Healthier Futures: North Kensington Self-Care Programme

Healthier futures: The North Kensington Self-Care programme, helps residents of North Kensington to take more control of their mental health and physical wellbeing, and build social contact with access to community, leisure, education, arts and volunteering opportunities. To do this we fund local voluntary sector to provide self-care information, activities and services which can help people to maintain and reach their health & wellbeing goals.

A list of activities and services are available here on the - Kensington and Chelsea Social Council website.

These services are for those aged between 18-64, who live and/or work in North Kensington and have been affected by the Grenfell tower fire.

What is self-care?

Self-care is what we can do as individuals, taking simple steps each day to look after our mind, body, and soul, and not waiting until we get sick.

We all know it’s important to take good care of ourselves so we are happier and healthier, but life can be very busy and ‘me-time’ is usually last on the agenda. Sometimes we can even feel guilty about taking the time required to take care of ourselves.

Looking after yourself will make you feel better, but the better you feel, the better you will be in all areas of your life – in work and play, and relationships with friends and family.

Self-care is different for everyone - everyone has different needs.


How do I get started?

Taking care of ourselves can help us to better cope with the short- and long-term effects of difficult life experiences and help the healing process. Start by reflecting on the last week and how you have felt, this can help to identify some areas where you need might need some help?

  • How did you sleep?
  • What made you stressed
  • What did you eat and how did it make you feel?
  • Screen time – did you have enough time away from screens?
  • Exercise – did you go outside for a walk?
  • How much did you drink?
  • What did you do you enjoyed?
  • When did you feel good? Stressed or emotionally drained?

Tools to help you assess how you're doing


Health & wellbeing apps

Health and wellbeing apps are helpful in assessing and tracking your mood, levels of activity and wellbeing.
  • Sleepio – get into a better sleep routine
  • One You – for healthy eating and much more
  • My fitness pal – help yourself get fit
  • Thrive – for your emotional wellbeing
  • Catch it – Learn to manage negative thoughts and think more positively

Activities available in North Kensington

Healthier futures

The North Kensington Self-Care programme, helps residents of North Kensington to take more control of their mental health and physical wellbeing, and build social contact with access to community, leisure, education, arts and volunteering opportunities.

These services are for those aged between 18-64, who live and/or work in North Kensington and have been affected by the Grenfell tower fire.

  • Exercise and Wellbeing Services.
  • Advice
  • Group services
  • Training
All of the activities and how to join are available on the Kensington and Chelsea Social Council (KCSC) website, click here .

What North Kensington people say

Hear from local people the benefits they've felt from taking up some of the services and activities in the area.

“It was nice to talk to someone outside my family, whom I could be honest about how I was really feeling. North Kensington resident."

"I was surprised to see there was so many activities in my local area”

"I had been self-isolating and was anxious about having to shield because of my health issues, however, the weekly cooking phone group has given me something to look forward to and the chance to cook again”. He continued “Prior to lockdown I took it for granted that if I want something I just had to go to the local shop and often I would be buying something to eat off the shelf. Now I make home cook meals at least every 2 -3 days and feel so much happier for it”.