Concepts of a Good Society:
The Response of Civil Society to Food Poverty
I4P has been working with West Cheshire’s Food Bank to offer leadership and participatory project development training. The Food Bank are working with I4P to support its volunteers who identified the wish to develop projects in West Cheshire connected to their food bank volunteering. I4P is offering a series of leadership development sessions with volunteers to support them in the volunteer led development of the Food Bank.
PUBLICATION: JULY 2016
University of Oxford and University of Chester researchers have today revealed findings from one of the most systematic and detailed studies yet conducted of people receiving emergency food in the UK.
The #stillhungry report draws on two years of detailed statistical data from West Cheshire Foodbank, part of the UK-wide Trussell Trust Foodbank Network, and makes several recommendations for practical ways in which the need for the foodbank could be reduced.
MEETING: JUNE 2016
Concepts of a Good Society: The Response of Civil Society to Food Poverty
Hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty.
What makes a Good Society? In conversation with Adrian Curtis, Foodbank Network Director at the Trussell Trust, Professor John Diamond and Katy Goldstraw from Edge Hill University will present interim findings on the response of civil society to poverty and inequality in the UK through the lens of food aid. Read more about this event…
JANUARY – JUNE 2016
Digital Mapping Project
I4P has been working with West Cheshire Food Bank to support their volunteers and held a number of sessions developed to capture the diverse range of perspectives and experiences of the individuals who attended them. The sessions, which included plenty of discussion and listening, as well as small group conversations and activities, concluded with a volunteer led development of three organisational priorities. These priorities were shared with West Cheshire Food Bank Trustees in their June meeting, and this discussion will be shared with the volunteer led group at a meeting in July 2016.
From the process of organisational development emerged a complementary project: ‘Mapping places of welcome across various localities in Cheshire West and Chester.’ Volunteers went out into pilot areas – Blacon and Wesley churches, and asked people using the food bank and other volunteers, ‘Where do you find community?’ This was recorded onto flip charts which then were worked up into these two images:
The ‘Where do you find Community?’ mapping project was the beginning of a digital mapping project that I4P and Edge Hill University will be hosting with our community partners. The digital mapping project will go live later this year.
PUBLICATION: MARCH 2016
Pop Up Cooking
Foodbank and Pop Up’s latest initiative: a 20-page downloadable Recipe Booklet. Eat much better for much less!
Pop Up Cooking happens in places where people gather, providing an easy way for anyone to cook cheap, nutritious meals together and share ideas. If you want to eat much better for much less, as well as begin to share your experiences with others, click here to download the booklet.
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