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Lambeth wins £36m lottery grant to improve child health

 
NHS Lambeth CCG along with other local organisations including the National Children's Bureau, Lambeth Council, Lambeth and Southwark Public Health, and King's Health Partners has been successful in its bid for £36m from the Big Lottery Fund to improve the health of children in Lambeth.

The £36million will be used in Coldharbour, Stockwell, Tulse Hill and Vassall in Lambeth over 10 years as part of the Lambeth Early Action Partnership project (LEAP). LEAP is a partnership between parents and carers, their babies, infants and children, practitioners, academics, community groups and senior leaders from across the voluntary sector, local authority, police, health and schools. In addition to the funding from National Lottery, the programme partners are collectively investing £1.8million.

The project aims to improve the health of children in Lambeth and to reduce inequalities between children from the richest and poorest families. To achieve this goal the programme focuses on four areas: diet and nutrition; social and emotional development, communication and language; and systems changes like better information sharing between organisations. Around 1000 babies are born each year in the four wards included and the number of under-fives is expected to increase by 10% in the next decade.

Dr Adrian McLachlan, Chair of NHS Lambeth CCG which is one of the LEAP partners said: "This is fantastic news for Lambeth. The research shows that this kind of early intervention has a huge impact on the future health and wellbeing of young people and prevent long-term physical and mental health conditions from developing in later life.

He added: "We are looking forward to being involved in the delivery of a hugely innovative new project with the National Children's Bureau, with local families and with our NHS and other partners in the Borough. This will make a real difference to the lives of more than 10,000 babies and children growing up in Lambeth."

For more information about 'A Better Start' go to www.biglotteryfund.org.uk.