Youth Village Developing culturally appropriate space for community engagment . Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:45:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALIST Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:29:22 +0000 Tony Wright more]]>
Manchester and Salford Branch


A discussion about media coverage after the Woolwich murder – details of speakers will be circulated by the end of this week

ALL WELCOME – Discussion is open to NUJ and non NUJ members

6pm  Tuesday, June 25th 2013
Room F13,
Friends’ Meeting House,
6 Mount Street,

Refreshments at the start of the meeting

There will be a short branch meeting for NUJ members following this discussion

For more details or to send apologies for the branch meeting, please contact

Kath Grant,

NUJ Manchester & Salford Branch Secretary

Mobile: 07758386208

Please also note that there is a new post on the Justice4Bolton website.

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Manchester Histories Festival 21 – 30 March 2014 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 23:37:25 +0000 Tony Wright more]]>
Dear Friend

In preparation for the next Manchester Histories Festival 21 – 30 March 2014, Manchester Histories would  like to invite you to a meeting to discuss plans and the ways in which you will be able to get involved.The meeting is on Tuesday 2 July at 6pm at Friends Meeting House, Mount Street Manchester Please also pass this invite on to anyone who you think may also be interested.Could you please confirm who will be attending from your organisation by Thursday 27 June.We look forward to seeing you and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

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3 July Research Seminar Tue, 18 Jun 2013 23:30:01 +0000 Tony Wright more]]>

GoWe invite you to participate in our ground-breaking Catalyst Seminars.
Please confirm your attendance today by clicking the link.


Research for Innovation: Myths, Facts and Case Studies 3rd July at 9am

Bringing theory and practice together, previewing a new technological prototype, and lunch!

Don’t forget Situating Social Innovation tomorrow at 2pm


Catalyst Research Seminar
Interdisciplinary Research for Innovation: Myths, Facts and Case Studies
3/07/2013 – 9:00 to 2:15
Lancaster University Management School, Lecture Theatre 2.

Myth! Interdisciplinary research is inherently ‘good’. Good for whom? The ‘community’, businesses, the researchers themselves?
Good for what? Incremental, radical, disruptive, mundane: what kind of innovation?

The Catalyst project invites all scholars of innovation to a half-day research seminar to discuss the value and ‘values’, challenges, lessons learned, failures and successes of interdisciplinary research.

Join our invited speakers Alan Blackwell(Cambridge) and David Tyfield(Lancaster). Participate in the discussion with our panellists; Jon Whittle(Lancaster), Leanne Morrison(Southampton), Iain Gilchrist (Bristol), and Alastair Buckley(Sheffield) who represent – four exciting projects funded by the EPRSC Cross Disciplinary Interfaces Programme (CDIP). Followed by the first public preview of a new technological prototype from the Catalyst project ‘Access ASD’. The seminar will bring ’state-of-the-art’ academic research in interdisciplinary innovation to the forefront in addition to investigating what actually happens on the ‘ground’.

9.00     Registration & Coffee
9.20     Catalystas Introduction
9.30     ’Living in Metaphors: Catalysis and Crucibles’
             Alan Blackwell 
             Chair: Ruth McNally, Anglia Ruskin

10.15   ‘From Disruptive Innovation to Sociotechnical Systems
             Transition?’ David Tyfield

11.00   Coffee break
11.15   C-DIP Projects & Panel Discussions
             Chair: Gordon Blair, Lancaster

12.15   Comfort break
12.20   Access ASD Show and Tell of new prototype
             Chair: Maria Angela Ferrario, Lancaster

13.15   Lunch
14.15   Ends

Please reserve your place:

Alan Blackwell
Alan Blackwell is Reader in Interdisciplinary Design at the University of Cambridge, and co-founder of the Crucible Network for Research in Interdisciplinary Design. Following degrees in Engineering, Comparative Religion, Computer Science and Psychology, he has lately become resigned to a reputation as Jack of all trades (and correspondingly, master of none). He is the lead author of the NESTA policy research report “Creating value across boundaries: Maximising the return from interdisciplinary innovation.”
‘Living in Metaphors: Catalysis and crucibles’ The Crucible network for research in interdisciplinary design has been operating since 2001. In this time, network members have coordinated and participated in more than 150 design projects, exhibitions, performances, and reflexive policy interventions. This talk will reflect on the strategic objectives and operating methods of Crucible, taking the scientific/industrial metaphor of the crucible as a starting point for comparison with the diverse activities of the Catalyst project.
David Tyfield
David Tyfield is a Lecturer in the Sociology Department and Co-Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) at Lancaster University. His research focuses on the interaction of political economy, social change and developments in science, technology and innovation, with a particular focus on issues of low-carbon transition in China. He is lead author of the NESTA report ‘Game-Changing China: Lessons from China about Disruptive Low Carbon Innovation’ (2010, in English and Mandarin), author of The Economics of Science (Routledge, 2012 in 2 volumes) and is currently working on a new book titled Innovation & Inequality: From the Crisis of Neoliberalism to Liberalism 2.0.
‘From Disruptive Innovation to Sociotechnical Systems Transition?’ The idea of ‘disruptive innovation’ is an increasingly ubiquitous buzzword, yet many casual uses of the term miss its essential and unique characteristics. This talk will explore the various social, cultural and political conditions that would need to be in place for disruptive innovations to translate into socio-technical systems. We will consider some of the recent discussion, and anxieties, regarding the potential implications of massively open online courses (MOOCs) for research and teaching in higher education, including interdisciplinary research.


Catalyst, Lancaster: Catalyst brings together academics and communities to jointly imagine and build the next generation of tools for social change, and to explore innovative, bottom-up technology-mediated solutions to major problems in society. Now half way through, the three year project the team share world-leading theoretical underpinnings and state of the art insights from social science, computing, design and management studies. Across a series of sub-projects ‘Sprints’ and ‘Launchpads’ communities and academics have come together to envision and build next generation tools, using technology to make ‘the world’ a better place.

Jon Whittle
Jon Whittle, Catalyst PI, is Professor and Chair of Software Engineering in the Department of Computing at Lancaster University. His interests are in software modeling, where “model” is to be broadly interpreted — to include requirements, architecture and design models, but also other types of models found in modern software, such as ontology models. His most recent work is typified by a desire for software and software engineering methods to have a visible impact on society and on the lives of those living in it.
Jon has a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, worked at NASA Ames Research Center, and was an Associate Professor at George Mason University in Virginia. He’s taught across the world, most notably at India’s prestigious IIT. Jon’s research has been funded by the EPSRC, NASA, the FAA, Aerospace Corporation and the Royal Society.

UBhave, Southampton: UBhave is a multidisciplinary research programme examining the power and challenges of using new digital technologies to deliver behaviour change interventions. Specifically the project examines the feasibility and acceptability of using Smartphones and online social networking to deliver and disseminate behaviour change interventions for weight management and positive well-being. New systems architectures, algorithms, and intelligent triggering systems have been designed, with new statistical, visualisation and open source tools in development, to enable researchers and those with little or no programming experience to create and evaluate their own Smartphone-based interventions.

Leanne MorrisonDr Leanne Morrison is a Senior Research Fellow in Psychology, University of Southampton. Leanne’s primary research interests lie in the use of digital technologies to deliver interventions designed to change health-related behaviours. She is particularly interested in furthering understanding of how we can enhance users’ engagement with these interventions and optimise health-related outcomes. Leanne is currently working on the UBhave project, led by Professor Lucy Yardley.

