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10 January, 2019
News Story


We’re delighted to announce the launch of Bonny Downs Active 4 Life project, run in partnership with Caritas Anchor House and NEWway!

When: Thursday 24th January 2019, 4pm – 5.30pm
Where: Caritas Anchor House, 81 Barking Road, London E16 4HB (MAP)

You are invited to join us to celebrate the launch! No sign up is necessary, just turn up. Further details to follow but please expect speeches, light snacks and table tennis.

The Active 4 Life project:

Funded by Sports England, the project has recently begun and is offering free access to physical activities, including walking football, yoga, football, circuit training, table tennis, mentoring and more! Its aim is to support people to get more physically active, and improve their health and wellbeing.

The services are now available for anyone in hostel accommodation, supported housing, winter night shelters, sleeping rough or sofa-surfing, and those accessing foodbanks in the London Borough of Newham.

A survey carried out in 2018 showed that 82% of people in those groups would like to be more physically active, but that key barriers included cost (including travel), lack of motivation and poor health. When asked what would encourage them to take part in more physical activity and the top three answers were free sessions (55%), activities in local community venues (29%) and a mentor to support or encourage me (29%).

Participants of the focus group identified “having purpose and structure to their daily life” as being a very important component of improving their health and wellbeing. They also identified a clear association between their levels of physical activity and their chances of obtaining housing and/or employment.

And so the Active 4 Life project was born! It aims to encourage a sense of purpose and community, with an outward focus on personal development and achievement.

The free activities are now taking place every week at Caritas Anchor House and Bobby Moore Pavilion. You can see the timetable of activities below – they are all free and do not require registration.

Activity Day Time Venue
Yoga Tuesday 10am-11am Bobby Moore Pavilion
Circuit Training Tuesday 6pm-7pm Caritas Anchor House
Walking Football Wednesday 10.30am-11.30am Bobby Moore Pavilion
Table Tennis Wednesday 5pm-6pm Caritas Anchor House
Football Thursday 11am-12noon Bobby Moore Pavilion

Bobby Moore Sports Pavilion, 118 Napier Road, East Ham, London E6 2SG – click here for map

Caritas Anchor House, 81 Barking Road, Canning Town, London E16 4HB – click here for map

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