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Health in Old Age - Bengali Women's Health Project

The Bengali Women's Health project has been completed and is now closed. This page is for information only.

WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) set up the Bengali Women’s Health Project to support Bangladeshi women aged over 50 living in the Bow East area to develop healthier lifestyles and reduce isolation by providing English language classes.

This was a 3-month project funded by Community First, which started in November 2014, and was in two parts:

  • Part 1 - an 8 week English skills development (ESOL) class
  • Part 2 - a 12 week Health and Wellbeing class, which provided accessible information on healthy eating and exercise, and included cookery demonstrations.

Both were supported by WHFS’s Bengali-speaking staff, with the language class delivered by an ESOL tutor from a local organisation, HEBA.

Why the project is important

It is projected there will be a 23% increase in people aged over 80 in Tower Hamlets by 2024, and according to NHS Tower Hamlets CCG:

  • Only 10% of older people in the borough consume the recommended level of fruit and vegetables
  • Only 20% meet the recommended physical activity levels
  • Tower Hamlets has a 34% higher level of long-term illness or disability than the national average
  • (Source: NHS Tower Hamlets CCG 2013/16 plans)

Further information

Please click here for information on our current projects.