We are a 'community benefit society' and our constitution focuses on providing benefit to the wider community.
Lambeth has a population of 325,000 people, 14,000 of whom have more than one long term health condition, such as arthritis, heart disease or persistent pain.
We are creating benefits to the local community by offering food growing to local people in their GP surgeries. In particular, we benefit the Lambeth inner city community by addressing an unmet need amongst the older patient population. We are building a 'Lambeth model' of a community-led health co-operative which is aligned with Lambeth's aspiration to be a co-opertative council and we work alongside other initiatives such as the Lambeth Food Partnership and Urban Growth and Progress. We are also leading the Health and Hunger work as part of the Feeding Lambeth initiative.
The Lambeth GP Food Co-op enables people to meet other people with an interest in growing vegetables together. This not only helps combat social isolation, it also builds confidence. The joy of growing your own tomatoes, or courgette, not only develops confidence, it benefits the health of the individual.
The food that is grown is distributed and sold to NHS staff as well as to NHS hospital caterers. So the GP Food Co-op not only enables and empowers local people to learn new skills, to be confident and sociable, it also makes a valuable contribution to the local economy.
The Kings Fund have published a report outlining the evidence for the positive impact gardens and gardening, as well as access to green spaces, can have on people with recommendations for NHS organisations.
Gardens and health: Implications for policy and practice, David Buck, May 2016
This report looks at the impact of gardens and gardening on health and wellbeing, and explores what the NHS and the wider health and social care system can do to maximise this impact.
Dr David Wickstead, Corner Surgery, Coldharbour Lane
"I feel good as a doctor because it’s something other than medicine that I can prescribe, and I’ve only seen positive benefits in the people who come here.... One patient told me that her blood pressure was much more controlled since she’d been coming to the garden project. …I’ve actually seen less of them which surely must be a good sign."
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We need your money to help us to continue our work in 2018.
Please help us keep the Lambeth GP Food Co-op alive and thriving and enable us to build on the hard work, dedication and commitment of patients, volunteers, surgery staff and doctors and nurses.
You can donate with a card or Paypal. All donations large or small will be gratefully accepted.
Every penny we receive will be spent on the work of the Lambeth GP Food Co-op, which is a non profit organisation.
61 Crown Dale, Upper Norwood, SE19 3NY
To be confirmed
Dr Nico Scaravilli or Sheila Ryan, Practice Manager on 0208 761 6259
115 Norwood Road, SE24 9AE
Grantham Road, Stockwell, London SW9 9DL
Wednesdays 10.00am – 12.00pm
Luz Franco or talk to the practice manager.
99 Coldharbour Lane, London SE5 9ES
Garden at Jennie Lee House, King's College Hospital, de Crespigny Road, London SE5 8AD
Carine Ndive on 0207 274 4507 or Dr David Wickstead
72 Clarence Avenue, Clapham, SW4 8JP
Rebecca Macnair or talk to the Practice Manager
2-8 Gracefield Gardens, SW16 2ST
Inside main foyer
Tuesdays 10am to 11am
Grantham Road, Stockwell, London SW9 9DL
Dr Mohah Sharaf on 0207 733 6191
Jennie Lee Garden, De Crespigny Park Road, SE5 9RS
Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm
Carine Ndive on 0207 274 4507 or firstname.lastname@example.org
5 Lambeth Walk, London, SE11 6SP
Tuesdays 14.00am – 16.00pm
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The next Lambeth GP Food Co-op market stall will be held on Thursday 28 June 2018 at Kings College Hospital. We will be in the Wellbeing staff restaurant between 12-2pm.
Thanks to Medirest and the patients (people who are members of the Food Coop) and the Corner Surgery staff who run the stall.
Posted at 13:45 on 04/12/2017
Monthly Produce Stall at King’s College Hospital, Thursday 26th October from 12 – 2pm at the Wellspring Restaurant, Hambleden Wing, King’s College Hospital.
In partnership with Medirest, the Lambeth GP Food Co-op run a stall on the last Thursday of each month at King’s College Hospital to sell the produce grown by patients at our food growing sites.
Posted at 17:56 on 04/10/2017
Next event: On Thursday 5 October we will be holding our annual general meeting. With advance notice, anyone with an interest in the Lambeth GP Food Coop is welcome to attend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In other news: Autumn is here and the last harvest has taken place but there's still a lot growing in the gardens. The leeks, parsnips, brussell sprouts etc are flourishing at the Lambeth Walk Practice.
Posted at 16:56 on 04/10/2017
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