Decision Making in an Unstable World, Bristol: For humans and machines decision making is not always simple. Sometimes the world changes so quickly that experience does not always tell you how to behave. Humans can cope reasonably well in this unstable and complicated world but we don’t have a full understanding of how they do this. Solving this problem requires a wide range of researchers from very different backgrounds to work together; a team from Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Psychology, Economics, Earth Sciences, Geography, Neurology, Education and Biology. We have planned a range of activities to help build a common language and understanding which will result in a new and sustainable community of decision making researchers.

Iain GilchristIain D. Gilchrist – Professor of Neuropsychology, University of Bristol. Iain studied Psychology as an undergraduate at Durham University and then carried out a PhD in Cognitive Science at Birmingham University. Following research jobs in Strasbourg and Durham in 1999 he moved to Bristol as a Lecturer where he has been ever since. The core focus of his research has been on how visual information in humans is used to guide action. This interest has led to a wide range of interdisciplinary collaborations and project including: studies of CCTV operators in control rooms, studies of search and foraging in children with autism and the eye movements of horses. He is a former Director of Bristol Neuroscience, lead the development of The Bristol Clinical Research and Imaging Centre, is a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Solar Energy for Future Societies, Sheffield: Our objective is to explore knowledge about solar energy research with publics and communities. An interdisciplinary academic team, includes staff from Physics, Geography, Architecture and EEE working alongside local residents from the town of Stocksbridge, Sheffield. Through workshops, informal meetings and exhibitions the team explores questions related to renewable energy, aiming to bridge the gap between ‘public’ knowledge and that of the scientific community. Emerging from such interactions, are a number of local projects which address issues related to renewable energy and sustainability.

Dr Alastair Buckley, University of Sheffield is the PI for the Solar Energies for Future Societies Project. Alastair comes to this project with a science and manufacturing background. He graduated in Chemical Physics in 1996 followed by a PhD in surface science relating to lighting. In 2000 he moved to an Edinburgh start up company exploiting organic light emitting devices for miniature consumer displays. Following the company’s growth to 70 employees and 100000 displays per month and subsequent cashflow induced demise he returned to academia in 2008 joining the department of Physics and Astronomy in Sheffield. Since then he has researched organic PV technology and solar energy; particularly looking for new ways to address the solar energy topic.

For further information about the Catalyst Seminars contact:
Associated Catalyst Staff:

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Class Or Culture: The “Marginalised” White Working Class. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:29:00 +0000 Tony Wright more]]>
ChavisKate Green MP has agreed to host a meeting in the House of Commons on the marginalization of the working class in society over the last two to three decades – and that was documented so well in Owen Jones book “Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class.”

Much debate has gone on over how we give a voice to marginalised communities so their voice is heard in the public square but many from right and left believe that in this the white working class has been neglected. Reports from both Rowntree and Runnymede have addressed this issue.

To what extent are white working-class communities a forgotten group disconnected from policy and politics and in our quest for a diverse and inclusive society have we neglected this group and at what cost? Speaking at this meeting will be

Kate GreenKate Green MP is currently shadow spokesperson for Equalities and prior to her election was Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, and before that Director of the National Council for One Parent Families (now Gingerbread). She is a long standing campaigner against poverty and inequality and chairs the all-party parliamentary group on poverty.

Harris BeiderHarris Beider is Professor in Community Cohesion at iCoCo moving from the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) at the University of Birmingham. His main research interests include ‘race’, housing and community renewal. He has managed and undertaken research projects for CLG, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and wrote their report on the “White Working Class. Views of Neighbourhood, Cohesion and Change.”

Gillian EvansGillian Evans studied social anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies In 2006, Gillian published “ Educational Failure and Working Class White Children in Britain”, based on her PhD research about the post-industrial docklands of Southeast London. The book generated national debate about the position of the white working classes in Britain, and Gillian went on to publish further work about the relationship between social class, race, ethnicity and multiculturalism in Britain.

Can economics alone deliver cohesion or do we need to develop a deeper understanding of identity and diversity in order to develop effective policies that include all? This will be the central theme of this meeting.

GlobalNet21This is a meeting and is available to fully paid up members of GlobalNet21.Could you please pay your annual subscription in advance if you have not done so as we are not allowed to collect money in the House of Commons.

This coming year we plan to keep the £10 figure for all those who will commit to a recurrent payment of £10 per year for the next three years. For those doing this then this fee of £10 will not go up at all for the next three years.

If you want to take advantage of the £10 recurrent subscription – then you can pay here..

For those who want to join for one year only or one year at a time then the annual subscription this year will be £12. You can pay for the one year subscription through our paypal here

Or you can pay through our Eventbrite site here …

If you are unable to pay online this way can you please let us know and we will make other arrangements. Also we never refuse membership to anyone who is unable to pay so please let us know if there are difficulties this way and you will still be able to join in.

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Your Input for the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry on the Value of HE to BME communities Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:23:29 +0000 Tony Wright more]]>
Black British Academics has been invited to participate in the upcoming All Party Parliamentary Inquiry on Higher Education taking place this summer/autumn. Runnymede provides secretariat support to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community and it is through invitation by Runnymede that we have been invited to contribute baseline data and to make recommendations for the final report to be published in the autumn. The purpose of the inquiry is to investigate and evaluate the barriers faced by Black and Minority Ethnic students, with a particular focus on the number of entrants in further and higher education, Black and Minority Ethnic postgraduate students and Black and Minority Ethnic University Professors. The inquiry will be looking at:

  • Provisions currently in place to support BME applicants in further and higher education and support networks for professors and academic positions.
  • BME applications and entrants across a number of further education institutions, including the Russell Group Universities.  

An inquiry committee will be formed soon – meetings are taking place this week to review written and oral evidence sessions, discussion groups and terms of reference.
We will be back in touch shortly with further information as soon as it is available. Your participation is important as tackling racial inequality in higher education is one of our key objectives and this inquiry is a key platform for us to voice our concerns, articulate they key problems and make recommendations for change. 

Upcoming articles in the Guardian Higher Education Network

A big thank you to all the members who have come forward to give their input to the features being written on race equality in higher education. There will now be two articles to allow for all the necessary ground to be covered – one will focus on the views of Vice Chancellors, Pro Vice Chancellors and Deputy Vice Chancellors on where we are on race equality in HE, what they are doing to tackle the problems and whether a more radical approach is needed to advance the cause.

The second will focus on the views of black academics on where we are, the key barriers, what action should be taken and some examples of black academics tackling the issues in a myriad of ways, including but not limited to mentoring and research. Interviews are being completed this week – if anyone would still like to give their input (this is open to all members whether associates, full members or undergraduates) please email Deborah Gabriel at

This Week’s Featured Member

This week’s featured member is criminologist Dr Martin Glynn who for his PhD thesis developed a critical race theory on desistance, using the narratives of black men. He has over 25 years of experience in the prison service and schools and is an acclaimed writer and director. Visit the website to read more

 Launch of Black British Academics at the UEL 8th Colloquium on Ethnic Relations – July 25
Have you registered yet for the 8th Colloquium on Ethnic Relations at the Royal Docks Business School, University of East London on July 25, which is to be followed by the launch of Black British Academics? This is a must-not-miss event! Please mark the date in your diary and remember to register by emailing Barbara Bannister, Events Assistant at the Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business at DO IT NOW!!!

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Labour to drop opposition to free schools in major policy change Sat, 15 Jun 2013 22:45:49 +0000 Tony Wright Shadow Secretary of State for Education Stephen TwiggStephen Twigg will announce parents would be welcome to set up their own schools – but with tough controls.

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Cinnamon Network Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:17:44 +0000 Tony Wright more]]>


We are delighted to let you know about an event being hosted by a Member of Serve. Cinnamon Network is delighted to invite church leaders to its Church and Civic Engagement Forum on Tuesday 2nd July 10.30am for 11am – 4pm at Emmanuel Christian Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3DW. Both attendance at the event and lunch are complimentary.

