Feeding Derbyshire Symposium 

What else can we do to address food insecurity in Derbyshire?

Connecting people with food policy makers, getting the food poverty back on the table! 

Tuesday 18th June 2019 at 

Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale, near Matlock

10.00 am to 3.30 pm

This is the first county convention bringing together people with lived experience of food insecurity, experts in food distribution and Health & Social Policy and Welfare Rights, to discuss the near-term and future, of the food agenda programme, in a budget-constrained environment.

The symposium aims to provide new insights into the escalating issues around food poverty – be that changes to welfare, Universal Credit, continued austerity, the impact of the Brexit negotiations, access to affordable, good quality, healthy food, the continued rise in cost of living, wages stagnation, leading to the continued need for local foodbanks. It will look at how to develop them, how to fund them, and what agencies can do to help people that need them?

More specifically in the morning we are running a World Café[1] to discuss the:

-  Current local situation and how best to raise funds for and awareness about, food poverty work

-  Impact of welfare rights changes including UC

-  How we can all use food surplus better, including making the most of the FareShare Hubs

-  Improving communications and developing local networks

-  How can we influence policy and decision makers locally, countywide and nationally   

The event is designed to give everyone an opportunity to learn more about the issues, help each other and speak directly to policy-makers who can help make a continued difference. We are bringing together people who care about food hardship in the county, who are working relentlessly so no one has to spend a day hungry in Derbyshire including:

  • Foodbanks and food projects
  • Community groups, local church groups and voluntary sector organisations
  • Policy Makers in District and Borough Councils as well as service providers like Job Centres, Welfare Rights advisors, NHS Mental Health Services, Public Health workers and Schools

The Symposium will present one question to make sure this agenda is back on the table: what else can we do to address food insecurity in Derbyshire? We’re inviting people to share their opinions on the issues and causes. We are going to dig deep into what else we might do to address the issue as well as explore how we can help scale up local solutions that work, placing a high value on the experiences of those directly affected.

We will use what we learn in the morning to prepare set of choices to be included in the new Feeding Derbyshire Strategy which will define what a hunger free county looks like.

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For more information or to book a place, please contact Jo Peck on 01629 592978, [email protected]

[1] A World Café or Knowledge Café is a structured conversational process for knowledge sharing in which groups of people discuss a topic at several tables, with individuals switching tables periodically and getting introduced to the previous discussion at their new table by a "table host".