We're testing the combination of food and activity initiatives in Faraday ward, an area in Southwark that has high rates of child obesity. We’re working with organisations like Alexandra Rose (which provides vouchers for families to spend on fruit and vegetables), Bags of Taste (which runs cooking classes for people on low budgets) and Sustrans (a national body which promotes cycling). We plan to learn from the process of setting up this collective effort for how best to replicate the model elsewhere.
We’re working with the Lambeth-based charity Health Education Link Service (HELS) and GPs at Hurley Group . HELS is a charity that works with local schools and health professionals to connect up health and education services. This includes running activities with teachers and parents around healthy eating. We want to understand how the role of connector services such as theirs could help with an issue such as childhood obesity.