Welcome to the CHIPS summer update
What’s happening: Celebrating over 7,500 lives impacted in Ghana
On Tuesday 9th May The Right Reverend Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark led the team in a reflection on peace and how Jesus' teachings influence our peacemaking work in Brixton and Ghana.
Joining Josh on a short walk around the estate, Bishop Christopher met with some of the local community, including Mary (pictured below) who runs a local community initiative very near to us on the estate.
The clinics in Nakpayili and surrounding areas are under an enormous strain. Waiting times are long, and costs are high. Many also face a long journey along hot and dangerous roads if they want to see a nurse or doctor, taking them away from work or school.
Easter reflections from Josh Grear, our Brixton Team Leader:
We are starting to provide vital mental health provision to hard-to-reach members of the community through an innovative new approach, bringing therapeutic support to the streets.
In Lambeth, only 17% of mental health need is being met, and thousands are being left without support. For young people, the effects of this is huge: about half of all lifetime mental health disorders start by the age of 14; 75% will have started before the age of 24.
Addressing food security is a big priority for the majority of communities in Northern Ghana. Volatile food prices caused by unstable supply is the new norm. Many families faced with higher food prices can only cope by pulling their children out of school and cutting back on medication.
We are delighted to announce that the Big Lottery Fund are supporting us as we build peace between young people from two gang affected neighbourhoods: Angell Town and Clapham Park. Recent Met statistics show a 35% increase in knife crime with injury across Lambeth, and the impact of this spike is felt daily by young people on these estates.