Levelling Up Health and Wellbeing

Waltham Abbey Community Hub

Social Active Class

In partnership with Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre, Epping Forest District Council Public Health Improvement Team, Citizens Advice Epping Forest and Active Essex an activity class for individuals to improve their flexibility and strength in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere has been developed.

The class is coupled with a hot drink and chat aspect to encourage social interaction and boost levels of mental health. New friendships have helped to develop participants confidence, mobility, and a renewed excitement for getting out and trying other activities in the local area.


Group 1
Who is it for?
Those on low-income or older residents
Goal 1
Prime Objective:
to reduce inactivity in the local community
Goal 2
Second Objective:
to boost wellbeing and social isolation

Funding, provided by Active Essex, resulted in the class being offered for free, which has helped increase interest and encouraged those who were retired or from low-income backgrounds to be able to access physical activity.

Working collaboratively, the leisure centre, Waltham Abbey Hub and the instructors of the class have actively promoted the class to ensure good footfall at each session. This has included reaching out to local sheltered and independent housing, as well as local community noticeboards. It was important that each partner involved also identified individuals in need and signpost them to this local opportunity.

This type of social active class is a perfect example of how exercise and social interaction can improve the quality of life of a person who is struggling with mobility and social isolation.
Social Hub Lead
participants on average per class
individuals attended a class regularly
inactive participants at the start

Over the past year, the class has become further embedded within the local leisure centre, and partners have noticed an increase in referrals from other professionals in the area, including GPs and Health and Wellness Coaches.

Due to the success of the Waltham Abbey Community Hub activity class, further funding from the Epping Forest District Council Public Health Improvement team has been received to allow this group to continue its development and offering vital support for the community.