Jul 29, 2020
Welcome to the latest edition of our programme round-up covering new and ongoing projects across our urban health programmes. Over the last few months, we have begun looking ahead to the next phase of the pandemic and its potential impact on our communities. Our team has continued to grow alongside our portfolio, and we are exploring new ways to tackle health inequalities across Lambeth and Southwark.
To enable us to achieve our aim of closing the childhood obesity inequality gap, we are continuing to deepen our understanding of the school food landscape in our boroughs.
Evaluating the market – We have appointed Brook Lyndhurst as a research partner for our school food catering market research project which is currently underway. This is a complex landscape and the insights from this research will inform future joint projects with Southwark Council. The current funding envelope for this research is £24,870.
Scaling up existing projects – We have provided an additional £40,000 in funding to our partner Sustain to build a coalition of partners to ensure child health is on the agenda for the Brexit trade negotiations. This funding is part of a wider three-year long partnership that aims to create an environment where government and Local Authorities have more control over, and responsibility for, the sale and promotion of unhealthy products.
Working collaboratively across programmes – We’ve contributed £100,000 into a joint fund with the air pollution programme. More detail can be found in the post-COVID Healthy Streets project below.
Our focus over the last few months has been on mitigating the initial effects of COVID-19 on the people in our place. After our immediate response work, we are focusing in on the relationship between livelihoods and ill-health.
Support for private renters – As the economic effects of the pandemic bite, we know that many private renters are going to be struggling to pay the rent which could put them at risk of losing their homes. We’ve funded Kineara and the Southwark Law Centre to provide holistic support to privately rented households in Southwark. Through this, we aim to demonstrate how a proactive approach to supporting private renters can improve health.
Future Casting – the financial impact of the pandemic for people with long term conditions – We are supporting the Royal Society of the Arts with £49,130 to add a local lens to their national and pan-London ‘COVID Economic Observatory’ by including analysis specific to Lambeth and Southwark. The project examines the impact of the crisis on key workers. It will form the basis for testing ‘futures methodologies’ to help us strengthen and shape the programme in the face of these unprecedented times.
In our air pollution programme, we are starting to support grassroots action to address the impact of air pollution on children. We are simultaneously supporting our local authority partner to enable active travel and support social distancing.
Harnessing parent power in Lambeth and Southwark – We are supporting grassroots campaigners Mums for Lungs with £55k in core funding including capacity building and long-term organisational sustainability. These funds will help them increase the impact of their campaign to reduce air pollution and traffic.
Planting healthy air – We have funded the charity Trees for Cities to work with an inner-city primary school, Grange Primary, to test playground redesign and green infrastructure. The aim of this project is to both reduce exposure to air pollution and increase physical activity as part of our childhood obesity programme.
Post-COVID healthy streets – As stay at home guidance eases, we have provided up to £250k to Southwark Council to implement street changes to enable walking and cycling, reduce exposure and to mitigate the risk of increased traffic.
Looking ahead, we’ll be continuing to develop partnerships to layer up activity across both our current programmes and launching our adolescent mental health programme.
12 October, 2020
Every two months, our Executive Director of Programmes Andy Ratcliffe shares highlights of what we’ve been up to across our portfolio of programmes at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.
07 August, 2020
Our submission to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee Inquiry, drawing on our own evidence, as well as the insights gained through our programmatic work on the health effects of air pollution.
17 June, 2020
Announcing Andy Ratcliffe as our new Executive Director of Programmes.