Sandwell Consortium are commissioned by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to offer a healthy lifestyle programme to individuals who live in the borough. Anyone aged over 16 has the opportunity to benefit from the FREE courses/activities which are designed meet the health needs of our diverse local communities.
Our mission is to encourage individuals to take control of their lives by adopting healthier lifestyle choices through participation in Physical Activity, Healthy Cooking/Eating and English Language courses – all of which take place at various local venues and are delivered by our community based delivery partners.
The Physical Activity Programme enables individuals to increase their current levels of exercise in a fun and safe environment. Activities are delivered over a course of 12 weeks with each session lasting for a minimum of 1 hour.
Activities vary from low intensity classes such as Extend to higher intensity classes like Bokwa and Football. It may be possible to arrange a specific activity if there is enough interest – just get in touch.
The Healthy Cooking/Eating courses are designed to inspire individuals to eat and cook healthier within the context of both their culture and the nutritional guidelines set by the Department of Health.
Individuals will have the opportunity to be hands-on and learn how to cook a variety of meals, snacks and desserts for themselves and their families; whilst gaining a better understanding of healthy eating and reading food labels. The courses are delivered over 12 hours – the number of weeks and duration of each session differs between the various providers.
The English Language courses support individuals who cannot communicate effectively because of their low level of understanding of the language – and they cover either the reading, writing or speaking and listening element.
Informal course are delivered over 15 hours; whereas the Formal courses are over 30 hours and learners receive a recognised qualification upon successful completion – the number of weeks and duration of each session differs between the various providers. The aim is to eliminate the barrier of communication and enable individuals to carry out everyday tasks such as going to visit their GP.
Health Awareness with New Migrants
We are working to support new migrants who have resided in the UK for less than 5 years to access mainstream services through awareness raising on various health issues, i.e. smoking.
Through the one-off events, individuals are given information of services available locally which may benefit them – various organisations set up their stalls on the day, giving out leaflets and talking to individuals about the service they provide.