We work with others and fund projects in deprived areas to help tackle major urban health issues
Some of the biggest health challenges in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, where we work, are also issues of national and international importance, from obesity to poor mental health. By bringing a place-based focus to our work, we aim to build deeper understanding of what it takes to address these types of complex health challenges.
We’re currently working on two issues: reducing childhood obesity and slowing people's progression to multiple long-term conditions. We chose these because they are prevalent where we work, complex in nature, and of interest beyond our boroughs. We will begin our next programme in 2019.
Since 2017, we've taken a place-based approach to health, focusing on the specificity of our area, its assets and challenges. We create partnerships to address the many different causes of complex health challenges. Using our funding and expertise, we back evidenced approaches from around the world, home-grown initiatives and exciting, brand-new ideas.
We work at three scales:
We do this through:
We draw on all our different resources in support of these goals – including financial support but also our relationships and networks, our ability to take risks and a long-term view, and our position as an owner of property and other assets.
In practice, this means we can offer different types of funding, as well as non-financial support. We can give grants and many other types of investment, including debt and equity investments. We make introductions, build collaborations and bring in world-class specialists and local experts to support the organisations we fund.
We also try to tread lightly as a funder and be responsive to feedback. We don’t have lengthy application forms but rather focus on starting supportive relationships to co-produce projects with great people and organisations. We’re also looking at other ways of making our relationships with the people we fund as productive as possible: listening, understanding and meeting needs so that we can help organisations be the best they can be, and become the best funder we can be.
02 May, 2019
As an urban health foundation, we explore how living in cities impacts on people’s health and wellbeing. We use our own insights and learn from others, identifying what works to inform practice and policy.
30 April, 2019
Our Neighbourhood Schemes focus on driving change around a health issue within a small geography or defined community, targeting the issue from many angles.
18 April, 2019
We take a place-based approach to addressing complex health issues prevalent in urban areas, focused on driving better health locally and testing whole-system solutions.