Wellbeing, Resilience and Community

Bexley is a place where residents feel their goals can be achieved and where residents feel they can trust their neighbours

  • Bexley residents have low levels of anxiety and high levels of life satisfaction, happiness and worthwhileness1
  • in 2019, there were 800 voluntary organisations in Bexley, including 407 registered charities, rising to 1200 with the inclusion of very small, issue or local community-focused groups 2
  • throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, BVSC had over 1000 new volunteers to help deliver services 3
  • almost 500 Community Champions signed up to help their community stay healthy and well by sharing information and joining in with health and wellbeing initiatives 4
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Exercise and activity

Women are more active than men in Bexley - 35% of male residents are inactive compared to 29% of inactive female residents

39% of disabled residents are likely to be active

The most active age group is 16-34 5

Arts & Culture

Bexley has various places of culture, with a strong focus on heritage.

Currently in the borough we have:

  • 7 music venues
  • 2 museums
  • 1 major outdoor cultural space (Danson Park)
  • 4 theatres
  • 70 listed buildings
  • 16 community centres
  • 85 pubs and bars 6
  • the Council has been involved with local cultural events in the past few years, including Faith in the Community Awards, Windrush Day celebrations, LGBTQ+ Pride football tournament and Holocaust Memorial Day
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We have 12 libraries


  • 6 are council managed 7
  • in 2019-20 the Council-run libraries had 989,825 visits, there were 35,116 active members and 13,635 new members 8


  • 2% of adult residents have not used the internet in the last 3 months or have never used it (Bexley and Greenwich) which is lower than the London and UK averages
  • For the UK, older people (aged over 65, particularly over 75) and those with a disability are less likely to use the internet 9