Community Wellbeing



Thank you to all those who took part in our 2018 programme. We hope you will be able to join us for UP&RUNNING 2019!

If you are aged 12 or older and live within travelling distance of King’s College London (Denmark Hill Campus), come along to one or more of our UP&RUNNING sessions.

Through physical activities, UP&RUNNING aims to promote self-management and recovery among young people experiencing early signs or symptoms of poor health.

Three free sessions will run on Monday 18th February, Wednesday 20th February and Friday 22nd February, offering training in running and taster sessions in sports such as boxing, beginner gymnastics, capoeira, football,  parkour and more!

Those attending will be entered into a prize draw to win £25 sports clothing vouchers.

To register your interest, please fill in your details here.  Your details will not be shared with anyone outside of the UP&RUNNING Team.

Meet the Team

Charlotte Woodhead 

I am a Research Associate at the NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) North Thames, in the department of Applied Health Research, at University College London.

We started UP&RUNNING (previously ‘HERON-RUN’) with a test-run in 2017 which was focused on running training (‘couch to 5k’) and running skills. This year we are changing the programme to offer a much broader range of opportunities to try out new ways to be physically active. Rather than focusing on running only, this year will be emphasising the fun. We also aim to find a type of exercise that fits individuals and to help them carry on exercising after the programme by linking them in with locally available activity opportunities.

cerisse headshotCerisse Gunasinghe

Cerisse is a Research Associate and Counselling Psychologist in the department of Psychological Medicine, IoPPN at King’s College London and is currently project co-ordinator of The HYPE Project – a research and intervention programme for young people. Cerisse has over 15 years of experience of working as a mental health research-practitioner, one of her many interests is how research has direct implications for clinical and social care practice. Her projects are exciting opportunities to develop an understanding of the overlap between mental and physical health.

Cerisse is one of the lead co-ordinators of UP&RUNNING and is working with the HERON team to develop community health and well-being programmes with the aim to improve clinical practice and deliver accessible interventions that meet the needs of local communities.

Paul McCambridge

Paul has been working in the health and fitness industry for 20 years and is the current Director of Health and Fitness at a large online health and wellness brand.  Paul also has an undergraduate degree in Sports Science alongside a Masters in Intergrated Health and Chiropractic studies, he also has a history of working in private hospitals in the U.K. as an Exercise Physiologist.

Paul teaches continual professional development (CPD) courses to Personal Trainers, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors relating to Bio-Psycho-Social Exercise Rehabilitation. Paul is also developing an online programme, the “Pain Clinic”, which is a supported multi modal intervention “self-help” programme to help chronic pain sufferers regain the locus of control with their own Chronic Pain management.

Paul has been working within the health and fitness sector his entire career and is working with Charlotte Woodhead as the creative force behind the physical activity interventions and delivery within the UP&RUNNING activity sessions.  Paul also has future aspirations to continue to be involved in research and public engagement activities.

Past Events

The first pilot HERON-RUN course was funded by the Maudsley Charity and took place between August and October 2017. Young people and their care coordinators took part in weekly 45 minute run sessions in Kennington Park over ten weeks, culminating in a 5k Park Run. Each session involved a warm up, drills, fitness challenge and warm down.

HERON-RUN is a collaboration between the HERON and Mark Callaghan, which offers free running sessions for young mental health service users aged 16-35 years.Mark, a running coach, approached HERON with a goal to share his love of running with people who might be at risk of experiencing poor health, but who may face barriers to engaging with exercise.

Over the ten week period, 9 young people and 5 coordinators came along on a drop in basis, with sessions supported by three HERON members. The sessions were aimed at beginners and were tailored to support a range of abilities.

We learnt a lot from the first pilot course and will be using these lessons to develop a bigger and better HERON-RUN course in 2018, to run earlier on in the summer to make the most of the daylight.

Read running coach Mark’s reflections about HERON-RUN here:

%d bloggers like this: