We use participatory methods to build capacity within local food partnerships, supporting existing, dormant, or budding partnerships to establish, maintain, and revitalise their work.

A food partnership is a group of stakeholders that come together around a common vision of creating a more sustainable food system. Its role can vary but its overall mission is to facilitate coordinated and collaborative action to deliver a local food strategy in recognition of the relationship between food, health, communities, the environment and the economy.

As well as supporting the growth and development of the Sustainable Food Places programme, which supports food partnerships across the UK to develop and work as a network, we offer bespoke consultation to individual Food Partnerships along every step of their journey.

– Food system mapping
– Food policy mapping
– Stakeholder mapping
– Participatory facilitation
– Structure and governance development + expertise
– Developing a terms of reference, strategy, and legal structure
– Planning framework
– Enrolling a Food Partnership Coordinator
– Mentoring
– Evaluation

Please get in touch with us for an informal chat to see if we could support your work.  We adapt our support to meet the needs of your local community, if there is something you do not see listed but need assistance with, please do not hesitate to contact us.

From establishing the country’s first food partnership in Brighton to facilitating the remobilisation of Lambeth Food Partnership, we have a proven track record of providing effective support to food partnerships. We know that working with food partnerships means working with people, who all bring  different needs and aspirations to the table. Our participatory approach is based on an acknowledgement that lasting and meaningful change is more likely when the people who will be affected by a change participate in deciding what the change should be.  We make sure we really listen to, and understand, our stakeholders and participants and involve their voices throughout the consultation process.

‘Food Matters have been the architects behind much of the success in Brighton & Hove on delivering a more sustainable, accessible fair and healthy food system. Their early research, engagement, and policy making provided the essential groundwork on which the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and Food Strategy were built’

Lambeth Food Partnership meeting

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Reach out to the Food Matters team to find out more about what we do, get involved or to collaborate with us on a future project.

Get In Touch

Get in touch with the Food Matters team to find out more about what we do or get involved. We also want to hear from you if you would like to collaborate with us on a future project.