Mar 17, 2020
We’re embarking on a new, multi-year project to expand one of our Neighbourhood Schemes following a successful pilot in North Lambeth. The pilot supported healthier food options in the local Oasis academy primary and secondary schools and provided more opportunities for the 800 students to run and play.
Over the next four years, we will continue our work with partner Oasis Hub Waterloo, and deliver a series of new projects and activities designed to make schools healthier. The scheme is also evolving to include healthy changes to early years settings, homes, and the local high streets. The long-term aim is to make affordable, tasty, healthy food the easiest option for local children and families.
As part of this expansion we’re investing £900,000 into new initiatives with another £500,000 being contributed by Battersea Power Station Foundation.
The pilot project, launched in April 2018, worked with local schools to find sustainable ways to improve school food and make more space available for physical activity. Over two years, we tested a range of innovative and scalable activities across the schools – from introducing a fresh fruit and vegetable stall, to active art classes. The success of these changes showed the difference that can be made when healthy options are available and accessible to all. For example, selling fruit and veg at wholesale price at the school gates incentivised parents to buy more fresh produce, and active art classes made the playground a space all children could enjoy, not just an area for team sports.
We’ll be making the most of Oasis Hub Waterloo’s unique place in the community to build on the success of the pilot, as well as developing new ways to make a positive impact in the borough.
The new projects will tap into community-led activism, working with local businesses and other key players to change the types of food available on the high street, while supporting healthier local food ventures.
During this next phase, the Hub will be working with Purpose – a social change organisation – to generate and test ideas with local parents, business owners and young people at the Oasis secondary school. By getting under the skin of young people’s experiences of the spaces around them, we’ll be able to create focused and sustainable changes with the community’s input and support.
These insights will inform how new projects are designed and implemented, and ensure we are effectively working to improve the health of children and young people locally.
By working collaboratively in this way, we aim to take a whole-systems approach in our place and have a lasting impact on children’s health. Our long-term joint ambition is for the successful model we develop to be scaled and replicated across the national network of Oasis community hubs, in other UK cities with high levels of childhood obesity.
David Tchilingirian, Project Director at Oasis Hub Waterloo, says, “We are trailblazing a community-led approach to make healthier options easier options, by redesigning and reshaping the local early years, street and school environments – where local children and families spend their time. To do this, we’re launching a programme of work to activate the community to make sustainable, impactful changes across the patch to increase the number of healthy options available to the local community.”
Rebecca Sunter, our Portfolio Manager on this project, commented, “We’re excited to continue the partnership that we’ve built with Oasis Hub Waterloo and Battersea Power Station Foundation to expand the project into the local community to improve children and young people’s health. We’ve identified a great opportunity to replicate what we’re doing in Lambeth across the Oasis Hub network in other UK cities with high level of childhood obesity.”
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