Community Wellbeing


If you are aged 16 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.

Our UP&RUNNING 2019-2020 programme will focus on engaging 16’s and over, especially those who are not in employment, education or training, or those at risk of becoming so. Our goal is to promote exercise as part of the holistic and integrative approach to mental wellbeing and include principles of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing (connect, learn, be active, give and take notice).

To do this, we aim to introduce young people to new activities through free training and taster sessions in boxing, running, football, general strength and conditioning, yoga, mindfulness and more! In addition, we aim to connect young people in a social, fun and non-judgmental environment.

Meet the Team


Background Fiyory Ghezae

Fiyory is a BSc Sport, Health and Exercise science graduate and is currently studying MSc Mental Health Studies. She completed her personal trainer qualification two years ago and has been using it to help herself and others gain structure and enjoyment in the gym. Fiyory has worked as a football coach and private tutor for young children for several years and is interested in helping more people use exercise as a tool to deal with their mental health conditions.

Fiyory believes it is essential that we focus on young people and get them more active as this will have both physical and psychological benefits. She is hoping to continue further education as well as working with young people, encouraging and educating more young people on the importance of taking care of their physical and mental health. “I hope this programme will give people an insight into the variety of ways they can exercise and help them find an exercise they enjoy!”

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:

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