Rethinking Food Aid IFAN Conference 2018

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Chester

All Saints Hoole, Church Centre

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Rethinking Food Aid - Tickets: £5 for IFAN members and £10 for general admission.

Through a series of workshops, IFAN's 2018 conference will focus on the development of good food projects, rethinking referral systems and ways to move forward from "food banking".

IFAN will run the Rethinking Referral workshop as well as a session on Any Food or Good Food? And from Scotland, we will welcome Nourish Scotland to discuss their work on Dignity in Practice as well as A Menu for Change to elaborate on their project which prioritizes access to income over food parcels.

Rethinking Referral - Professor Jon May, IFAN, and Steph Ellis, The Welcome Network

Many independent as well as all Trussell Trust food banks use some kind of voucher and referral system. Drawing on the findings from a recent research project which looks at systems within both sectors, Jon May will explore the different reasons food bank managers offered for using these systems, referral agents’ and volunteers’ experiences of administering them, and clients’ experiences of using them.

Steph Ellis will go on to share how the complexity of referral systems is being addressed locally through The Welcome Network - a Cheshire West and Chester Council funded project within a Feeding Britain pilot area. As a partnership between West Cheshire Foodbank, Citizens Advice Cheshire West, and Healthbox, a public health CIC, The Welcome Network takes a holistic approach to food insecurity working to ensure that food is not given out in isolation.

Polly Jones, A Menu for Change

Food insecurity is rising across the UK. Experience in Canada and Scotland demonstrates how we can tackle it.

A Menu for Change is an innovative 3-year project - working with people with experience of acute income crisis, local authorities, advice services, food banks, community food initiatives and the DWP - to reduce the need for emergency food aid across Scotland. We are developing and testing local models to prevent income crises; sharing this best practice; and using our learning to change government policy and practice.

Pete Ritchie, Nourish Scotland, Dignity in Practice

Important progress has been made in Scotland to evolve the community response to food insecurity whilst tackling the root causes. The word ‘dignity’ comes up a lot - but what does this mean in practice?

Nourish Scotland and the Poverty Truth Commission worked in partnership with community food providers and people with lived experience to explore dignity – building on and supporting existing practice with learning, tools, and guidance.

In this workshop, Nourish Scotland will provide an overview of the political and practical context for the report. Using the tools developed, IFAN members and other participants will have an opportunity to apply the learning to their own work.

Any Food or Good Food?

Chris Sunderland, Real Economy and IFAN

Chris Sunderland will argue that the food aid movement can no longer avoid the health implications of a good diet. A poor diet is now the second most important cause of premature death amongst our most disadvantaged communities. He will describe one approach, called Real Economy, that is focused on providing fresh, locally grown food to those experiencing hardship in the context of meaningful work, building community life and re-imagining our food system.

Plan for 10am-5pm Saturday 15th September 2018

9.45-10.15am - Tea/Coffee and Registration

10.15-11.15am - Rethinking Referral

11.15-11.45am - BREAK

11.45am-1pm - A Menu for Change

1-2pm - LUNCH and Opening Event for the 'Behind Closed Doors' Exhibtion End Hunger UK at the same venue -

2-3.15pm - Dignity in Practice

3.15-3.45pm - BREAK

3.45-4.45pm - Any Food or Good Food?

4.45-5pm - Closing discussion



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All Saints Hoole, Church Centre

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