Gipsy Hill Food Village Hub - A Community-led Approach to Positively Influencing the Local Food System
PHE ePoster Library. Cunningham V. Sep 12, 2017; 186536; 240
Vida Cunningham
Vida Cunningham
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Abstract IntroductionThe Lambeth Gipsy Hill 'Food Village Hub' initiative took place in a deprived ward of the borough. Like many inner city areas, the population faces challenges to its food system impacting on health and wellbeing.The aim was to test out a residents' led localised approach by: • Releasing local potential through knowledge, skills and networking • Providing opportunities e.g. employment to ensure sustainability beyond the project • Supporting and building on local assets and cohesion by facilitating stronger connections between the different communities themselves and relevant local organisations and servicesMethodThis included• Area baseline research, asset mapping and stakeholder engagement • Consultation with residents to identify the key priority issues around food including using specific techniques to capture the views of the “less- heard voices” e.g. older people, BME groups, those with mental and physical disabilities. • Development and implementation of resident led food related projects. • Evaluation and Sustainability arrangmentsResults• Over 14,000 households had the opportunity to engage and identify solutions to food issues • Residents were supported to develop ideas and submit proposals• Projects were funded and delivered by residents and local community organisations. These included, nutrition training, community tree planting and growing, aquaponics, a fruit and vegetable market, food poverty and waste projects and recruitment of a young apprentice.• Networks developed and strengthened supporting co-operation and project pump-primingConclusion• More relationships built within and between ward stakeholders and across borough organisations• Sustainability and legacy in place building on local assets, knowledge and expertise External funding details Mayor of London (Lambeth Food Flagship)
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