Those who attend the forum will benefit from:

blu-angles Discussion about the theological narrative for church and civic engagement and how underneath the talk of gloom and doom new opportunities are emerging for churches at the local level.

blu-angles Grant briefing on how you can access The Cinnamon Network sponsorship of £1,000 to help you to host an event which brings together civic leaders and church leaders to find strategic solutions to the crisis facing our communities.

blu-angles Guest speaker John Glen MP (Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government).

blu-angles Guest speaker Francis Davis (Founder of the Cathedral Innovation Centre and movement and writes regularly for the Christian press, the Guardian, News Statesman and the BBC. A specialist on faith based social action across Europe he also advises a number of local authorities and former policy advisor direct to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government).

blu-angles Case study from Yeovil Community Church about their wide ranging involvement in the community in partnership with civic bodies. This includes being contracted to deliver support with 300 families across south Somerset, working in close partnership with social services, DWP, police, education, council and all other agencies.

blu-angles Case Study from PJs Community Services, who are contracted by Croydon Council to provide 800 hours per week of personal and domestic care services to vulnerable adults. Working with a range of community partners including  education, police, job centre and other local agencies.

blu-angles Lead Practitioner Panel Q&A with guests including Rev Andy Glover from Chester, Paul Woodman from Southampton, Mike Andrea from Margate and Mark Goodway from Bristol.

We very much hope you will be able to join us for this inspiring and practical event.

Yours Matt Bird & David Westlake

Chairs of The Cinnamon Network

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Tommy Baker great family night out. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:11:21 +0000 Tony Wright more]]>
Support the Legend Basketball Freestyler Tommy Baker great family night out. 

My name is Richard Braithwaite, aka Mr Silky Skills, a professional football freestyler and project coordinator for Integration By Sport in Liverpool. I am very proud to say I am regarded by parents, youth leaders and children as a role model and ambassador for integration! Due Tommy twenty five years of youth engagement outreach work followed by the Silky Skills work which has enabled me to build a respectful relationship and lasting rapport in many communities across the country.

I am having a community event at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall which will feature local talent, world famous freestyle Legends John Farnworth and Tommy Baker, also Mic Lowry a RnB boy band who have just won a national competition called Rock the House in London. 

Friday 21st June Doors open 6 pm show starts at 6.30 until 9.30 pm. 

Tommy would appreciate your support when we finally meet up and settle a score to decide who is the best entertainer out of the three of us, so the audience will decide on the night. Youngsters will have the opportunity to meet the acts also win trophies in our mini kick ups competition, best basketball tricks and other crowd interaction fun and games on stage.                                                                                                                                                                                 Tickets will be £10 each for less than ten people purchasing. Tickets will also be £8 each for group concessions of ten or more people purchasing. Tickets £7.50 group concessions for primary school children, youth club members and football and basketball teams. After the event I will be donating some quality free time to groups for supporting my event.

Thanks and your support will be much appreciated, we look forward to entertaining you all. 

See poster for more details.

Richard Braithwaite

Mr Silky Skills

Professional Football Freestyler

Integration By Sport

Project Co-coordinator

 Tel: 07907-396027

Twitter: @mrsilkyskills

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NHS News Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:52:19 +0000 Tony Wright more]]>

NHS 2013


·        How do you find and use health information?

·        Developing Integrated Health and Social Care across Manchester

·        Manchester Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA):  Call for Information

·        Patient and Carer Diaries

·        Finding the right GP Practice for you and your Family

·        Manchester CCGs and MacMillan Cancer Support

·        Patient and Public Involvement

·        Patient Services, NHS England, Freedom of Information and Independent Complaints Advocacy Contact Details

 ·        Being Active for Better Mental Health

·        Patient User Partnership (PUP) Cancer Services (Wythenshawe Hospital)

·        “It’s a Wonderful Life”… Let us Help you Get it Back!

·        Festival of Public Health UK

·        RCN Bulletins Jobs Fair

·        The Intelligence Hub Analysis Tool (IHAT)

·        Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre Research Report

·        Whit School Holiday Activities

How do you find and use health information?

The NHS produces lots of health information, from leaflets and letters to websites and videos, and we’re not alone. There are hundreds of websites, magazines, blogs and TV programmes about health and healthcare that offer seemingly endless information. For some people, this can mean a wealth of useful – and not so useful – sources of information, whilst for others it can be confusing or even frightening.


We want to produce the best health and healthcare information possible and we want to make sure that what we produce is useful, clear and easy to find when you need it. Something that’s not always easy to do in a city as diverse as Manchester. That’s why North Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group has teamed up with Deakin University in Melbourne who are world experts in how people find, understand and use health information. The project will look at how people use this kind of information to help them stay healthy and independent or to manage an illness or longer term condition. We want to find out what works well for different people so we can make sure that each person is given exactly the right kind of information and support when they need it.


You can help us to do this by taking our quick online survey. It should only take about five minutes and it will help us to improve the information and support that we offer to you and people like you.


Click here to take our five minute survey.


Developing Integrated Health & Social Care across Manchester

For the past few months, colleagues from across health and social care have been working together on a new approach, to care and support people who live with chronic health conditions. This collaboration work is referred to as integration.  Integrated care will probably not affect most people, as the teams only deal with small numbers of people in each GP practice where they’ve been set up. Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups believe that increasing partnership working between health and social care professionals in this way will mean a better experience for patients.


North Manchester CCG has developed Integrated Neighbourhood Care teams. These are teams of local workers – social workers, district nurses, doctors, active case managers and others who work with GP practices. So far, integrated neighbourhood care teams have been set up around GP practices in the Cheetham and Crumpsall areas. From July, we plan to extend this approach to the Ancoats, Clayton, Beswick and Openshaw areas of north Manchester. The idea is to find people early so that services can organise the best package of support to prevent them from becoming ill and going into hospital. A specially developed system helps the team to find the patients who are most at risk of going into hospital. The team then look at what each local service, including other services outside the core team, could do to help the person stay healthy, independent and out of hospital. This support could be anything from arranging carers or adaptations to their home to setting up nursing care or even sending text messages to remind them to take their medications. Each patient cared for by these integrated teams will be allocated a key worker who is responsible for managing their support and who will be their main contact while they’re looked after. The key worker will build a package of support around each patient after meeting with them to agree what the person most wants to achieve in terms of increased independence, self-management, etc.


Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group and partners are engaging with patients who are under the care of their new Practice Integrated Care Teams. These teams provide care to those people most at risk of hospitalisation, enabling them to stay in their home and receive care there instead. This is a new way of providing care and the views of patients and carers is one of the key ways of assessing whether the teams are working well. Patient diaries and structured telephone interviews are being used  to gather this information which will help inform the furtherdevelopment of integrated care in Manchester in the months ahead. If you would like an information leaflet, please email


The four key partners for the integration work in South Manchester are: South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group, University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester City Council and Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust. They are working together to develop integrated ‘neighbourhood’ teams initially in two locality patches, Wythenshawe and Withington and Fallowfield. The joint aim is to improve the health and well-being of patients and their carers, improving professional experience and knowledge, and delivering sustainable care to patients within a challenging financial climate.


In January a launch event was held at the Forum, Wythenshawe. A range of stakeholders attended including staff from all disciplines, Community Nursing, General Practice, Social care, Mental Health, local councillors, patient representatives and Third Sector voluntary organisations. All participants submitted individual pledges at the end of the session detailing their personal commitment to shaping and delivering this agenda.


