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The Stay Well Stay Safe: Healthy Futures Project is a health and wellbeing project for disabled people living in Barking and Dagenham. Our project has three objectives: increase physical activity, empower participants with knowledge about healthy lifestyles, and teach participants to cook healthy meals. The Stay Well Stay Safe Healthy Futures project team consists of three Independent Living Agency staff members: Project Manager, Volunteering and Development Groups Officer, and Cookery Tutor.
The project’s objectives will be delivered through a number of different activities. Participants will be encouraged to get active through a Multisport Programme, a Park Fit Programme, a Fitness Buddies programme, and informal activities arranged by peer mentors and participants. Under the Volunteer Development Officer leadership and in partnership with Barking and Dagenham E Learning and Barking & Dagenham College, participants will receive training in areas such as healthy eating, managing finances and digital skills, and have the opportunity to access further courses in sports, health, food hygiene, peer mentoring and coaching. The Cookery School, led by the Cookery Tutor, will teach participants how to prepare easy and healthy meals and how to source ingredients on a budget. After completing the cookery school, participants will have the opportunity to attend a monthly Supper Club and host Come Dine With Me-style dinners for their friends. Our project is for disabled people borough-wide of all ages. Non-disabled people can volunteer to become Fitness Buddies, Health and Sports mentors or Digital Buddies supporting disabled project beneficiaries, while disabled beneficiaries who complete training can become peer support group leaders or mentors to continue to arrange group sports and fitness activities.  The Project continues to grow and therefore more activities will be available - - just contact the office and we will advise you 

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