The HAPI (healthy, aspiring, prosperous and inclusive) project makes a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of the communities living in and around the Cynon and Taf Ely area. HAPI is delivered as part of Newydd Housing Association’s commitment to creating sustainable communities.HAPI hopes to work with 5,500 people over five years, with project being supported by four key outcomes:
- To increase the skills of participants to progress into employment through gaining new skills, including qualifications
- Train volunteers with the knowledge and skills to support self-help intervention groups, to improve community wellbeing and sustain the project. This will be done through recruiting HAPI Champions, who will support project staff in the delivery of sessions, as well as become peer mentors
- Reduce health inequalities through targeted support to promote physical activity and healthy eating. Project staff are trained by Cwm Taf public health dietitians, allowing them to deliver sessions focusing on how to maintain a healthy weight, sustaining a healthy balanced diet, as well as how to cook healthily and on a budget
- To increase the understanding and coping mechanisms of participants to help lower stress levels and address low level mental health needs. HAPI project staff will help participants work through the practical explanations of certain feelings and conditions, learning how to understand themselves and other individuals who suffer with mental ill health, as well as learn how to offer better support and guidance for those affected
HAPI staff will work in partnership with Communities for Work and the local Job Centre to deliver appropriate and accessible training within the community. The different workshops and activities are available to anyone who lives within the Cynon or Taf Ely valleys.
For more about HAPI, you can visit their Facebook page here.