Health for Life is a community programme which aims to make a sustained difference to healthy lifestyles in local communities across Birmingham. It provides facilities and support to establish activities which engage people in growing food, physical activity, healthy eating and cookery.
Funded by Mondelēz International, Health for Life is delivered to the community by The Conservation Volunteers and, through schools, by Services for Education. The programme supports Change4Life, the wellbeing campaign from Public Health England, and offers a range of opportunities to encourage families towards leading healthier lifestyles.
TCV supports the development of Health for Life community food growing spaces across south Birmingham and run regular Green Gyms to involve both groups and individuals in getting active and growing fruit and vegetables. Green Gym is a 'work out' in the outdoors and can include a variety of activities, with a particular focus, through Health for Life, on growing fresh food.
Self-sustaining groups are now established at several sites whilst TCV continues to support activities at Ley Hill, Melrose Close, Weoley Hill and Woodgate Valley. Our sessions at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in the growing space established with Health for Life funding, take place weekly.
Details of our upcoming sessions can be found here.
As well as our Green Gyms we also offer Healthy Eating eating sessions. These fun and interactive sessions provide opportunities to try new recipes and share ideas on how to use home-grown produce to make tasty, seasonal meals that won’t break the bank.
You will also be able to find us at a number of local events throughout the year.
We offer regular opportunities to get more involved with The Conservation Volunteers by becoming a Key Volunteer. Playing a key role in our organisation, this is an excellent chance to gain valuable work experience. See the Key Volunteer opportunities list for current vacancies.
Emma Bown (07971 601 218) or Samantha Woods (07971 601 227)