Can-do spirit is rewarded at Bethnal Green ceremony

Successful health projects including self-defence and yoga classes and cooking clubs were recognised at an awards ceremony in Bethnal Green.

Schemes which have benefited from Tower Hamlets council’s Can Do grants were awarded at Oxford House in front of more than 100 people on February 1.

As part of the Healthy Borough Programme, a partnership between the council and NHS Tower Hamlets, the grants, which have now ended, were available for projects designed at getting people to lead healthier lifestyles.

Other projects recognised by the council included walking clubs and swimming sessions for Somali women.

The ceremony was organised by the Stifford Centre, the Osmani Trust, the Bromley by Bow Centre and Island House Community Centre who have all helped with grant applications and the delivery of projects since 2009.

Maria Kaustrater, the council’s community engagement manager, said the involvement of people in Tower Hamlets was essential in tackling problems like obesity.

A council spokeswoman said the Healthy Borough Programme has funded 176 local projects over two years with 3,149 people benefiting from them, of which 1,353 were children.