Lambeth GP Food Co-op is putting Social Prescribing into action

We build gardens in GP surgeries so everyone who wishes to learn how to grow food can do so in a safe, secure and supported environment. 

Our GP garden communities provide a space and a reason for people to socialise, learn and grow food together. People who participate are improving their own health and wellbeing.

This results in people feeling less isolated and better in themselves and, as GPs are now reporting, they don't require so many appointments. 

  • Social Prescribing - the new 'pill' for London

    "I went to see the doctors about signs of depression and she suggested the gardening club"

  • A royal visit to help celebrate our 6th anniversary

    We were honoured by the presence of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to our 6th anniversary celebration at the Stockwell Community Centre on 7th February.

    Attended by patients and GPs from Lambeth as well as many other well wishers from across London, Her Royal Highness kindly agreed to cut this extraordianary cake, specially-baked by Jonathan Wilsmhurst, Denise, Kevin, Kimberley, Laura and Helen from the Grantham Practice.

    Her Royal Highness’ visit recognises the positive contributions that the Co-op has made to the health of local people living with long term conditions as well as the sustainability of the health and social care system.  

    In a short speech, Dr Michael Dixon, NHS national Clinical Lead for Social Prescribing drew attention to our Co-op's value to the wider NHS community as a model of social prescribing in action:

    "Food is the single most important factor in health and disease. But what you are achieving is not just about food. It is about physical activity and social interaction which are also very important for health.  You are also leading the way in connecting general practice with its community and enabling it to offer something beyond pills and potions." 

  • Who can the GP Food Co-op help?

    “As a person with depression and anxiety problems, I find the project a good way to meet people and combat a sense of isolation I often feel. It has also motivated me to utilise my balcony space to grow food and has also reignited my love of cooking....”

  • Simone's story

    Simone lives alone. She has lived in Lambeth all her life, bringing up three children whilst holding down a job at the local hospital. Her children have moved out of London, and most days they phone her but sometimes they forget. Simone gets by, but the diabetes is a bother and it's getting her down...

    Some days she doesn’t leave the house. Her neighbour Rita brought Simone to the Lambeth GP Food Co-op garden at her local GP surgery. Simone wasn't that keen to go but Rita thought a few hours away from her flat would do her good. Simone loved it.  Everyone was friendly and welcoming. Simone made new friends and is looking forward to going back again.  She enjoys being in a garden with people who are friendly and who she can trust. Lambeth GP Food Co-op has helped hundreds of people like Simone to meet new friends and learn how to grow food together. We know there are more like Simone out there. They are not hard to reach, but our job is to make it happen. This is where you come in. We need your help to continue our work. Thank you from Lambeth GP Food Co-op.
  • Crown Dale Medical Centre

    Where?

    61 Crown Dale, Upper Norwood, SE19 3NY

    When?

    To be confirmed

    Who to contact:

    Dr Nico Scaravilli or Sheila Ryan, Practice Manager on 0208 761 6259

  • Norwood Road

    Where?

    115 Norwood Road, SE24 9AE

    When?

    To be confirmed

    Who to contact:

    gpfoodcoop@gmail.com 

  • Beckett House Surgery

    Where?

    Grantham Road, Stockwell, London SW9 9DL 

    When?

    Wednesdays 10.00am – 12.00pm

    Who to contact:

    Luz Franco or talk to the practice manager.

  • Corner Surgery

    Where?

    99 Coldharbour Lane, London SE5 9ES

    Garden at Jennie Lee House, King's College Hospital, de Crespigny Road, London SE5 8AD

    When?

    Wednesdays 10.00am – 12.00pm

    Who to contact:

    Carine Ndive on 0207 274 4507 or Dr David Wickstead

  • Clapham Park Group Practice

    Where?

    72 Clarence Avenue, Clapham, SW4 8JP

    When?

    To be confirmed

    Who to contact:

    Rebecca Macnair or talk to the Practice Manager

  • Gracefield Gardens/Streatham High Practice

    Where?

    2-8 Gracefield Gardens, SW16 2ST

    Inside main foyer

    When?

    Tuesdays 10am to 11am

    Who to contact:

    gpfoodcoop@gmail.com

  • Grantham Practice

    Where?

    Grantham Road, Stockwell, London SW9 9DL

    When?

    Wednesdays 10.00am – 12.00pm

    Who to contact:

    Dr Mohah Sharaf on 0207 733 6191

  • King's College Hospital

    Where?

    Jennie Lee Garden, De Crespigny Park Road, SE5 9RS

    When?

    Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm

    Who to contact:

    Carine Ndive on 0207 274 4507 or gpfoodcoop@gmail.com

    Lambeth GP Food Co-op also holds monthly stall at King’s college hospital. For more detail, please click here. 

     

  • Lambeth Walk Group Practice

    Where?

    5 Lambeth Walk, London, SE11 6SP 

    When?

    Tuesdays 14.00am – 16.00pm

    Who to contact:

    Email Dr Rajiv Mitra at r.mitra@nhs.net 

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