Knitted River
Knitted river stretches all the way to Downing street. An independent Upstream group were proud to part of this "knitition" The knitted river (100,000 squares) stretched 250m and curved accross the Thames to Downing Street. The aim before the G8 summit was to publicise the water shortage in Africa


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What is Upstream ?

Upstream presents an innovative and successful approach to identifying and engaging isolated adults in a rural area through stimulating, creative and social activities. In particular, Upstream helps people to stay independent for longer rather than dependent on traditional day services. The project is underpinned by research and evaluation from the Peninsula Medical School that reports transformational change in mood and behaviour and clinically meaningful changes in mental well-being. Upstream has been identified as an example of good practice by national, regional and local government, by the NHS and Primary Care Trusts, and by a range of national and regional organisations from the voluntary and statutory sectors.


  • To develop a new approach to health and well-being, especially for more vulnerable and isolated people, by encouraging self improvement in health, well-being and quality of life within the context of people’s local communities.
  • To rekindle and bolster people’s passion for living by helping them to engage in stimulating creative, leisure, learning and social activities and to prolong active and independent life.
  • To trial and evaluate the approach, and to disseminate learning so that it becomes embedded in statutory and voluntary sector delivery.

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