The Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) Health Improvement is a vibrant and passionate team with a proven track record in delivering innovative and successful programmes that promote health in the South East.
Health is the extent to which people are able to realise aspirations and satisfy needs, and to have the resources to cope with their environment. There are many factors that affect an individual’s health, from the well-known factors such as nutrition and physical activity to the lesser-known impacts on health such as income, social class and environment. These are known as the wider determinants of health and are the focus of some of the health projects that CACT runs.
What does the Health Improvement team do?
CACT’s Health Improvement team is commissioned to deliver a wide variety of projects that support health and wellbeing.
What started in 2006 as CACT football coaches delivering school-based sessions in Greenwich and helping residents to quit smoking has flourished into a comprehensive Health Improvement initiative. Some of our largest services include Live Well, Extra Time and Stop Smoking which support people in a variety of ways to gain an awareness of their situation and improve their health.
At the centre of CACT’s Health Improvement work is the behaviour change model, using a Motivational Interviewing approach. This approach has been proven to lead to greater participation and a more positive outcome with anything from physical activity to quitting smoking. This approach supports residents to resolve ambivalent feelings and encourages them to change their behaviour.
The Health Improvement Team works with individuals, groups and schools with partners including the NHS and the Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG). We recognise the barriers to health and take a promotional approach; working alongside people to help them to live healthier lives.
CACT has been working with the RBG and partners throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering its Community Hub from March 2020, which has made and received over 250,000 calls from residents and provided support including emergency food boxes and prescription collections.
See below for the many areas offering support and programmes to get involved in.
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