During April and May, colleagues from the core Neighbourhood Team have been visiting the thirteen practices in the two pilot patches to run ‘mock’ multi-disciplinary team sessions and test the team process model. These sessions have also provided an opportunity for practices to meet the Neighbourhood Teams, to comment on how they envisage the teams will operate and to ask any questions ahead of go-live.  A Neighbourhood Team information leaflet is available by emailing


Self-help and support groups in North Manchester

In a recent survey, one of the things that North Manchester patients told us was that they wanted more access to self-help and support groups. Local support groups provide an important opportunity for people to meet others who are going through the same things – they might be for people undergoing cancer treatment, those who have had a heart attack or stroke or patients who are newly diagnosed with a long-term condition like diabetes, COPD or chronic kidney disease.


We really want to know more about what groups exist in North Manchester, where they meet and how patients can be introduced. We want to do this so that we can share this information with doctors, nurses and other professionals in North Manchester so that they can help put patients in touch with the groups that can help them.


If you run, attend or support a local self-help or support group in North Manchester, we’d love to hear from you. Tell us what the group is, who it’s for, and how people who might want to join can get in touch. Contact if you want to provide details or would like to know more.


Manchester Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA): Call for information

In preparation for the next update of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), the Manchester Health and Wellbeing Board would like your help to understand what effect different issues have on the communities and people of Manchester. We are inviting local people, groups and organisations to send in any information they have about how the needs of people are being – or not being – met by existing services.


David Regan, Director of Public Health in Manchester said, “For the first half of this year, the Health and Wellbeing Board has decided to consider six topics in detail: long term conditions; alcohol/liver disease; early detection and prevention of cancer; early help for children and young people; dementia and tuberculosis (TB). We will be looking at other topics later on in 2013.”


If you would like to provide us with some information for consideration as part of the JSNA, you can do so using the simple form attached to this e-bulletin. However, we are also happy to accept other types of evidence, such as written submissions, existing reports and statistics, survey responses or individual testimonies etc. if you would prefer to respond in that way.


Please send us your evidence by e-mail to or by post to Public Health Manchester, Manchester City Council, P.O. Box 532, Town Hall, Manchester, M60 2LA by Friday 7th June2013.


If you need advice on what to submit, or would like more details on the JSNA process in Manchester, please contact Neil Bendel at or by telephone on (0161) 234 4089.


Please pass this request on to anyone else in your network who you think might have information or data to contribute to the JSNA.


Patient and Carer Diaries

Are you living with/or caring for someone with a long-term health condition in Manchester? Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups are looking for patients and /or their carers to keep a diary and share their experiences of using local NHS services. We are looking for people who live with long-term health conditions, for example, diabetes, epilepsy or asthma. Also you may live with mental health problems or have recently had a stroke and want to share your views of NHS services. The patient / carer diaries give you the opportunity to share with us your experiences of using NHS services across Manchester and if you are supported by a carer they can also share their experiences in the diaries. You must be living in and be registered with a GP in Manchester to complete a diary. The diaries need to be kept for a minimum of 8 weeks. At the end of the 8 weeks the diaries will be returned via a freepost envelope. All of the information in the diaries will be anonymised and used to influence developments/changes in local services. The diaries can be returned to the patient and carer if requested. You can look at a copy of a diary here and if you are interested in being involved, please email or call 0161 765 4168 for further information.

Congratulations if you have just discovered you are pregnant.We are also looking for women who may have have just found out they are pregnant to keep a diary of their pregnancy and their journey through NHS services. If you are interested in being involved, please email or call 0161 765 4168 for further information. You must be living in and be registered with a GP in Manchester. Approximately at the end of 9 months, the diaries would be returned via a freepost envelope. All of the information in the diaries will be anonymised and used to influence developments/changes in local maternity services. The diaries can be returned to the women if requested.

Finding the right GP practice for you and your family

Every now and then, people find that they need to register with a new GP practice. Whether it’s because they’ve just moved house, changed job or aren’t yet registered, it’s always useful to know where to look for information.


Most people will have a choice of GP practices nearby. You don’t have to register with the one nearest to you, but you should choose one that is easy for you to get to. Each GP practice works within specific local areas called ‘practice boundaries’. Practices can still register patients who live outside this area at their discretion, but they have to register patients who live within their boundary if their list is open. The practice should be able to show you theirs. Many patients also consider the following when choosing a GP service:

o  Opening hours

o  Choice of male or female GPs

o  Close to home or work

o  Friendly staff

o  Particular services or clinics

o  Availability of other services

o  Can you see a GP on the same day?


Much of this information should be easy to find out by phoning or visiting the practice, but there are some online resources that can provide useful information on your local GP practices. This means you can find out more about surgery times, the services they offer and how they compare.


NHS Choices – – provides lots of information about local NHS services including GP practices. To search for GPs in your area just type your postcode or area into their GP search page – NHS Choices will provide summaries of all the GP practices in your area including performance information, survey results and patient reviews. You can click on each summary to go through to the practice page where you’ll find lots more information about doctors, nurses and other staff, opening hours, clinic times and additional services to help you find the one most suited to your needs.


The NHS in Manchester website – – also has information about local services, including information about GP services in Manchester here: and a helpful leaflet on registering with a GP in Manchester here:


Finally, for all enquiries and complaints about primary care services  (GPs, Dentists and Opticians) contact NHS England:

o  Phone: 0300 3112233

o  Email:

o  Post:      NHS Commissioning Board, PO Box 16738, Redditch B97 9PT


Manchester CCGs and MacMillan Cancer Support

Plans are now underway for the three Manchester CCGs to work with MacMillan Cancer Support to improve the way that cancer services are delivered in the city. We are really keen to speak to people who have experience of cancer, or anyone who has cared for someone with cancer, to help us get this important programme of work right for the large numbers of people in Manchester who are affected. For more information about any of this work, please contact Sandra on 0161 765 4177 or email


Patient and Public Involvement

Do you attend a patient / carer support group in Manchester? If you are interested in a member of the Communications and Engagement Team coming along to speak about patient and public involvement in Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups at one of your meetings or hold an information stall at a local event, please email with details and information.


Patient Services, NHS England, Freedom of Information and Independent Complaints Advocacy Contact Details

For all patient enquiries, complaints and MP letters about Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group services please contact:

Patient Services, Greater Manchester Commissioning Support Unit (GMCSU)

Phone: 0161 212 6270


Post:      St James’s House, Pendleton Way, Salford M6 5FW


For Freedom of Information (FOI) requests about Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups services contact:


Post:      St James’s House, Pendleton Way, Salford M6 5FW


For all enquiries and complaints about primary care services  (GPs, Dentists, Opticians and Pharmacies) contact:

NHS England

Phone: 0300 3112233


Post:      NHS Commissioning Board, PO Box 16738, Redditch B97 9PT


For independent complaints advocacy support  for patients and carers contact:

Independent Complaints Advocacy (ICA) 

Phone: 0808 8010390


Post:      5th Floor, Arthur House, Chorlton Street, Manchester, M1 3FH




Being Active for Better Mental Health

Duration: 1 day course (9.30-16.30)

Dates: 25th June 2013                       

26th Nov 2013

Course Aims:

-            To show evidence of the benefits of physical activity for mental health and general well being

-            To practise using behaviour change models and techniques, with individuals and groups, to help    motivate clients to be more physically active

-            To increase the confidence of the course participants, in helping others to become more physically active

 Target Audience:

Frontline workers and volunteers in health, social care or community settings, working with individuals or groups

Trainers: Serena Kent & Shamin Malik

Venue: Training Room, Public Health Development Service, Victoria Mill

Booking a Place on Training: Contact Peter Stretton, Training Administrator on 0161 248 1757 or email:


You will need to complete an application form which you can find on


The form needs to be returned to Peter Stretton on Fax: 0161 248 1751 or

Manchester Public Health Development Service, 1st Floor Fallowfield Library, Platt Lane, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 7FB


Patient user partnership (PUP) cancer services (Wythenshawe Hospital)

PUP are a small group which brings together patients, relatives, carers and professionals (known collectively as ‘users’) to discuss issues which affect people with cancer. The PUP group puts forward ideas and offers views and experiences to influence and improve the development of cancer services at Wythenshawe and Withington Community Hospital, making things better for patients who have already developed cancer as well as those who are at risk from getting cancer.

