Health and wellbeing

We run several initiatives to support our residents to maintain and improve all aspects of their health and wellbeing. This includes access to affordable food and healthy eating, welfare and benefit advice services and programmes to improve your physical activity and mental fitness. 

Schemes and initiatives

Food and targeted support

Iphoto of tinned foodsf you are an SHP resident and struggling financially, the St Helier Community Food Shop can support you to access affordable food and targeted support. 

For £3 a week you can receive approximately £15 worth of food and household essentials, including meat, poultry, fresh fruit and vegetables, long-life packets and tin foods.

Sign up to become a member of the St Helier Community Food Shop

Sutton Drop-in Advice Centres

Sutton Drop-in Advice Centres offer a face-to-face, drop-in service where any resident in the London Borough of Sutton can get free information, support and advice on a wide range of areas, including welfare and benefits, employment support, housing issues, mental health or domestic abuse.

Staff from partner organisations will be available to help answer queries, arrange services and provide a range of advice.

The advice centres take place on the first Thursday of every month from 10am-12pm at Hill House and the last Thursday of the month at the Vanguard Centre.

Wellbeing workshops 

woman taking part in yoga We can all experience symptoms related to stress, anxiety and depression.

We are working in partnership with Sutton Uplift to run a number of free wellbeing workshops for SHP residents, covering areas such as:

  • self-care and relaxation
  • building confidence
  • improving your sleep
  • coping with long-term health conditions

All workshops are free to SHP residents and are run virtually.

Register for a wellbeing workshop in partnership with Sutton Uplift

'Active Me' - free physical exercise programme 

Active me free exercise programme flyer aimed at older people If you're aged 40 or over and want to improve your physical fitness, you can join our free physical exercise programme run in partnership with Community Action Sutton.

The first five sessions are free and there is a £1 fee for the remainder of the sessions (which run for 22 weeks). You will also receive a free bag of exercise items such as resistance bands and weights. 

Sessions take place:

  • Tuesdays, 10.30am at Seven Acres Community Hub
  • Wednesdays, 9.30am at Hill House Community Centre

To register your interest email

Free cooking and nutritional courses - Bags of Taste

image of participants on a bags of taste course If you want to change your eating habits and learn how to prepare nutritious meals on a low budget, you can sign up for the Bags of Taste two-week course - free for SHP residents.

You will sign up for online cooking preparation sessions and will receive course ingredients and materials, sufficient for seven meals, delivered free to your home. You can also receive support via a WhatsApp group. 

To register your interest email