Monthly Archives: October 2021

Food Poverty – A Community Solution – Rochdale Metropolitan Council

4th October, 2021 / Andrew

Rochdale is ranked the 15th most deprived borough in England based on a rank of the average for LSOAs in the area (defined in the Indices of Deprivation). Many of the people in the borough were already significantly disadvantaged when the pandemic struck. Its primary impact was on food and poverty. The initial response saw ...

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Addressing food insecurity with VCS partners – Newcastle City Council

4th October, 2021 / Andrew

During COVID-19, Newcastle City Council developed a joint response to address food insecurity alongside local voluntary and community sector (VCS) partners, schools and businesses.  Initially over 40 organisations supported residents affected by food insecurity who had to self-isolate or were affected financially because of the virus.  Food parcels, hot meals and essential items were provided, ...

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The Blankfaces: Reversing Social Decay – Glasgow City Council

30th September, 2021 / Andrew

The Blankfaces, based in Glasgow, is the UK’s first fashion label aimed at ending homelessness.  Formed in 2016, from modest beginnings near the city’s famous Barrowland Ballroom, the social enterprise has grown to become a vibrant element of Glasgow’s fashion sector. Each of their designs is inspired or created by a homeless person, this inspiration ...

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Collaborative Alliance supporting those in Food Poverty – Torbay Council

3rd September, 2021 / Andrew

When the pandemic hit it became apparent very quickly that there was an increasing number of residents in Torbay who needed support in accessing food. To tackle this Torbay Council, who are committed to being cooperative, helped facilitate the Torbay Food Alliance, a consortium of 10 food banks and community voluntary organisations. When the Food ...

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Reducing Poverty in Brent – Brent Council

5th August, 2021 / Andrew

Poverty is increasingly an outer London problem. The urgency of the issue has been reinforced by the pandemic, which has proved just how easy it can be to experience poverty – but also how much can be achieved by local action. Brent council has long been committed to tackling poverty, the blight it casts on ...

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Growing Food, Growing Healthy Communities – Lambeth GP Food Co-op

25th March, 2021 / Andrew

Founded in 2013, the Lambeth GP Food Co-op is an innovative co-operative of patients, doctors, nurses, and residents creating food growing spaces across the 45 general practice (GP) surgeries in the London borough of Lambeth.  The co-op’s objective is to transform unused land in GP surgeries (e.g. alleyways or scrubland) into food growing spaces. Patients ...

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Establishing a Covid-19 Support Hub – South Tyneside Council

6th October, 2020 / Andrew

Council staff collaborated with the community and voluntary sectors to offer immediate help to those at the greatest risk. Covid-19 has had a profound effect on all aspects of life in South Tyneside – including employment, income, education, physical and mental health, social isolation and mobility. The Council was acutely aware that, while taking the ...

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Homelessness – Cardiff Council

6th October, 2020 / Andrew

Cardiff Council took over two large hotels and re-purposed two new shipping container schemes to provide safe and self-contained accommodation for rough sleepers, homeless clients and people living in unsuitable emergency accommodation. The Council had to rapidly address homelessness in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, protecting rough sleepers, allowing people who were in emergency ...

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Tackling Poverty Moving Forwards – Brent Council

6th October, 2020 / Andrew

A Poverty Commission was created to find out why so many of Brent’s residents are poor and what can be done about it. In recent years poverty has significantly increased as an outer London problem, a situation made much worse by Covid-19. The Council decided it needed a thorough understanding of poverty in the borough. ...

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Tackling Food Poverty – Rochdale Borough Council

6th October, 2020 / Andrew

Emergency community response and ongoing sustainable solution around food. Rochdale is a borough with high levels of deprivation so those who suffered most during the pandemic were already at a disadvantage. The primary impacts of Covid-19 in the Rochdale borough were on food, poverty, social connection and digital exclusion. The Council identified cohorts of people ...

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Helping tenants to keep their homes – Hull City Council

4th March, 2020 / Nicola, CCIN

Welfare reform presents significant challenges with Hull being the fourth most deprived local authority and the Council having two-thirds of tenants in receipt of means test support, and responsible for 23,500 properties.  Hull’s approach needed to change in order to prevent homelessness and respond to mental health concerns whilst ensuring that the service remained viable ...

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Making an End to Rough Sleeping a Reality – Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

4th October, 2019 / Nicola, CCIN

The challenge Since 2010, rough sleeping has increased by 165% in the UK. Following the financial crash, homelessness became increasingly commonplace across the country. In Greater Manchester however, our goal is to end the need for rough sleeping by May 2020, alongside developing a 10-year strategy to prevent and reduce homelessness. Greater Manchester’s successes The ...

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Partnership approach to tackling holiday hunger – Royal Borough of Greenwich

19th May, 2019 / Nicola, CCIN

The past decade has seen increases in rates of food poverty across the country. Over the last decade, incomes after housing costs have fallen and food prices have risen in real terms. For many low income families this has meant that it has been real struggle to provide good quality, nutritious meals for their children. ...

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Food and Fun – Cardiff Council

15th May, 2019 / Nicola, CCIN

The School Holiday Enrichment Programme (SHEP) is an award-winning, multi-agency programme which provides good-quality meals, nutrition skills, sports education and enrichment activities to children living in areas of need in Wales. SHEP was developed and piloted in Cardiff during summer 2015 by Education Catering at Cardiff Council, the Public Health Dietetic Team from Cardiff & ...

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Co-operative education catering service – Southampton City Council

5th March, 2019 / Nicola, CCIN

Since spinning out from the local council in April 2015, we have transformed the way that we serve our local community. City Catering Southampton has evolved from being a provider of meals to a non-for-profit organisation who believes that great quality food, served with kindness and care is a right, not a privilege. Now, the ...

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Grow Share Cook – Plymouth City Council

13th August, 2018 / Nicola, CCIN

Grow, Share, Cook is a volunteer-based project in Plymouth that addresses food poverty, healthy eating and building social connections. Since 2014, it has: Provided 23,360 meals to 1,611 people Involved 86 volunteer growers, drivers and cooks with some of the cooks drawn from people who themselves have been receiving food bags Resulted in 85% of ...

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Fuel Poverty – targeting households – The Behaviouralist

3rd April, 2018 / Nicola, CCIN

Fuel poverty – living on a lower income in a home which cannot be kept warm at a reasonable cost –  is a big issue for local government. According to the Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics Report 2017 (2015 ONS Data) currently, over 2.5 million households have to choose between heating their house and other essential ...

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Oldham Food Network – Oldham Council

29th March, 2018 / Nicola, CCIN

What is it? The Oldham Food Network… Is a community-led organisation – run by local people, for local people Brings together groups from communities across Oldham involved in food activity Engages members Borough-wide Read more…

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