·        Have you had cancer or looked after someone with cancer?

·        Do you want to have a say in how patients with cancer at our hospitals are looked after?

·        Are there things that we could do better? Do you want to help make things better for people with cancer?

·        Do you work with patients and carers who will be interested in getting involved in this group?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions please drop into the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital, ground Floor acute block- opposite the café- or contact the centre on 0161 291 4875/4876


“it’s a wonderful life”…Let us help you get it back!!


Then you need to join us on the H.O.P.E.(help overcome problems effectively) course at the Macmillan cancer information and support centre, Wythenshawe Hospital.These 6 week  courses will help to rediscover your strengths,make the most of the good things in your life and manage the day-to day impact of your condition.


We run the HOPE course 3 times a year- usually January/February or May/June and September/October-For all patients with any cancer diagnosis.Contact or call in the centre for more information and to book a place- tel: 0161 291 4876.


Festival of Public Health UK

The University of Manchester is pleased to announce the 2nd Festival of Public Health UK will be taking place at the University of Manchester on July 4th. The Festival proved to be a resounding success last year and we have taken into account all of the feedback we received to make further improvements for this year’s event.


Full details of the event can be found at where you can register and submit abstracts. The abstract submission process is open straight away and it will close on 31st May.


The guest speakers will be providing plenary lectures and workshops at the festival. These include:


Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer for England 1998 – 2010

Professor David Colquhoun, Creator, DC’s Improbable Science, University College London

Professor Ian Jacobs, Dean of Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester

Professor Tony Redmond, Chair, Foreign Medical Teams Working Group, World Health Organisation

Professor Darren Shickle, Head of Academic Unit of Public Health, University of Leeds

Dr Michael Donmall, Director, National Drugs Evidence Centre

Dr Arpana Verma, Director, Manchester Urban Collaboration on Health


This year the Festival will start earlier and finish earlier (10 – 5), have improved delegate materials, and we will provide lunch and tea/coffee. There will be a small charge for the Festival to take these changes into account but we have kept these low to keep the festival accessible to as many people as possible, with prices starting at £20 for concessions. The rates will be staggered over time so we advise booking early to make the most of the cheapest rates. Please see the website for more information.


Please find the Festival poster attached to this e-mail, and feel free to pass this around to anybody you feel would be interested in attending the event.


We look forward to seeing you on July 4th, if you have any further queries please email


RCN Bulletins Jobs Fair

The RCN Bulletin Jobs Fair is heading to Manchester on 3-4 July.  The event is aimed at nurses looking to develop their career or find a new job.  It is a free to attend event with a comprehensive seminar programme offering free advice to all nurses.


I have attached a pdf which has all the information to include on any newsletters you send out.

If you require any further information, please contact Tina Sutch or telephone 020 8872 3117 .


The Intelligence Hub Analysis Tool (IHAT)

Ever wanted to know the level of educational attainment, the crime level or population in a specific ward? All the information you need can now be found in one place.

The Intelligence Hub Analysis Tool (IHAT) is an interactive application which allows you to view and interrogate data. IHAT contains a wide range of statistical information relating to Manchester, which can be displayed on a map, data grid and bar chart. Other location-based data can be overlaid on the map to provide context for the data. The hub also offers links to advice on research, evaluation, commissioning and procurement.  

IHAT contains over 100 statistical variables, spanning different themes. Data can be exported for your own analysis. The themes, which include population, income, education and housing, broadly follow the themes identified in the State of the Wards and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment reports, and are available for Manchester wards.

To find out more, or start your research, visit:

Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre Research Report

In 2012, NHS North West commissioned the Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre to undertake a research project with the ultimate aim of helping transgender people get better access to health services. This report documents the findings of that project, which includes the obstacles the researchers encountered when trying to engage with GP practice staff.  It highlights the low levels of awareness of transgender issues, as well as openly transphobic attitudes. Click here to read the report.


Whit School Holiday Activities

There are only five weeks until the beginning of the Whit Holidays, 28th to 31st May, and MHA can provide the perfect holiday solution for children, aged 3 to 14 years, from 10am to 3pm each day for only £5.00 per child.


Each week includes sports coaching, crafts, arts, visits out plus lots more. For more information, please click here.


Places are limited so book asap.

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Food Futures

June 2013
About this e-bulletin 

Welcome to the 26th edition of the Food Futures e-bulletin – a regular update featuring brief articles on local and national news, events, funding opportunities and developments that relate to food.  We hope you find it informative and useful and would welcome any comments or suggestions you may have for the next edition.

Please send all copy to Christine Raiswell on

In this bulletin:

  • Feeding the 5000
  • Food Poverty update
  • Miles Platting Community Gardens
  • Growing Manchester Evaluation Report
  • Manchester Veg People Crowdfunding campaign
  • Cracking Good Food
  • FareShare Food Collection in tesco stores
  • Growing in Schools
  • Land Army
  • Bread Project proves life changing
  • Food, Weight and more training
  • FeedingManchester Event
  • Soul Food Project in Cheetham Hill
  • Chorlton Good Neighbours Growing Club
  • Urban Farm at Manchester International Festival
  • Southway Housing Trust Grow Your Own Programme
  • Food for Life Partnership
  • Singing for Healthy Hearts
  • New research and publications


Local News, Events and Training:

5000 People to Receive Free Lunch in Manchester City Centre to Fight Food Waste!

Title of event: Manchester Feeding the 5,000
Date and Time: 12noon – 4pm on Saturday 15th June 2013    
Location: Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester    

This Saturday, 5,000 members of the public will enjoy a hot, nutritious meal made entirely from ingredients that would otherwise have been wasted, such as fresh but cosmetically imperfect vegetables and fruits. Feeding the 5,000 is an international campaign which focuses on informing the public about food waste issues, how to reduce food waste, and demand that businesses do the same. The event has been organised by Manchester Friends of the Earth, FareShare North West, Cracking Good Food and the Feeding the 5,000 team.

Contact details for more information visit: or

Food Poverty Update – directory of emergency food provision

The Food Futures Team, with help from Fareshare, has produced a map and directory of organisations providing emergency food and meals for those in need in Manchester. We will update this list regularly as things change. If your organisation would like to be added to the list please get in touch with Christine Raiswell or Lindsay Laidlaw  in the Food Futures Team or call 0161 234 3540

You can download the directory here

Miles Platting Community Gardens – Now Open!

The Miles Platting Community Gardens, funded by the Big Lottery’s Local Food Scheme, are officially open for use. Throughout 2013/14 a series of free food growing skills workshops, cookery classes, parent & child cookery classes and after-school growing clubs will be running in and around the two new gardens on Holland Street and Chippenham Road. Workshops are open to all. Groups across Manchester are also invited to make use the gardens.

