07 August 2017

The Trust held its annual Wellbeing Games at the end of July at The Copperbox in the QE Olympic Park. The event saw a monster turnout of over 300 service users and staff, keen to get involved in a range of activities.

The Wellbeing Games is an opportunity for attendees to try their hand at new sports and games. The event aims to show how exercise can be fun and be a great source of social contact. And at the same time, enable people to become physically fit and improve their mental health wellbeing.

No Excuse to Stand Still
This year, activities on offer included boxfit, parkour, Zumba, football and cycling. Those who were less mobile had the opportunity to participate in slower paced activities such as sitting volleyball (much harder than it sounds!), boccia, community golf and yoga.

The football tournament garnered a high level of participation as always and Hackney Hawks from Homerton seemed to take the lead. However, with coaching from volunteers the West Ham United foundation, Tower Hamlets Tigers FC won the championship at the end of the day.

Food for Thought
A series of stands and pop-ups welcomed everyone at registration. These centred on healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. First up was ‘Change4life’ an early years’ initiative to educate school children on the right food choices for a healthy start in life. This was closely followed by ‘Made in Hackney’ who offer free sustainable cooking classes throughout Hackney and its surrounding areas. Active Newham and the Headstart initiative had a strong presence at the event too; their stands provided information on workshops and awards that focused on key skills such as self confidence among youth affected by mental health.

Positive Feedback

‘We hope to raise awareness about mental and physical wellbeing in an informal, introductory way with no pressure’. – Katie Gentry, Motivates East

‘The people organising have been informative and enthusiastic. All in all, it’s been a good day with a positive vibe- and lunch was good.’ – Richard, Service User

‘I brought a group of service users along to engage in the activities and have fun. I’m having a great time liaising with service users and colleagues. It’s a nice, warm and friendly environment.’ – Jerome, Life Skills Recovery Worker – Homerton Hospital

Well done to the organisers for bringing together such a fun event. See you all next year!