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  1. Food and Local Policy – 10 years of a Food Partnership Vic Borill, Brighton & Hove Food Partnership Vic@bhfood.org.uk www.bhfood.org.uk @harvestbh

  2. The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership • A non-profit organisation that helps people learn to cook, to eat a healthy diet, to grow their own food and to waste less food. • Work with individuals • Work with groups • Work at a strategy and policy level

  3. Direct service delivery work Individuals • 800 + people a year via our Healthy Weight Referral service • Sign post volunteers to community projects • Members – 3700 – info via e news, twitter etc • Deliver cookery lessons and Love Food Hate Waste workshops • Training for health, social care professionals

  4. Community development role - Groups • 75 growing projects - During 2013, 4,000 people were involved in community gardening, contributing 15,000 hours of their time to growing food locally • Community cafes (22) • Community compost schemes (30 schemes 807 households) • Cookery – lunch clubs, cookery groups

  5. Putting food at the heart of the solutions

  6. The idea is born (2003) Key people: • PCT health promotion • Council sustainability • Community groups • Local campaigners andresidents • Food Matters

  7. Childhood (2004-6) • Mapping local food, ‘Food Shed’ report • ‘Spade to Spoon’ event • Food Partnership formally founded • Strategy and action plan (2006)

  8. Growing up (2007) • Not-for-profit, independent, politically neutral • Membership organisation, with elected board • One member of staff • Events • Newsletter • Website

  9. Teenage years (2008-12) • PCT funding for Food for a Healthy Future • Lottery funding for Harvest project on food growing • Core strategy, waste strategy responses • Council funding for food waste campaign • Gained seats on Local Strategic Partnerships – eg health and sustainability

  10. Young adult? (2012 and beyond) • Food Strategy review and refresh (2011-12) – showed where doing well and not so well • Led to Esmee Fairbairn funding for ‘tricky issues’, eg food poverty, procurement • Grown to 20 staff (16 FTE), 3700 members • Partners start to ‘get it’ and people coming to us

  11. Why influence policy • Longevity • Equality • Attention to the issue • Direction • Connecting good practice to resources • Helps when applying for funding • Allows for up-scaling and replication

  12. Food Strategy and Action Plan • If have a food strategy why influence other policy areas .... Won’t people just do it? • Strategies that refer to strategies! ACTION PLAN • Using your food strategy as a hook and entry point • Resources are by policy area

  13. Which ones? • Challenge – so much could respond to • JSNA • Health and Wellbeing • Planning • Waste • Target communities eg for FP adults with LD • Anything to do with land • Climate change and sustainability • Economic development, skills

  14. Policy making process

  15. Downsides • Time consuming • Out of comfort zone • Disconnected to reality • Often very long term • Want facts not opinion • Turning policy into action

  16. Who are these decision makers? Elected Councillors and Council Officers, business, statutory and voluntary sector

  17. Personal contact • Responses to consultations – engaging, simple language, concise – what like as well as what don’t like. • Ongoing positive communications – newsletters, invites to things • Attending events and partnership meetings • Critical friend • Patience and persistence • Tone

  18. Seeing is believing • Visits • Films • Case studies • Surveys • Focus groups

  19. Evidence / research

  20. Local Media

  21. Policy into practice an example – domestic waste strategy Policy asks • Food waste is a problem – bin survey 35% • Link to national evidence – most food waste is avoidable – WRAP • Link to other agendas – costs to household • Pay attention to the waste hierarchy – reduce first • Problem of home composting without a garden What happened • Love Food Hate Waste community education programme • Community composting – previously just discounted compost bins • Challenge – this was only about domestic waste – redistribution and hotel / restaurants • Challenge – does it work?

  22. Involvement in the process – allotment strategy • Part of a strategy steering group with Allotment Federation, BHCC and public health • Consultation and engagement work – 1200+ responses • Open access to info including financial • Took just over one growing season to achieve • Process important = Trust

  23. Local or national?

  24. The challenge The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is a hub for information, inspiration and connection around food. • Need to learn and share • Need to be willing to do things differently • Need both the doers and the thinkers