Case Study - Healthy Living Project

Healthy Living Project

Bulleted horizontal rule

Through partnership and co-ordination the Healthy Living Project aims to deliver needs-led services to the Temple Hill community. Local people, via the Temple Hill Community Forum, came up with the idea to develop a range of services that would help to improve residents’ well-being, both physically and mentally. Groundwork Kent & Medway responded by undertaking a mapping exercise that identified a need to help residents improve body and soul through a range of support, education and preventive measures. Five priority areas were highlighted and funding was secured to positively tackle them under the ‘Healthy Living Project’.

The five main areas that were identified as requiring specific attention were;

  • Those suffering, or at risk, from mental health problems
  • Those people in economic need
  • Disaffected young people
  • The isolated elderly
  • Under 5’s

In 2004 the former St Edmunds Church re-opened its doors to the whole community as St Edmund's Church Living Well. St Edmund's Church Living Well is one of over 250 Healthy Living Centres across England. The Living Well's work as a Healthy Living Centre is currently funded through the Primary Care Trust, Dartford Borough Council and Kent Social Services. It seeks to address a wide range of health issues through each aspect of the programmes offered within the building, including;

  • St Edmund's Church
  • Temple Hill Surgery
  • Sure Start Children's Centre
  • 1st Byte Computer Training Suite
  • Community Café
  • Cyber Café
  • Memorial Garden

Reverend Martin Henwood, Chairman of the Dartford, Swanley and Gravesham Primary Care Trust, said, “We are delighted to be a part of such an innovative and exciting project that responds to the needs of local people of all ages. It is a shining example of the rewards that working in partnership can bring.”

Susan Free, Dartford Borough Council's Director of Community Services said, "The Healthy Living Project is a fantastic model of organisations coming together to make a difference. Local people will be able to get real benefit from this project and I am glad that Dartford Borough Council can play such a big part in it."

Bulleted horizontal rule

Front entrance to St Edmunds Living Well

Temple Hill Healthy Living Centre

Healthy Living Project is launched

Temple Hill Healthy Living Centre


Groundwork Kent & Medway
48 Canterbury Street
Kent ME7 5UN

T 01634 855166
F 01634 855177
E [email protected]