Supporting collaboration to improve child health
Working with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity to facilitate relationship building, learning and sharing in Lambeth and Southwark to tackle Childhood Obesity.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity is an independent, urban health foundation which works to improve health in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. They have a ten-year programme to improve children’s health in urban areas by tackling childhood obesity.
The charity funds and works with a range of organisations to deliver projects and conduct research. Sharing learning across these projects and organisations in a systematic way is vitally important. It means they can work together more effectively, share what works and maximise their impact in reducing childhood obesity in Lambeth and Southwark.
Kaleidoscope Health and Care is working with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity for two years to support the Childhood Obesity Programme Network.
The network has been designed to facilitate relationship building, learning and sharing amongst the partners funded by Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Charity.
The work that Kaleidoscope is delivering includes:
- a discovery phase to understand the needs of the network members through interviews and surveys
- then a testing and learning phase with workshops to co-design the network, followed by a launch event with network members
- a series of learning events designed to build and sustain relationships, explore local issues, share experiences and best practices.
- regular communication through newsletters and a microsite to share learnings and updates and foster a feeling of community
- insights from network members being incorporated into the wider Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity learning programme
- ongoing evaluation and impact measurement of the collaboration.
Speaking about the network, Jessica Attard, Portfolio Manager for the childhood obesity programme at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity said:
Through the network, I hope to build trusted relationships between our partners so that they’re better able to learn from one another, improve their practice and to collaborate – improving outcomes for children in South London. I’m so pleased to have the Kaleidoscope team’s expertise and thoughtfulness on this project, helping us and our partners to get maximum value from the network.