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.

Since the launch of the Rose Vouchers project in Southwark in May 2018, we have supported nearly 250 families to access fresh fruit and vegetables this community. The project here works in partnership with the local children’s centre network run by 1st Place, the Southwark Markets team and traders at East Street Market. In 2019 we were delighted to expand the distribution of the vouchers to PACT (Parents and Communities Together) who empower parents and improve the health and development outcomes for young children.

One mum from the area spoke about the value of the Rose Vouchers 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.”