Community Programmes

Southampton Healthy Living have funded a range of community programmes which offer support around weight management, physcial activity, alcohol interventions and smoking cessation support.

The list of community funded programmes are below. For more information about how to engage with these them please contact the hub.


Coal Porters Rowing Club

A group physical activity programme to be held at their members only gym. With the option to learn to row on water or continue as a gym user after the 12 weekly sessions. Coal Porters aim to work with local people from Woolston & Bitterne.


Toddle and Waddle Programme. This project aims to bring together two current activities Chair based exercises for older people, and Little Sports which is encouraging physical activity with children. The two groups will spend 30 minutes exercising independently, 15-20 minutes on a group activity and 30 minutes intergenerational socialising.

M’Power Fitness:

A 6 to 12 week series of fun circuits within a group of up to 15 people. This weekly session will take place at Cobbett Road Library. These sessions will be split between beginners and beginners plus.

Community Roots

An allotment project which aims to support people with long term mental health issues, substance misuse issues or who are or have been at risk of homelessness. The allotment grows lots of fresh produce which they would like to use as a cook & eat style sessions to help weight management along with the physical activity of tending the allotment.

Friends of Polygon School (working with partner – Newfields CIC)

An allotment & cook and eat style sessions. The Polygon is a school for students with statements of special needs for education and Newfields CIC work adults with learning diabilities. The school has a large catchment area meaning parents come from across the city including areas of social deprivation. Have long term physical or mental health conditions or are long term unemployed. This project will create a holistic family approach to healthy eating.


A garden allotment project run in conjunction with the Home Kitchen / Healthy Living Day Service (with Café Down the Lane). Growing vegetables and herbs to be used in cooking (Grow, Cook, Eat Sessions) for the service users and carers of Mencap Southampton.

Thrinjuns Women’s Group

Has been running for seven years, catering for women from diverse groups but mainly women between 55 – 85 years from a Punjabi background. They would like to set up a Yoga session for the group to encourage physical activity. This women’s only activity will help support those within their client base who are socially isolated and suffer from long term medical conditions.

Families First

“Fathers to be Workshops” The aim to increase physical activity, promote healthy eating and focus on smoking cessation for fathers. This will be a holistic family approach working with men within the city. The aim is to build confidence in regards to parenting and reduce social isolation.

Parent Support Link

Working with families to reduce alcohol consumption in adults. This will take a healthy holistic approach but will focus mainly on the reduction of alcohol use by a dedicated Family Support Worker to provide a systemic family support to families ready to participate in the programme.

Active Nation

This project aims to build upon an existing exercise referral programme and combine that with a targeted group activity aimed at key audiences including – Pregnant women and their partners, those suffering long term health conditions, BME communities, the unemployed and those who have never worked. The project will also include week passes to Active Nation gyms, research into wearable technology.


A series of activities over the summer, using their base at the Round About Café near Swaythlings to monitor physical activity and weight loss, the idea again is a family approach for activities.

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