Our work in Southwark is part of a larger and ground-breaking approach to tackle childhood obesity led and funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity (GSTC). Their Faraday Ward Neighbourhood project is layering multiple interventions in a small geographical area, with the goal of seeing how different initiatives working together can promote healthier diets and more physical activity to help tackle the problem of childhood obesity.

Faraday has the highest levels of childhood poverty and childhood obesity in Southwark. The aim of this five year programme is to try and break the link between obesity and deprivation and create environments that make the healthy thing to do, the easy thing to do.

Over the next two years we aim to recruit 250 families on to the Rose Vouchers for Fruit & Veg project in the Faraday Ward. Working in partnership with the local children’s centre network run by 1st Place, the Southwark Markets team and traders at East Street Market we hope to increase the consumption of fruit & veg amongst local families.  

One mum from the area spoke about the value of the Rose Voucher project in bringing people together: “Meeting other people in a similar situation, sharing ideas on cooking and other parent to parent support helps create a community. That’s important.”

The project will work alongside other interventions being run by project partners and also funded by GSTC: Bags of Taste, School Food Matters, Sustrans, Burgess Sports.