Engaging with Communities to influence their local Food System in order to improve their Health and Wellbeing
PHE ePoster Library. Cunningham V. 09/13/16; 138140; 25
Vida Cunningham
Vida Cunningham
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Abstract IntroductionLambeth population faces challenges to its food system including how food is produced, processed, procured, distributed, consumed and its impact on health and wellbeing. Over the past years, extensive work has taken place in the borough around food, leading to the borough being awarded 'Food Flagship' status in 2014.One of the Flagship projects was to implement a resident led approach to addressing the local food system in a deprived ward . The aim was to:Raise the awareness of local residents, communities and stakeholders on local food issuesEmpowering the community to take actionUsing food to develop and foster connectivity between local residents, organisations and borough wide servicesMethod/ApproachThis consisted of the following stages:Stage One : Mapping of food related assets, collation of baseline data and engagement with local stakeholdersStage Two: Engagement and consultation with residents using multi-method approach ensuring feedback of results to residentsStage Three: Prioritisation of residents' food issues and solutions.Stage Four: Supporting the development of resident led food projects related to the prioritiesResultsThe mapping, engagement and consultation with residents provided a wealth of information and insight on resident led solutions to a healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systemConclusionResident led food projects are being developed in the ward. These consist of improving access to healthy food, food growing, addressing food waste, supporting local food business and enterprise including development of local food markets and food skills development of local residents.
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