May 29, 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 through this difficult time and grown our team to help us achieve our ambitious goals to tackle urban health issues in South London. Where needed, we have refocused our work to minimise the impact of the pandemic on our local communities and on the partners we work with, both now and in the longer term.
As part of a wider effort to understand the needs of people living in our boroughs during this time, we will be working with The Social Change Agency who are specialists in community engagement, to understand people's experience of COVID-19. We have invested £99,900 in this digital project that will collect stories, insights and ideas, checking in with a group of residents repeatedly over the next 12 weeks.
In the last couple of months, we’ve supported some exciting new projects through our childhood obesity programme as we continue to layer-up activity at a neighbourhood, borough and national scale.
Our focus has been to understand how wider economic and social drivers impact the health of people living with a long-term condition in five neighbourhoods in Lambeth and Southwark. Recent investments include:
In our newly launched air pollution programme, we’re funding work to look at what people’s experience during this period might mean for our programme over the next year.
Adolescent mental health is a major issue in the UK, with one in eight children and young people experiencing a diagnosed condition. Research shows that those from families on low incomes are almost four times as likely to have a behavioural disorder and more than twice as likely to have an emotional disorder than those from families on higher incomes. As we have seen across our programmes inequality is a key determinant of mental as well as physical health.
We are currently in the exploratory phase of our new adolescent mental health programme, collecting qualitative and quantitative data to identify the unique role we can play in addressing the issue. We plan to start developing the programme in the autumn – commissioning projects to test and learn how we can make the biggest impact.
We are not currently inviting ideas, but if you have insights that could help shape our new programme, please contact Tamsyn Roberts. For more information on the programme’s development, please visit the page on our website.
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.