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Thornhill Health & Wellbeing Project, Southampton
Gwyneth Baker is a Community Health Development Officer for Thornhill Health & Wellbeing Project (THAWP) and Pauline Vaughan is a volunteer on the project. THAWP is based on an estate in Southampton and is run by a partnership of New Deal for Communities, Southampton City Council, Southampton PCT and the residents of Thornhill. Gwyneth discussed how THAWP was established and the training programme offered for volunteers which has been accredited by the National Open College Network. The course has been developed to reflect participants’ interests and helps volunteers develop skills and knowledge for promoting health and wellbeing in their community. Gwyneth also spoke about the challenges in involving lay people in activities and how these problems impact upon sustainability and practice. Pauline spoke about the project from the perspective of a volunteer. She highlighted the range of activities that THAWP offers, including smoking cessation, Tai Chi and other exercise classes, and activities geared toward diet and nutrition. Pauline also talked about the positive outcomes that she has personally gained from being involved in the project.

 

 


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