For more information, details of workshops dates / times or to book a visit contact Vicki Greer at Adactus Housing Association on 0800 234 6826 (option 2) or email

Growing Manchester Evaluation Report Published

The University of Manchester has published its evaluation of the Food Futures Growing Manchester Programme. The report was launched at an event held at the friends Meeting House on 22nd May. You can download the report and presentation here:

Lets Get the Greater Manchester Food Revolution Moving

Join us in supporting Manchester Veg People’s CrowdFunding Campaign (8 June-20 July)
Manchester Veg People is a co-operative of local organic growers and restaurants working together to provide fresh, seasonal food of the highest possible quality. In our first year we sold fresh local produce with a value of £22,000 despite not having our own vehicle and premises. Imagine what we could do this year and in future years with your help!  
In order to purchase our own van and cold store, MVP are launching a CrowdFunding campaign on Saturday 8th June. You can support us by donating anything from £5 to £500 in return for a selection of brilliant rewards.
Follow the campaign on Facebook at ManchesterVegPeople, on Twitter @MancVegPeople or on our website at /

Update from Cracking Good Food

Cooking Programmes with Parents at Barlow Hall Primary School on Merseybank, Chorlton

We’re working in collaboration with Southway Housing again, this time at Barlow Hall Primary School in Chorlton, on the Merseybank Estate. Starting on Thursday 13 June, we’re rolling out 2 x 4-week cooking programmes with parents, focussing on a range of basic cooking skills, healthy tasty meals from scratch, reducing waste & energy consumption, meal planning, budgeting & shopping tips. The first course runs in June & July, with the second course in September & October, starting 19 September. For more details, please contact or Sharon Drinkwater at the school on

More courses with GM Probation Trust

We’ve completed our Home Office-funded project rolling out 6-week cooking, nutrition, sustainability and healthy eating courses with high risk ex-offenders, in collaboration with The Manchester College, and we’ve managed to get some further funding to roll out 3 more courses, two in Chorlton and one in Stockport, through the European Social Fund. The first one has just completed and we’re back in September running courses in Chorlton and Stockport concurrently, after which sadly there is no more funding available and the programme will have to come to an end. For more details, contact

Other Community Events

We’ve been invited to participate in this year’s Manchester International Festival – we’ll be running cooking workshops on 15 & 16 July at the Biospheric Project in Salford For further information please contact

Our wild food specialist, Jesper Launder, will be running a Herbal Medicine Walk as part of the Urban Naturalist series of events at Manchester Museum on Saturday 29 June from 2-4pm. For further details and to book onto this event, please email or ring 0161 275 2648 and ask to speak to Vicky Grant.

Cookery Schools & Wild Food Forages

We’ve got plenty of events planned at our cookery schools in Chorlton and Altrincham over the next few months, as well as lots of wild food foraging events with our resident wild food specialist Jesper Launder. Please visit our website for further details and

If you’re hot on social media…please like our Cracking Good Food Facebook page for a regular feed (no pun intended) of our cooking activity. Or follow us on Twitter at @Crackingfood.  All sessions are blogged so check them out on We now have a Factsheet for a potted version of what we do and we’ve launched a bi-monthly newsletter. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list please email

Help feed people in need

FareShare’s ‘Help Feed People in Need’ Food Collection will take place in selected Tesco stores* nationwide on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July.

We are looking for volunteers to greet customers in Tesco stores and to encourage their shoppers to donate an item of food to FareShare. Volunteers can select from three different shift preferences. The food will then be distributed by FareShare depots to over 900 charities and community projects across the country for people in need. The more volunteers we have in-store the more food we will collect.

 You can sign up individually or as a group by going to:

If you have any questions about the Tesco Food Collection in Manchester contact Elizabeth Lauder

*Blackley. Burnage. Cheetham Hill. Didsbury. Droylsden. Gorton. Levenshulme, Manchester Market St. Northenden. Prestwich.

Growing with Schools

27 June 2013

The Greater Manchester Growing with Schools hub is offering a free twilight session on Thursday 27 June at Hulme Community Garden Centre from 3.30pm – 5pm. There will be information about this exciting new project, the services offered to schools and an opportunity to discuss whether the project can support your school. To hone gardening skills there will be some hands-on activities and to provide inspiration, an introduction to keeping chickens in school. The hub is a partnership between Sow the City, MEEN and Hulme Community Garden Centre, and extends across Greater Manchester. To book your place please contact Raichael Lock on 0161 273 8881 or email

Opportunities to join the Land Army in June

Location, date and time:

Thursday 20th June – Glebelands City Growers, Sale from 9.00am to
5.30pm (Cycling from Hulme to Sale!)

Friday 21st and Friday 28th June – Moss Brook Growers, Glazebury from
9.30am to 5.30pm

Event Details:

There are three opportunities coming up to get out into the great outdoors, and join the Land Army this June. We will be travelling to both Moss Brook and Glebelands City Growers over the next few weeks to help out with weeding, hoeing, digging, planting and hopefully some harvesting! So, make the most of these long, warm days and join us for a satisfying days work, helping out Greater Manchester’s organic growers,learning about growing food and meeting like-minded people! Pick up 9.00am from Hulme and back by 5.30pm for both trips to Moss Brook. We will be cycling to Glebelands, along the Bridgewater Canal, on 20th June as part of Bike Month Manchester – get in touch for more information. Lunch, hot drinks, snacks and gloves provided. You will need waterproofs. Please email if you would like to join us on any of these dates.
Bread Project proves life-changing for local people

Development Education Project (DEP) is a Manchester based Education Charity. We recently completed our first ten week Bread Project: a short baking course for local unemployed people to develop basic skills, confidence and self esteem. After a roaring success at the weekly sessions, the group are putting their baking enthusiasm to good use, creating a cookbook which we hope to sell in local shops and cafés.  They also ran a stall at the DEP Global Artists Fair, part of Chorlton Arts Festival.

This project has changed my life. I will never buy shop-bought bread again.” – Marie

Having achieved so much with this first group of trainees, DEP want to raise funding and support to train a new group of people. Our ‘baking graduates’ are also on the lookout for training and employment opportunities to help them implement their skills and ambition. We would love to hear from anyone who might be able to provide further related training, support, sponsorship or even baking equipment that would allow us to run the course again.

For information contact The original course was funded by WEA/ESF.

Food, Weight and more Level 1

Thursday mornings
1st August – 5th September
10.30am – 12.30am
93 Church Lane, Harpurhey, M9 5BG

Come and learn about the basics of healthy eating through activities and demonstrations, with the option to get an accredited qualification at the end! (need to attend majority of sessions). Priority given to North Manchester residents, to book your place call Rose Boyd on 07971331539 or 0161 234 3722

Feeding Manchester 13

 On July 13, the next Feeding Manchester event will take place at MERCi from 9-5.

The third sector, co-operatives and independent businesses, food activists and social entrepreneurs are leading the way to create a truly sustainable food system for our city and region. By utilising the vast wealth and range of experience and expertise of these pioneers, FeedingManchester #13 will be looking at how we can create a Sustainable Food City.

This day-long event of discussions, workshops and presentations will culminate in a practical report, offering guidance and inspiration, as well as a practical plan of action for Greater Manchester’s Sustainable Food Sector.  

To find out more and register please visit:


The Soul Food Project is based at the Welcome Centre in Cheetham Hill. We have developed a vegetable garden in the heart of Cheetham Hill. We are always looking for new volunteers. The group meets every Friday afternoon at 2pm, but you can come to tend the garden at other times. The Welcome Centre provides a free lunch on Thursdays and Fridays. We also provide free food parcels every Friday afternoon (dependent on donations and supplies).

