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Social Action for Health  actively engages with local communities across Hackney, Camden Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Newham, Barking & Dagenham, Greenwich, Ealing and Redbridge.

Hackney Information and Advice Consortium

The Hackney Information and Advice Consortium Project has been running for more than 10 years and offers advice in 26 GP Practices across Hackney on a wide range of issues such as Welfare Benefits, Housing, Debt, Employment issues, help at home for over 60’s, help with filling in Tax Credit forms and much more. Read More

Contact: Marianne Sangster (0208 510 1970)

Tower Hamlets Health and Advice Links Project

Tower Hamlets Health and Advice Links project has been running since 2004 and provides advice sessions at 17 surgeries spread throughout Tower Hamlets. The project also actively promotes cross referrals between GP surgeries to ensure its approach is coordinated and robust. Trained advisors provide advice on a wide range of issues ranging from welfare benefits to housing and debt. The advisors also actively refer patients onto self-management of chronic condition courses, employment/training courses, ESOL and volunteering opportunities. Read more…

Contact: Marianne Sangster (0208 510 1970)

Hackney Advice Providers

Hackney Advice Providers is a new project commissioned from April 2014 and is an innovative approach to reaching some of most deprived communities in Hackney. We work with people who find it difficult to use more generalist services, by reason of language, culture, status or age. Hackney Advice Providers involves 12 local community organizations that serve local Hackney people with information and advice, provided in community venues across the borough.

Contact: Marianne Sangster (0208 510 1970)

Patient Leadership Programme

East London Genes & Health

In East London, people in certain communities have some of the highest rates of heart disease, diabetes and poor health in the UK. Living with long-term conditions has a major impact on a person’s quality of life and on their family. This is a community based study on genes that has been set up to help in the fight against these and other major diseases. The project will work with people who are well within the Bangladeshi and Pakistani community in East London. The work will involve setting up and running community-based initiatives that invest in and explore future community health. Read More…



The Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group, Healthwatch Tower Hamlets and Social Action for Health are involved in delivering this programme. The aim of the Patient Leadership Programme is to build the capacity of a group of local people to take on a leadership role for bringing about change in the in the health and social care. The programme has been running since 2014 and now we are training cohort three. Previous participants have actively influenced decisions within the NHS, gained recognition for their local leadership and redefined and enhanced the vision of patient engagement amongst decision makers


Peoples Network

The People’s Network is a user led user run recovery group, made up of black men with a lived experience of mental illness, who live in Hackney. Members come together to share experiences, good food and to learn for themselves what recovery means on their own terms. Members are the voice of other service users in the borough and the network aims to influence policy by promoting members to become representatives. Read More…

Marianne Sangster (0208 510 1970)


The 4sight project is a user run Monthly Sunday lunch with food, music and activities such as drumming workshops, salsa and bingo for those living with mental ill health in Hackney. Most members come from an African or Caribbean background and thoroughly enjoy the lively and…Read more.

Gerald Osei-Kofi (0208 510 1970)


A User led User run African Caribbean group which offers friendship, support and a range of activities including a monthly lunch, keep fit, trips and tours. The group have also been involved in research, published poetry and stories from members.

Good Moves

Good Moves is a lifestyle change intervention programme which combines physical exercise, health information and goal setting for healthy lifestyle in a culturally appropriate manner. The course takes place in the local community for the local people who have diabetes or a long term health condition. Read more..

Contact: Marianne Sangster (020 8510 1970)

Peer Support

Peer support will provide a support network for vulnerable adults (especially people with disability) to build up confidence and self esteem so that they can claim full ownership and have a say in their own support package. Peer support network offers a platform for vulnerable adults especially those with disabilities to come and meet up every other month to talk about matters that affects them. By doing so it would increase their self awareness and awareness of others and most importantly increase their social support.

Contact: Marianne Sangster (020 8510 1970)

Maternity Services Liaison Committee

The aim of Newham and Tower Hamlets Maternity Services Liaison Committee is to increase the capacity of local women to influence and shape maternity service delivery and policy. We do this by supporting, training and empowering local women from diverse communities to use their experiences of accessing maternity services to influence change. Read More

Contact: Ceri Durham (0208 510 1973)

Maternity Engagement Project

This 1year pilot commenced in April 2014 in Tower Hamlets with the aim of improving access to maternity information for local women particularly those from minority communities. The aim is to run weekly information and sessions to build awareness of local women’s maternal health services within Tower Hamlets and equipping women with the knowledge and know how of their maternal health and well being.

Contact: Ceri Durham (0208 510 1973)

Patient Leaders

The Patient Leaders project is about developing a handful of people from Tower Hamlets to take leadership roles in influencing and changing health and social care in the Borough. We will be working with Healthwatch Tower Hamlets and the Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning during this two-year training programme.


Supporting the Education and Empowerment of Patients and Carers [SEEPAC]. We are working with Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University London [QMUL] to undertake an analysis of practice that educates and trains patient and carers in self-care or empowers them to manage health.

Self-Management Greenwich

In Greenwich we have been working to support and train communities in managing their own health through using a validated ‘expert patient programme’. In the last year this was delivered in multiple languages including Nepali, Tamil and Gujarati.

Contact: Jaber Khan (0208 510 1970)