During the first year of the programme we will run three pilot projects to trial approaches that engage experts by experience in setting the strategy of a food poverty alliance and developing action plans. These will explore different tools for community participation and empowerment which will then be delivered in a further 12 areas over the following years. The pilots will run from March 2018 - March 2019 and will receive support from programme staff and a strong process to evaluate what works well.
Each year the network focuses action and financial support on a key issue of common concern and opportunity. The theme is chosen based on consultation with alliance members and announced at the start of each year. For 2018-2019 the focus is on action to maximise family income and six member alliances have received financial support for projects on this theme. We also host monthly webinars on related topics, which feature speakers from local alliances sharing details of their work in this area.
Key dates for 2018-2019
1: South East Regional Learning Network meeting (Brighton & Hove)
9: East of England Regional Learning Network meeting (Colchester)
16: End Hunger UK conference (London)
29: North East & Yorkshire Regional Learning Network (Newcastle)
2: DEADLINE for alliance development, local evaluation and peer mentor applications
8: Webinar: Older people's access to food and meals on wheels
17: North West Regional Learning Network (Liverpool)
19: Webinar (topic TBC)
14: Financial support open for applications on annual theme and engaging experts by experience
21: North East & Yorkshire Regional Learning Network (York)
25: Local evaluation methodology workshop (TBC)
31: North West Regional Learning Network (Preston)
1: DEADLINE for annual theme and engaging experts by experience financial support applications
For further information about any of the key dates or events above, please contact Maddie Guerlain.