The Welcome Centre is based at Trinity Church (corner of Cheetham Hill Rd and Greenhill Rd) M8 9LG

 For further information, please contact Mark Greenwood 0161 833 0377

Update from Growing Manchester Projects:

Chorlton Good Neighbours

Chorlton Good Neighbours Garden Club
Greenhouse Opening Ceremony
Thursday June 20th at 10:30 a.m
Wilbraham St Ninians Church, Egerton Road South, Chorlton, M21 0XJ

For the last year, members of Chorlton Good Neighbours Gardening Club have been working together to develop a piece of unused land within the grounds of Wilbraham St Ninians Church in Chorlton.  They have transformed the space into a flower and vegetable garden, building raised growing beds and a purpose built, accessible greenhouse. They’ve achieved a lot in the last year and now Chorlton Good Neighbours Garden Club would like to invite you to visit the garden and celebrate the official opening of their brand new greenhouse!  Why not come along on Thursday 20th June at 10.30am – there will be brief talk and a video about the development of the garden and an opportunity to meet and talk to the members, or just enjoy the garden over a bite to eat. Every one is welcome but please telephone in advance so they know to expect you.

The Chorlton Good Neighbours Gardening Club runs every Friday between 10.00am and 12.30pm.  If you would like to take part or just attend one of the sessions, contact Helen Hibberd, Co ordinator on 0161 881 2925 or email  

Urban farm opens for Manchester International Festival

In July 2013, Salford’s The Biospheric Project throws open its doors for Manchester International Festival and invites the wider world to become part of its groundbreaking urban farm experiment.

Glimpse the inner workings of this interconnected system, with indoor and outdoor growing experiments in their early stages, including forest and roof gardens, vermiculture, aquaponics, bee hives, chickens and mushroom systems.

Throughout MIF13, The Biospheric Project will have a free programme of daily events including talks, tours, film screenings and ‘how to’ workshops, as well as a weekend of activities for families.

 To find out more go to:

  • The Biospheric Project
  • Fri 5 July – Sun 21 July
  • Irwell House, East Philip Street, Salford, M3 7LE
  • Various events including free tours, talks and workshops. Advance booking required.    
  • Book at or on 0844 375 2013
  • More information:

Southway Housing Trust ‘Grow Your Own’ Programme

FREE Training & Events around South Manchester in summer 2013

Over the coming months Southway Housing Trust will be providing extensive opportunities to get our tenants and other local residents involved in food growing and gardening activities in and around neighbourhoods in Chorlton, Burnage, Didsbury, Ladybarn, Old Moat and Withington.

The Growing Communities programme will run from July to October and consist of local events, activities and training programmes. Each programme will involve four short weekly sessions based at local growing & gardening projects, community centres and primary schools (as below) and attendees will be able to learn about:
-       Starting a vegetable garden from scratch
-       Building raised beds
-       Sustainable garden design
-       Soil management and fertility,
-       Seed sowing
-       Bulbs, sowing and planting schedules
-       Pest and disease control.
-       Planting herbs, perennials, bushes and trees
-       ….and more!

Growing & Gardening Projects
-       The Riverbank Market Garden, Hardy Lane, Chorlton Park
-       Withington District Garden Society, Kingslea Rd, Didsbury
-       The Lost Plot & Southern Allotments, Arrowfield Rd, Chorlton Park

Community Centres
-       Darley Ave Children’s Centre, Darley Ave, Chorlton Park
-       The Westcroft Community Centre, Westcroft Rd, Burnage
-       Ladybarn Community Centre, Royle Street, Fallowfield

Primary Schools
-       Barlow Hall Primary School, Darley Ave, Chorlton Park
-       Old Moat Primary School, Old Moat Lane, Withington

For more info contact Southway’s Neighbourhood Growing Officer Josh Steiner at

Southway Housing Trust have a small team climbing Ben Nevis in October 2013 – Please check out our charity link to donate to Francis House:
National News

Big Lottery funding supports further development for FFLP

We are absolutely delighted to announce we have been awarded a further two years of funding totalling £3.6 million by the Big Lottery Fund to support the continued development of the Food for Life Partnership.

  • The continued commissioning of our schools programme by local authorities throughout England.
  • The development of FFLP’s successful whole settings approach into settings such as early years, hospitals, workplaces, universities and care homes.
  • A pilot project with Age UK in Bath & North East Somerset which will look at how the skills of older people can be used to support cooking and growing education in schools to the benefit of both age groups.

 The Food for Life Partnership will continue to be led by the Soil Association alongside existing partners Garden Organic, Focus on Food and the Health Education Trust. We are also delighted to be welcoming the Royal Society for Public Health as a new partner, adding strength to our health expertise.

For more information,  please visit our follow us on twitter @fflpartnership

Singing for Healthy Hearts: British Heart Foundation launch gospel choir to help people improve their heart health

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is launching its first gospel choir in London in a bid to help people from African Caribbean communities reduce their risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke.

African Caribbean men and women are twice as likely to have a stroke as people of European origin. However, according to figures from the BHF, around one in four African Caribbean adults in the UK don’t realise their ethnicity increases the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes – major risk factors for stroke and coronary heart disease (CHD).

The choir, which performed for the first time at the Jamaican Commission on May 29th, will use its performances to help communities understand that simple lifestyle changes that can reduce their risk of heart disease, such as being more active and having a better diet.It will also fundraise to support the BHF’s valuable research into fighting heart disease.

The choir has been set up in partnership with RAFFA  – a charity with expertise in working with African Caribbean communities to tackle health issues.

The BHF also has a free booklet called *Health Living Healthy Heart* designed specifically for African Caribbean communities. It can be ordered or downloaded at the BHF’s website –

For more information:
Research and publications

Edible insects: future prospects for food and feed security

Edible insects: future prospective for food and feed security” was launched on May 13th during the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. This publication describes the contribution of insects to food security. It shows the many traditional and potential new uses of insects for direct human consumption and the opportunities for and constraints to farming them for food and feed. It examines the body of research on issues such as insect nutrition and food safety, the use of insects as animal feed, and the processing and preservation of insects and their products.
The rearing of insects can be carried out in rural, peri-urban and urban areas. Insect consumption is a part of the diets of over 2 billion people worldwide!
You are welcome to download the book here:
Models and Best Practices for Building Sustainable Food Systems in Ontario and Beyond

A new report by Ontario researchers documents how farmers’ markets, co-ops and other sustainable food systems strengthen the economic, environmental and social health of local communities.

You can download the report here

Food Printing Oxford – how to feed a City
Low Carbon Oxford is a pioneering city-wide programme of collaboration between private, public and non-profit organisations with the aim of ensuring Oxford’s future as a sustainable and low carbon city. It has recently published a report that explores in detail what Oxford eats and where it comes from, how much land, water and energy is required in its production, and what greenhouse gas emissions are involved. The numbers are fascinating, but perhaps more importantly the project explores what might be done to reduce its food footprint. You can read the report here

New publications from Food Matters
Building Local Food Systems: a Handbook

Following the release of our online Building Local Food Systems handbook, we now have printed copies available. Easier to browse through, the handbook covers all the current food issues, practical actions, as well as resources to help you get involved in making your food system more sustainable.
The Building Local Food Systems Handbook has been produced to inspire, encourage, and enthuse you to explore, discover and act. The idea of the Handbook is to unpick some the key global food issues: climate change, GMO, peak oil, meat consumption and present some of the very practical actions that are happening around the country to mitigate these problems at a very local level and how you can get involved – as an individual, as a community or perhaps as part of a wider national campaign.

The Building Local Food Systems Handbook has been produced to inspire, encourage, and enthuse you to explore, discover and act. The idea of the Handbook is to unpick some the key global food issues: climate change, GMO, peak oil, meat consumption and present some of the very practical actions that are happening around the country to mitigate these problems at a very local level and how you can get involved – as an individual, as a community or perhaps as part of a wider national campaign.

The Handbook has been thoroughly researched, written and designed by Food Matters with support from the Local Food Fund.

You can order the handbook directly on our website for £10 and preview a few pages at this address
A5, 80 pages, laminated and wirebound.

