The Stay Well Stay Safe: Healthy Futures Project is a National Lottery-funded health and wellbeing project for disabled people with a budget of £409,514 over three years. 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 Ihesinachi Oyouwa Oko-Jaja, Volunteering and Group Development Officer Rosheen Davis, and Cookery Tutor Lois Lawrence.
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 Rosheen’s leadership and in partnership with Barking and 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 Lois, 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.