Residents are ‘Altogether Better’

Queen street Methodist Hall plays host to the Altogether Better project visitors and staff at the event .Picture Richard Ponter 123411c
Queen street Methodist Hall plays host to the Altogether Better project visitors and staff at the event .Picture Richard Ponter 123411c

Celebrations were held to mark the end of a four-year project aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people in the Scarborough area.

The BIG Lottery funded Altogether Better Project has invested £250,000 in helping local communities to eat more healthily, be more physically active and improve their mental health.

Queen street Methodist Hall plays host to the Altogether Better project Leoni Watson has fun .Picture Richard Ponter 123411a

Queen street Methodist Hall plays host to the Altogether Better project Leoni Watson has fun .Picture Richard Ponter 123411a

The project has been active in areas such as Castle ward, Eastfield, Woodlands, Falsgrave Park, Ramshill, Filey and parts of Whitby.

Project manager Suzanne Carr explained: “We have provided community-based health education training to 366 people including local residents, community activists and volunteers.

“As a result of the way in which these groups have passed on their learning to family, friends, community groups the project has reached out to an additional 1,770 people.

Local cooking groups have been set up, which now meet regularly to help people find healthy ways of cooking cheap family meals.

Queen street Methodist Hall plays host to the Altogether Better project Organisers Gillian Hall,Suzanne Carr,Ashley Simpson,Sarah Hardy .Picture Richard Ponter 123411b

Queen street Methodist Hall plays host to the Altogether Better project Organisers Gillian Hall,Suzanne Carr,Ashley Simpson,Sarah Hardy .Picture Richard Ponter 123411b

The project has also seen the development of Chapman’s Garden in Auborough Street as a productive vegetable garden, in partnership with the Growing Opportunities Project.

The celebration event at Queen Street Methodist Church was attended by those involved in the project and featured cooking demonstrations, children’s games and face painting.

Suzanne said: “It was great to see so many smiling faces and see parents and children, older people and people with disabilities all joining in with the cookery demonstrations, the Zumba sessions and the craft activities.

“We also had face painting, nail art, delve into nature activities, balloon modelling and a puppet show - all emphasising healthy ways of doing things.

Queen street Methodist Hall plays host to the Altogether Better project Bike rides pose...Victoria Wilson,and Ellie Beedham..Picture Richard Ponter 123411d

Queen street Methodist Hall plays host to the Altogether Better project Bike rides pose...Victoria Wilson,and Ellie Beedham..Picture Richard Ponter 123411d

“The cooking groups worked really hard to provide an excellent homemade buffet. It was a great way to end a successful project.”

People who were involved in the project commented: “I have learnt to throw things together to make a stew or soup and my kids have really liked it” and “It has really boosted my confidence getting to know new people”.