Latest UPdate from Feeding Britain March 2024

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Dear Colleagues,


Please find below the latest update from Feeding Britain.

Renewal of the Household Support Fund: We welcome the news that the Household Support Fund has been extended for a further six months. We know that, whilst much longer-term strategic solutions are needed, this renewal will provide some much needed assistance for households and frontline community organisations over the coming months. Feeding Britain has been working with others across the sector to call for this renewal of the Household Support Fund – a huge thank you to all of our partners who fed into this work and shared evidence with us.

We plan to spend some time in our March webinar looking at how different local authorities will use this latest tranche of funding. The webinar is on 21st March, 3.30pm-5pm – “Sharing and shaping local authority policy and practice in the prevention of hunger”. You can sign up to attend or to receive a copy of the recording here.

Upcoming Webinars: 

14th March, 4pm-5.30pm – The Children’s Kitchen Quarterly Webinar. Members of The Children’s Kitchen team will be sharing their experiences and good practice of engaging children in healthy food and eating. More information below. You can sign up to attend or to receive a copy of the recording here.

21st March, 3.30pm-5pm – Sharing and shaping local authority policy and practice in the prevention of hunger. You can sign up to attend or to receive a copy of the recording here.

I usually send out the webinar joining links on the Monday and Thursday the week of a webinar. If you have not received an email from me, it is worth checking your spam. However, I always add the Zoom link directly to the sign up form about 30 minutes before the webinar starts as a backup so please do check there if you cannot find the link.

Webinar Recordings:

If you missed our most recent webinars, you can watch the recordings below. Please feel free to share these with anyone you think might find it useful.

 Supporting a transition from food banks to food clubs and reducing dependency on emergency food provision (25th Jan). You can view the recording here.

Culturally appropriate food for food clubs (22nd Feb). You can view the recording here.

The Children’s Kitchen Webinar Series:  Following the last update, we just wanted to remind you about the three online sessions we are hosting this year with our partners The Children’s Kitchen from Feeding Bristol. These sessions are open for you to find out more about The Children’s Kitchen approach and connect with other settings, practitioners and organisations who are working towards common goals. The focus of The Children’s Kitchen is bringing quality food experiences to children living in areas where food inequality is a challenge; making sure that their experience of food is positive when they are in an early years setting. These sessions will take place throughout the year with focused topics and expert speakers; there will also be time for questions and networking.

·       Session 1: Outdoor Learning – Linking Plot to Plate for Early Years Children.

Thursday 14th March 2024 – 4pm-5.30pm

What does ‘Plot to Plate’ mean in practice? How can we grow child friendly crops and create outdoor food learning opportunities when often there is little space or budget? We will show some examples of our Children’s Kitchen Growing Spaces and discuss our term based growing plan. We will give simple ideas for getting started with growing and cooking fresh produce. We will be joined by Millie Colwey from Millie’s Garden, an expert speaker on Outdoor Learning. Sign up here.

·       Session 2: Engaging Families and Community with Early Years Settings through Food

Thursday 13th June 2024 – 4pm-5.30pm

Food is an ideal way to involve family and the wider community with early years settings and can enhance the learning experience for children. How do we do this in a way that is inclusive and builds lasting relationships? How can we celebrate diversity and cultural identity through food, valuing everyone’s own food story? In this session we will share projects and approaches that have worked well and give practical ideas for linking with families and community. We will be joined by Kalpna Woolf, founder of 91 Ways to Build a Global City, an expert in diversity and community food.

The sign up form will be shared nearer the time.

·       Session 3: Child Led Food Exploration

Thursday 17th October 2024    4pm-5.30pm

The Children’s Kitchen approach focuses on child led, open ended food exploration using fresh produce. We will share ways to embed this with young children and ideas for how to put it into practice whilst still considering food waste and being mindful of cost. We will share our experiences of how this differs to ‘sensory play’ and how learning about food through food can be a powerful way for young children and their families to develop confidence with eating a nutritious diet. We will be joined by Beth Osborne, specialist Early Years Consultant.

The sign up form will be shared nearer the time.

