CSH bags funding for our Living Well in Blackbird Leys project

Tuesday, 17 April, 2018

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is delighted to announce it has bagged £4,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme for a community and nature project in Blackbird Leys in Oxford. We would like to thank everyone across Oxford who voted in Tesco's stores for our Living Well in Blackbird Leys project and we are now beginning to  bring the project to life.

CSH will work with local partners including Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Oxford United Football Club, and local schools and GP surgeries to map and promote the area's green spaces, including a designated health route which links the outdoor spaces with key healthcare facilities, care homes and schools so that residents can increase their levels of activity.

By the end of 2018, CSH will have produced a high quality leaflet locating the green spaces, showing the route and key community assets, and giving an overview of
the health benefits of exercise in nature as well as an online version of the route to allow a wide range of people to benefit from the route.

We have already started to deliver three taster activities on the route to engage local residents with the nature on their doorsteps. Thanks to these activities community members in Blackbird Leys will be better able to improve their health by taking more regular physical activity. The other upside is that local green spaces will be enhanced by the new, mapped route, as more people make better use of them.

CSH would like to thank Tesco's Bags of Help community grant scheme which is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £48 million to over 13,000 local community projects.