Course Diary             The Sharp End - Fitness, Fun and Health Living for the over 50's

Partnership Work

Partnership work has been a top priority for The Sharp End, and has been evident in past when we won a Lottery fund to develop and strengthen partnership link between multidisciplinary organisations. We have continued with this working concept post funding and have maintained the concept of a resource centre at our site, by working closely with partner projects involved in the active ageing agenda. CMHT, The Stroke Project and Stop Falls Network are based at our site, and until recently Health Trainers from Hoxton Health. 
It proved invaluable being on the same site as it enables us to build a close working relationship thus making it easier to refer and discuss client’s needs and sign post clients to the service. The Health Trainers were able to fully understand the service The Sharp End offers and refer isolated older clients in need of our service. TLC Care and Stroke Project also use the site for admin purpose and to run their support groups.
List of stakeholders who we have worked along with at various capacities in 2010
·        Hackney Regeneration Team – Frances Winter/R Salmon
·        Boots pharmacist health visit
·        Georgie Mackie ‘ Parks for Life’
·        Diabetes Awareness Homerton NHS ‘Striking The Balance’
·        City of London – Young At Heart Exhibitors Day
·        Hackney’s Over 50’s tea dance
·        Alzheimer’s Society
·        Dr England Statham Grove Surgery
·        Health Trainers event
·        SAFH – Colours of Life
·        BLF
·        Freedom Pass team reminding users to re-new
·        African Pensioners Group
·        Sporting Bunnies
·        Penny Dreadful – Performed specially for Sharp End members in November
·        OPRG
·        GLL – UK Older Person’s Day hosted in partnership with GLL Queensbridge Leisure Centre
The Sharp End is committed to community cohesion, by working closely with BME and mainstream organisations, and by welcoming residents from all backgrounds. We aim to offer a pluralistic and accessible service to larger population of City and Hackney over the age of 50.

Hidden Garden

Courtesy of a small grant from Groundworks the hidden garden was born and  transformed a derelict yard at the Sharp End into a vibrant garden. The project was done in partnership with the Geffrey museum, Holy Trinity primary school and several members of the Sharp End. Participants were also interviewed by young people making a film as part of the Headliners project. We are very grateful for the support of Nazmun Khanam then volunteer (& now worker), who raised funds for and coordinated the whole project. In addition students of architecture from London Metropolitan University designed and built a beautiful bench with integrated planting areas that graces the garden.

Follow this link to enjoy the opening ceremony of the 'Hidden Garden' Project