Feeding Liverpool NHS Healthy Start Video: Feeding Liverpool have created a new NHS Healthy Start video aimed at families to promote the scheme and increase uptake. This video explains what the NHS Healthy Start scheme is, how to apply and where to use their cards across Liverpool. They have also updated their website pages – one website page for professionals and the other for those wanting to apply for the scheme. If you are based in Liverpool, please do share this video. If not, you may find it a helpful example.

Food Distribution: The Country Food Trust produces and distributes nutritious, protein-rich meals to charities, food banks, and community kitchens across the UK. Their options include Free Range Pheasant Casserole, Free Range Pheasant Curry, Wild Venison Bolognese, Lentil Curry, and Wild Venison with Pasta Bolognese. You can register your interest here.

Plinth, The (forever free) Case Management System for the voluntary sector: Please see information below on Plinth who are offering a free CMS / database system for the voluntary sector. This can be used to manage membership records for affordable food clubs.

Plinth’s free monitoring and impact reporting platform, equipped with survey management and a public booking system, ensures that charities and community organisations can keep running their services, rather than spending time on laborious administrative tasks.

Recognising the importance of qualitative ‘soft’ reporting, each service user has a case management profile, where notes can be securely recorded and outcomes tracked in real-time. All this information that is now stored in one place, underlining the range of demographics supported across areas of high deprivation, makes a significant case for the next funding application. 

Conveniently, Plinth’s automatically generated reports are pulled in as evidence when using the AI Grant Writing tool (see below), making step 4 even more streamlined: all the impact reporting is already on the platform, bolstering an impressive case for continued funding. Every organisation using Plinth can opt in for a public ‘Discover page’ to showcase the impact of their services to funders and commissioners alike.

Charities and community organisations can join Plinth for free here and, if they have any questions, can join the Weekly Drop-in every Thursday at 10am.

Plinth’s AI Grant Writing Tool – write impressive bids in under 10 minutes: Plinth have also launched an AI tool to help voluntary organisations to search for relevant grants and write applications. The tool costs £25 per grant application (more information on prices is in the hyperlinks below). Please see information from Plinth below.

Despite being at the heart of communities across the UK, more and more charities and community organisations don’t have the funding to keep their services running. Most community focused groups are already running at full capacity, applying for further funding is an uphill battle, and involves a number of steps: (1) Finding a grant (2) Checking eligibility to apply (3) Ensuring project is relevant (4) Writing a long, evidence supported, time consuming, bid. If these hurdles are completed, there is the risk that 48 hours were spent on an unsuccessful grant application. This laborious process costs charities millions of pounds a year.

Plinth’s new AI Grant Writing Tool addresses these hurdles with: (1) A list of available grants (2) Automatic filters to confirm an organisation’s eligibility (3) Rapid feedback tools with prompts to improve a project’s relevancy (4) Evidence pulled from uploaded impact reports, previous grant applications, trustee reports, budget spreadsheets etc, to support the argument that the project meets (and supersedes) the conditions of the grant. All in under 10 minutes. All for £25 per grant application.

If interested to hear more about how Plinth ensures that each bid is personalised to your organisation, project and grant that you apply for – or just to see an impressive grant application written in less than 10 minutes, sign up for Plinth’s Weekly Drop-in every Thursday at 10am, or book a call with one of the team when suits you.

Feeding Britain in the News: You may be interested to check out some recent news coverage of the Feeding Britain network including this episode of the Food Programme (BBC Radio 4), in which Delia Smith and her team visited the social supermarkets of Nourishing Norfolk, and this article in The Guardian on the amazing work being carried out by New Beginnings, Improving Lives from an ice cream van in Liverpool.

Feeding Britain Podcast Episode Ten: In our tenth podcast episode, we were joined by Alan Markey, Chief Executive of the Coventry Independent Advice Service, to discuss their partnership with Feeding Britain that aims to co-locate Advice Workers in the Feeding Coventry social supermarkets. This project forms part of Feeding Britain’s Pathways from Poverty programme which seeks to offer people the support they need to take steps out of poverty. In this episode, Alan explains how the approach works and the benefits that a co-location approach brings to both the individuals receiving advice and the wider community in which the social supermarket sits. You can listen to the episode on all major streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple.

Thank you very much,

Amelia

Amelia Underwood-King

Communications Officer, Feeding Britain

amelia.underwood-king@feedingbritain.org

Working Hours: Mondays & Fridays