While at Innovation Unit, I led a research project aimed at supporting Wirral Council’s public health team to launch a borough-wide food strategy. We helping them to gain a better understanding of issues within the local food system. We focused on food poverty and health inequalities, and how they relate to health and economic inequalities within the borough.
Over a period of 2 months, we conducted community research with 25 local residents, community activists and food business owners to uncover challenges and opportunities within the local food system around food poverty and access, relationships to food, and the local food economy.
Making sense of stories
Our findings were shared through a range of visual outputs, including a documentary film produced in collaboration with Postcode Films.
We facilitated event that brought together 100 people and organisations from across the food system, including businesses, community projects, and public services. For an afternoon, they listened to stories, and collaborated to define priorities for the borough. Since then, new community projects have been funded by the council.