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 around food poverty and access, relationships to food, and the local food economy.
In addition, we used data mapping to produce a holistic map of the local food system.
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, Wirral Council has set up a yearly innovation fund and supported new community projects addressing food poverty.
Julie Webster, Head of Public Health, Wirral Council
Community Researcher from Community Action Wirral who took part in the training