Over the past 12 years Food Matters has established itself as a centre of excellence on community food with a focus on community development issues and initiatives where food is a key feature. Food Matters has built a strong reputation as the go-to organisation for advice and guidance on food systems analysis and processes, food strategy development, participatory appraisal and research on food issues and action planning in the food sector.
Food Matters believes that to engender change, action has to take place at both community and policy level. Our community food work aims to build capacity so change in the community is possible. Based on our expertise Food Matters is able to support individuals, organisations, statutory agencies and communities through training and skills development to build capacity and consultancy to guide and support programme evaluation, research and project development.
Whilst this work is primarily focused on the food sector Food Matters also provides training and consultancy to groups and organisations in other sectors and around issues such as climate change, development planning, organisational capability reviews, waste strategies, renewable energy and community cohesion.
Community food work themes include:
- Participation skills training
- Expertise in participation
- Cookery skills training
- Food and wellbeing training and support