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 food poverty action plans. These will explore different tools for community participation, voice 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 pilot will receive up to £5K to support the involvement of the food poverty alliance.
The application period is now open for alliance's to register their interest in engaging experts by experience. Read more about the guidelines for involvement and how to apply.
Each year we'll do a network-wide Food Power Push to bring attention to an issue of common concern and opportunity. The topics will be chosen based on consultation with alliance members and announced at the start of each year. Our work on this theme will involve
In January 2018 the first Food Power Push will be announced and the application process will open for alliances to apply for up to £5k funding for work in this area.
As a part of the programme, we will produce evaluation tools which can be used widely across the sector to demonstrate the impact of food poverty projects. This will involve carrying out in-depth evaluation of the impact of the programme in a selection of areas, in collaboration with our evaluation partner at Cardiff University; learning which can then be rolled out across the remaining alliances.
Alliances will be able to apply to deliver an evaluation pilot. This can involve developing and trialling evaluation tools or hosting a deep-dive evaluation of the programme's impact. Participating alliances will receive up to £5K to enable their involvement.
Key dates for 2018-2019
1: Northern Ireland alliance development financial support opens for applications (read more)
23: Webinar: People powered change: How to engage decision-makers (full recording)
4: North West Regional Learning Network (TBC)
22: DEADLINE for Northern Ireland alliance development financial applications (read more)
26: Sustainable Food Cities Conference (Cardiff)
27: Food Power Conference (Cardiff)
12 South East Regional Learning Network meeting (Brighton)
19: South West Regional Learning Network meeting (Plymouth)
3: Financial support open for applications on alliance development and local evaluation
3: Peer mentor recruitment opens for North West, North East & Yorkshire, South West and East of England
26: Food Power webinar (topic TBC)
25: Food Power webinar (topic TBC)
2: DEADLINE for alliance development, local evaluation and peer mentor applications
20: Food Power webinar (topic TBC)
19: Food Power webinar (topic TBC)
14: Financial support open for applications on annual theme and engaging experts by experience
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.