Apr 03, 2020
Welcome to the latest edition of our programme roundups covering developments across our growing portfolio of urban health programmes. Over the past two months, we’ve continued to back new partnerships, supported existing projects and grown our team to help us achieve our ambitious goals to tackle urban health issues in South London.
Sitting at the heart of all this work is our approach to coming at issues from many angles, with a wide set of partners. Our commitment to this hasn’t changed as we face the current, evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We are motivated to minimise the impact of the pandemic on our local communities and on the partners we work with, both by acting now and planning for the longer term. So far, we have committed over £2 million to the London Community Response Fund, citizen-led funding initiatives, and to critical local ‘anchor’ organisations to continue their vital work and plan ahead. As part of this, we've awarded £250,000 for a Southwark-specific fund to support the local community's immediate needs, managed by United St Saviour’s Charity. We have committed the same amount for residents in Lambeth through a Lambeth-specific fund, managed by the Walcot Foundation.
Our programme strategy is underpinned by our belief that all children should have the opportunity to be healthy, no matter where they live. As we continue layering activities across our childhood obesity programme, some of our latest partnerships include:
Currently, there’s little evidence about who is at greatest risk of progression to multiple long-term health conditions or what is most effective in slowing down people’s journeys. That’s why, through our multiple long-term conditions programme, we’re focusing on these questions and testing approaches in Lambeth and Southwark. Recent investments include:
Last month, we launched our third urban health programme, on the health effects of air pollution. Over the next year, we want to deepen our understanding of the groups who are most vulnerable to poor air quality, and what we could do to protect their health.
We’re beginning to fund work as part of this new programme. We expect this work to be in the planning phase until the current health crisis passes. Two recent investments include:
29 July, 2020
Every two months, we share highlights of what we’ve been up to across our portfolio of programmes at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.
17 June, 2020
Announcing Andy Ratcliffe as our new Executive Director of Programmes.
11 June, 2020
Our decision to remove the statues of Thomas Guy and Robert Clayton from public view.