Find out about health and wellbeing

Information and resources on how to look after your health and wellbeing, and what support is available for certain health conditions.

1. Diet and exercise

A healthy, nutritious diet and staying active can help you look and feel your best.

It’s never too late to start making healthier choices. Help and advice is available to Westminster residents including:

  • health trainers who can provide free tailored one-to-one support
  • sports and leisure activities and classes
  • People First  provides a wide range of information for residents on balanced diet, weight loss, nutrition, affordable eating, exercise, fitness and sport.

 

2. Learning disabilities

A learning disability affects the way a person understands and communicates. It means they have difficulty learning new skills. It also affects how they are treated by other people.

To learn more about different types of learning disabilities visit People First.

To find out what support is available for adults with learning disabilities, their carers and families in Westminster, contact the Westminster Learning Disability Partnership.

Westminster Learning Disability Partnership

Write to Mezzanine Floor, 215 Lisson Grove London, NW8 8LW
Call 0207 641 7411
Email wldp@westminster.gov.uk

Regular events and activities

If you live in Westminster, have a disability or long term health condition, and are aged between 18-55 then you can join the Westminster Connect weekly peer support group where you can meet people in a similar situation to you.

For regular sports activities for disabled people visit our sports and leisure page.

 

3. Dementia and memory loss

Dementia is not a disease or illness in itself. It is a term used to describe a broad range of signs and symptoms which involve a decline in a person’s mental ability.

Dementia is a progressive and degenerative condition[AK1] , which means the symptoms will get worse over time. People with dementia may find day to day life more difficult and develop problems with:

  • remembering things in the short term (short term memory loss)
  • understanding
  • making rational judgements
  • communicating

A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.

Join us at an event below or find out more about our services for people with dementia and their families through our Memory Café and Dementia and Memory Resource Centre.

All of the following events and weekly sessions are designed for people with some memory loss or in the early stages of dementia, and their carers.

Events

Dance for Dementia 

Every Monday, 10.15am to 12.15pm at Rambert, 99 Upper Ground, SE1 9PP.

Free dance session, followed by refreshments. Wear loose clothing. For more information, contact Katie on 020 8630 0615 or katie.mason@rambert.org.uk.

Singing for the Brain

Tuesday 6, 13 and 20 December, 3.30 to 5.30pm at 42 Westbourne Park Road, W2 5PH.

Free to attend, no need to book. For more information, call Mandy on 07540 502 3799. 20 December will be the last session!

Singing for the Mind  

Every Thursday, 2pm to 4pm, at 28 St John’s Wood Road, London NW8 7HA.

Regular singing event for people enrolled in the group. For more information and to apply please contact Mary Rossiter on 020 7286 5181 or sfm@ljs.org.

Music for the Moment concerts, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Music and Westminster Arts.

Thursday 15 December, Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, W1U 2BP. Programme to be confirmed.

Arrive at 2.30pm for tea and cake, 3pm to 4pm concert. No need to book, just turn up. For more information, call Kathryn at Westminster Arts on 020 7321 2702.

Sporting Reminiscence Session at Lord’s, free to attend but booking is essential, to book call Yvonne on 0207 616 8589.

Tuesday 6 December 1.30 to 3.30pm.

Lord’s Cricket Ground, Grace Entrance, St. John’s Wood Road, NW8 8QN

Westminster Memory Café South. Rambert dance taster session at Victoria Medical Centre, 29 Upper Tachbrook Street, SW1V 1SN.

Wednesday 7 December 2.30 to 4.30pm. 

No dance experience needed and no need to book, just turn up. For info call Mandy on 07540502 379.

Wallace Collection: festive themed tea and tour

Wednesday 14 December 2.30 to 4.30pm.

Manchester Square, W1U 3BN. For more information or to book contact: Edwina Mileham on 0207 563 9577 or community@wallacecollection.org.

Free to attend but booking is essential.

Music for the Moment concert

Thursday 15 December 2.30 to 4pm. 

Wigmore Hall, Wigmore Street. No need to book, just turn up! Contact Kathryn on 020 7321 2702 for more info. 

In Mind session at Royal Academy of Arts

Monday 19 December 11am to 12.30pm. 

Contact 020 7300 5839 or events.lectures@royalacademy.org.uk. Tea and conversation about art works at Burlington House, Piccadilly, £3 (free to RA Friends, carers and companions). 

Hymns and Pimms: come together to share friendship, singing and refreshment.  Grosvenor Chapel, 24 South Audley Street W1K 2PA, no need to book, just turn up! Suggested donation £4, call 020 7499 1684 for more info.

Tuesday 20 December 3pm to 4.30pm.

Westminster Memory Café North: Christmas party at 42 Westbourne Park Road, W2 5PH. Join us for festive fun with students from Marylebone School. No need to book, just turn up. For info call Mandy on 07540 502379.

Wednesday 21 December 2.30 to 4.30pm. 

Memory Café

Sessions providing group-based support for people with dementia as well as their families and supporters. Café sessions provide a warm and friendly environment as well as information from local health and carer related services. For more information call Mandy Andrews, Westminster Dementia Adviser, on 07540 502379. 

Memory Café North, 42 Westbourne Park Road, W2 5PH

Memory Café South, Victoria Medical Centre, 29 Upper Tachbrook Street, SW1V 1SN

Westminster Memory and Dementia Resource Centre

Make sure you have the support you need if you or someone you know is affected by dementia.

Westminster's Memory and Dementia Resource Centre in Westbourne Park provides health and social care services for residents in the borough living with dementia.

Day care services focus on a range of daily activity sessions to help people to remain more independent.

People at the centre may be able to use a personal budget to pay for their support following an assessment of their support needs by Westminster City Council.

For information on the services offered, see the People First website. You can also see information on how to request an assessment here

Contact details

  • Address: 42 Westbourne Park Road, London, W2 5PH
  • Tel: 020 7641 2500 and 0370 192 4000

More information about dementia

PeopleFirst offers information on a wide range of subjects for the residents of Westminster, including those who may need to request support from the council. 

Learn more about dementia, memory loss and ways to find support through PeopleFirst

4. Alcohol and drug problems

If you are worried about how much you are drinking, drug addiction, or you’re concerned about someone else’s drug or alcohol problems, there are many ways to get help and support.

To learn how to recognise when you or someone else has a problem and to find out how to get help with issues associated with drug and alcohol use, visit People First.

Westminster residents who are vulnerable, including people with alcohol and/or drug problems could benefit from the council’s Supporting People programme. 

For details of organisations which can offer a range of support, including prevention, specialist community treatment and hospital liaison, visit People First.

5. Mental health

If you are feeling anxious, have fears or problems coping with daily life and relationships, or are experiencing low moods, there is help and support available.

Visit the People First website, which offers information on a wide range of subjects for residents including common mental health problems and the treatments that are available, and where you can go to get support, independent advice and more information. 

If you are concerned about your mental health, the first place to call should be your GP. They can help to understand what is wrong and direct you to the appropriate treatment or service.

There are plenty of things you can do to help maintain or improve your mental health. 


Last updated: 15 February 2017
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