E: info@kick-it.org.uk

Men’s Health Forum

Website providing health information and advice to men of all ages with a view to reducing premature death rates, especially in disadvantaged populations.

W: https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Minds United Football Club

A K&C community football club supporting adults with mental health and/ or substance misuse issues to connect to their community, socialise and improve their wellbeing. All genders and abilities (including newcomers) are warmly welcomed to join in. On every Saturday between 12-2pm in W10. Turn up and play!

W: Minds United FC Facebook page

A: Meet at 32 Southern Row, London W10 5AN

T: Contact Coach TK on 07400100207

E: mindsunitedfc@gmail.com

Printable Poster/ Leaflet

My Health London

A website providing information about health, care and wellbeing and a directory of NHS services in London (e.g. GPs, dentists, sexual health clinics, opticians)

W: https://www.myhealth.london.nhs.uk

Online Fitness Videos (NHS)

Videos include aerobic exercise, strength and resistance, yoga and pilates. Also available are fitness plans e.g Couch to 5K.

W: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/

Response Community Project

A community centre providing a range of services and activities to people in and around Earls Court. They provide low cost Health-Well-Being Classes, including Chair Yoga and Tai Chi.

W: www.responseprojects.org.uk

A: 300 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 9JF

T: 020 7370 4606

E: info@responseprojects.org.uk

SASH

Not for profit organisation that promotes good sexual health and wellbeing and works in close partnership with community reproductive health, contraception STI screening and HIV treatment services to ensure accessible and responsive services for all. Based in Earl’s Court Health Centre. They work with:

  • Those wanting to change behaviours affecting their sexual health
  • Those living with HIV – including newly diagnosed
  • LGBT and BAME communities
  • Sex workers
  • Those affected by domestic abuse
  • Young people (15 and over)

They offer:

  • Counselling and coaching
  • Person centred assessment of sexual health and wider health needs
  • Advice, advocacy, sexual health and wellbeing information
  • Complementary therapies
  • Access to dedicated support groups

Self and professional referrals accepted via their website http://wellbeing.turning-point.co.uk/sexualhealth/referrals/, or by telephone or email:

T: 020 7851 2955

E: info@SASHLondon.org

Smokefree

Created for those who want to stop smoking, the NHS Smokefree app is a free 4 week programme that puts practical support, encouragement and tailored advice in the palm of the user’s hand. It features:

• Daily support messages to help motivation
• Badges to reward progress
• A savings calculator
• Tips to help craving and the quitting journey

Stop Smoking London

Website that focuses on the benefits of quitting smoking, including improved health, more money, increased energy and better appearance. Includes features to support London smokers as they quit.

On calling 0300 123 1044 specialist advisers can help with access to local stop smoking information and support.  Callers may also be invited to take part in a 28 day SMS text message Stop Smoking London support package.  

W: https://stopsmokinglondon.com

The Second Half Centre

Hold over 60 hours of activities and classes each week for those age 50 years and over. Includes Nutritional classes, as well as Zumba, Pilates, Yoga and Stretch and Tone.

W: www.thesecondhalfcentre.com

A: St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing , Exmoor St, London, W10 6DZ

T: 0208 962 5500

E: mail@openage.org.uk

Venture Community Association

The Venture Centre is a community resource and development centre situated in W10, serving the North Kensington area.

It runs a full programme of activities, courses and public events, which reflect the needs of the surrounding community and include: Dance, Zumba, Pilates and Yoga for wide range of ages (including 50+); Weight watchers, a sewing club, computer support, acupuncture, advocacy sessions, adventure playground and children’s activities, social events and church groups.

W: http://www.venturecentre.org.uk

T: 020 8960 3234

A: 103a Wornington Road, London W10 5YB

E: info@venturecentre.org.uk