Introducing the Lewisham Wellbeing Map


undefinedThe Lewisham Wellbeing map (LWM) is an intiative by Tim Bradley OBE.  This is how he describes it : 

"The Lewisham Wellbeing Map is a free portable smartphone/computer map showing places in the Borough of Lewisham which aid the health and wellbeing of people there. The current version is a multi-layered map which can be copied to anyone’s Google Maps screen. The ten layers, each of which can be switched on and off, include different types of provision such as Doctors, Pharmacies, Community/Voluntary sector, Better Living (eg. Diet, Anti-Smoking) and Outdoor & Mobility.

So far, there are about 350 places marked - we plan to increase this further with continued intensive gathering during the rest of 2017. In 2018, provided the system is useful and robust enough, we would have a focussed period of distributing it ‘organically’. This would be both to the public and health & care workers - especially ‘health navigators’ - aiming to achieve critical mass in Lewisham.

undefinedLWM will benefit the Lewisham community by providing a free, portable and intuitive way to see what can help their health and wellbeing locally. Also, those providing care, health and advice services (including for less IT-capable and/or more vulnerable people) will be able to steer the community to more local and effective provision. This is particularly useful for what is known as social prescribing. The map can more generally guide people how to make their daily routines healthier.

The real challenge will be to ensure LWM is sustainable and stays relevant by refreshing the information. We hope to do this with a network of volunteers across the borough with practical (esp. tech) skills, local knowledge and/or wellbeing expertise. Such volunteers would also help providers, particularly Community/ Voluntary ones, hone their Google Maps shop-window so they are more effective."

Tim came to our Tuesday Techy Tea club this week to show some of our volunteers (and students) the new map. He would like to meet anyone who would like to contribute to this project. If you are interested, you can come to Ewart Community Hall on Thursday 9th November where he will explain how it works and gain access to edit the map.


By Damian Griffiths at 4 Oct 2017, 12:15 PM

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