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Club to launch health in the community initiative on Saturday

Foundation teams up with HLP to offer help on Saturday

22 August 2017

The AFC Wimbledon Foundation will this Saturday be strengthening its work on health in the community by launching an initiative with Healthy London Partnership (HLP).

Our Foundation are teaming up with HLP on several projects relating to mental health, young people’s health, and asthma. The projects are Thrive LDN (which HLP is a major part of), NHS Go, and ASK About Asthma

For the Doncaster Rovers home match on Saturday, in order to mark this partnership, the Foundation will be joined pre-kick off in its usual pre-match location by representatives from NHS Go and Thrive LDN. 

You can come and chat to both teams by the AFC Wimbledon Foundation’s inflatable penalty shoot-out area outside the ground to find out more and to have your say. If you can’t make it to the match, you can find out more about Thrive LDN via the website.

NHS Go is a free health information app designed by and for people aged 16 – 24.  As well as coming from trustworthy NHS sources, the app does not keep a history of the information that users are checking, so their health searches are confidential.  On top of that, it’s free to download on Apple Store and Android Play (even if you are older than 24!). Some of the NHS Go team will be at the ground to show you the app and answer your questions about it.

Thrive LDN is a new city-wide movement that aims to get everyone talking and working together to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners.  It was launched in July by Sadiq Khan, and has six aspirations for the mental health and wellbeing of Londoners.  The Thrive LDN team will be on hand to tell you more about those aspirations and to hear what you have to say about them.

Their presence on match-day will mark the beginning of a series of activities that will focus on health in the community.  They will include improving the support that the Foundation’s coaches provide for children and young people with asthma, in line with HLP & NHS England London’s ASK About Asthma campaign, which runs from 11th – 24th September. They will be speaking with young participants of the Foundation’s coaching programmes about Thrive LDN and mental health, and encouraging them to learn more about how to look after their own wellbeing and that of their friends and family.

We look forward to seeing the fruits of this work in making AFC Wimbledon, its fans, friends and community a healthier club, both on and off the pitch!


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