A group of Lewisham Borough residents have built the Lewisham Wellbeing Map, a free digital/printable map of hundreds of local places good for health and wellbeing. Now they’re about to launch their website www.LewishamWellbeingMap.co.uk to help fellow locals find what’s good, nearby – for them, or someone they care for – and to make the map more comprehensive.
The map was the brainchild of Tim Bradley OBE, a retired public servant from Forest Hill. He said: “Having experienced six months in a wheelchair after neurosurgery, I came to realise and appreciate just how valuable very local support facilities can be. But hearing neighbours and doctors say they didn’t know about good places for health nearby gave me the idea for the map”
With a small pot of council neighbourhood funding alongside the Bellingham Community Project the past year, his initial project has developed into a network of contributors and supporters. They include neighbourhood care workers, IT experts, medical practitioners and just locals who know their patch. Local NHS staff who have tried the map have been very supportive.
To keep the map up-to-date and more comprehensive and consistent, from next month there will be ‘Mapathon’ meet-ups, for locals to pool knowledge and expertise. The first Mapathon is pencilled in for the afternoon of 26 March at Place Ladywell, and anyone who feels they can make a contribution is welcome.The map is also on the lookout for institutional sponsors to make the map sustainable longer-term: using nearby health and wellbeing provision helps the environment. If you can help please contact Tim at LewishamWellbeingMap@gmail.com
To use the map, just go to the website and explore the map around your area, or search the many individual place listings. You can also access it as an optional layer on your Google maps, the system it’s built on, whether you’re using your smartphone or other digital device.
The map has nine optional layers: some correspond to the NHS-endorsed ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’, such as Connecting or Being Active. Others list places for people, with particular wellbeing needs, such as older people. For example, the map can help you to connect at a regular coffee morning nearby, or be active on a walk or at an exercise or yoga session on your doorstep, at the level that suits you