Fab! Toolkit: Action on Food and Wellbeing

The second publication is our fab! Action on food and wellbeing toolkit. This toolkit was originally written to accompany the Food Matters’ fab! training, it is given to participants who have attended training as an aide-memoire and a reference guide for delivering the six week fab! programme.

It has now been updated and can be used as a stand-alone toolkit without the need to have undertaken the training although the fab training will benefit anyone working on food and mental health with vulnerable client groups . This toolkit details why integrating food and wellbeing into rehabilitation programmes is essential to long term success. The toolkit outlines what is needed to run a successful fab! programme with weekly session plans, course materials, handouts and facilitators’ notes, and additional information and a CD of resources. This toolkit is intended to be used sequentially; however the weekly topics stand-alone and can be delivered as one off sessions if that is more appropriate for the groups you are working with.
The fab! toolkit now available to buy. It has been printed on strong durable paper and is presented in a ring binder for easy use.

You can order the Fab! Toolkit directly on our website for £40 and preview a few pages by following this link:
A4, 155 pages, printed on 160gsm paper and bound with four ring binder.

Scientific Papers Summary

And finally…a selection of recent scientific papers on food and nutrition related topics

Calcium and vitamin D intakes in children: a randomized controlled trial
Background: Calcium (Ca2+) and vitamin D (VitD) play an important role in child health. We evaluated the daily intake of Ca2+ and VitD in healthy children. Moreover, we demonstrate the efficacy of Ca2+ and VitD supplementation.
Methods: Daily Ca2 + and VitD intake was evaluated in consecutive healthy children through a validated questionnaire. Subjects with <70% of dietary reference intakes (DRIs) of Ca2+ and VitD were invited to participate in a prospective randomized trial with 2 groups of nutritional intervention: Group 1, dietary counselling aiming to optimize daily Ca2+ and VitD intake plus administration of a commercially available Ca2 + and VitD supplementation product; Group 2, dietary counselling alone. At the enrolment (T0) and after 4 months (T1) serum 25(OH) Vitamin D levels were assessed.
Results: We evaluated 150 healthy children (male 50%, mean age 10 years); at baseline a low VitD intake was observed in all subjects (median 0.79 µg/die, IQR 1.78; range 0.01-5.02); this condition was associated with Ca2+ intake <70% of the DRIs in 82 subjects (55%). At baseline serum 25(OH)D levels were low (<30 ng/ml) in all study subjects and after 4 months of nutritional intervention, a normalization of serum 25(OH)D levels (=30 ng/ml) was observed in all children in Group 1 and in only one subject in Group 2 [Group 1: T1 33.8 ng/ml (IQR 2.5) vs Group 2: T1 24.5 ng/ml (IQR 5.2), p <0.001].
Conclusions: Adequate Ca2+ and VitD intakes are difficult to obtain through dietary counselling alone in pediatric subjects. Oral supplementation with Ca2+ and VitD is a reliable strategy to prevent this condition.
Cosenza et al. BMC Pediatrics 2013, 13:86

Diabetes in the workplace – diabetic’s perceptions and experiences of managing their disease at work: a qualitative study

Background:  Diabetes represents one of the biggest public health challenges facing the UK. It is also associated with increasing costs to the economy due to working days lost as people with diabetes have a sickness absence rate 2–3 times greater than the general population. Workplaces have the potential to support or hinder self-management of diabetes but little research has been undertaken to examine the relationship between work and diabetes in the UK. This paper seeks to go some way to addressing this gap by exploring the perceptions and experiences of employees with diabetes.
Methods: Forty three people with diabetes were purposively recruited to ascertain ways in which they managed their disease in the workplace. Semi-structured, interviews were undertaken, tape recorded and transcribed. Analysis was conducted using a constant comparative approach.
Results: Although respondents had informed managers of their diabetic status they felt that their managers had little concept of the effects of the work environment on their ability to manage their disease. They did not expect support from their managers and were concerned about being stigmatised or treated inappropriately. Work requirements took priority. They had to adapt their disease management to fit their job and reported running their blood glucose levels at higher than optimal levels, thereby putting themselves at higher risk of long term complications.
Conclusions: Little research has examined the way in which employees with diabetes manage their disease in the workplace. This research shows there is a need to increase the awareness of managers of the short and long term economic benefit of supporting employees with diabetes to manage their disease effectively whist at work. Employees may need individually assessed and tailored support on the job in order to manage their disease effectively.
Ruston et al. BMC Public Health 2013, 13:386

Acculturation and obesity among migrant populations in high income countries – a  systematic review

Background: There is evidence to suggest that immigrant populations from low or medium-income countries to high income countries show a significant change in obesogenic behaviours in the host society, and that these changes are associated with acculturation. However, the results of studies vary depending on how acculturation is measured. The objective of this study is to systematically review the evidence on the relationship between acculturation – as measured with a standardized acculturation scale – and overweight/obesity among adult migrants from low/middle countries to high income countries.
Methods: A systematic review of relevant studies was undertaken using six EBSCOhost databases and following the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination’s Guidance for Undertaking Reviews in Health Care. Results: The initial search identified 1135 potentially relevant publications, of which only nine studies met the selection criteria. All of the studies were from the US with migrant populations from eight different countries. Six studies employed bi-directional acculturation scales and three used uni-directional scales. Six studies indicated positive general associations between higher acculturation and body mass index (BMI), and three studies reported that higher acculturation was associated with lower BMI, as mainly among women.
Conclusion: Despite the small number of studies, a number of potential explanatory hypotheses were developed for these emerging patterns. The ‘Healthy Migrant Effect’ may diminish with greater acculturation as the host culture potentially promotes more unhealthy weight gain than heritage cultures. This appears particularly so for men and a rapid form of nutrition transition represents a likely contributor. The inconsistent results observed for women may be due to the interplay of cultural influences on body image, food choices and physical activity. That is, the Western ideal of a slim female body and higher values placed on physical activity and fitness may counteract the obesogenic food environment for female migrants.
Delavari et al. BMC Public Health 2013, 13:458

Significant others, situations and infant feeding behaviour change processes: a serial qualitative interview study

Background: Exclusive breastfeeding until six months followed by the introduction of solids and continued breastfeeding is recommended by the World Health Organisation. The dominant approach to achieving this has been to educate and support women to start and continue breastfeeding rather than understanding behaviour change processes from a broader perspective.
Method: Serial qualitative interviews examined the influences of significant others on women’s feeding behaviour. Thirty-six women and 37 nominated significant others participated in 220 interviews, conducted approximately four weekly from late pregnancy to six months after birth. Responses to summative structured questions at the end of each interview asking about significant influences on feeding decisions were compared and contrasted with formative semi-structured data within and between cases. Analysis focused on pivotal points where behaviour changed from exclusive breastfeeding to introducing formula, stopping breastfeeding or introducing solids. This enabled us to identify processes that decelerate or accelerate behaviour change and understand resolution processes afterwards.
Results: The dominant goal motivating behaviour change was family wellbeing, rather than exclusive breastfeeding. Rather than one type of significant other emerging as the key influence, there was a complex interplay between the self-baby dyad, significant others, situations and personal or vicarious feeding history. Following behaviour change women turned to those most likely to confirm or resolve their decisions and maintain their confidence as mothers.
Conclusions: Applying ecological models of behaviour would enable health service organisation, practice, policy and research to focus on enhancing family efficacy and wellbeing, improving family-centred communication and increasing opportunities for health professionals to be a constructive influence around pivotal points when feeding behaviour changes. A paradigm shift is recommended away from the dominant approach of support and education of individual women towards a more holistic, family-centred narrative approach, whilst acknowledging that breastfeeding is a practical skill that women and babies have to learn.
McInnes et al. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2013,  13:1 

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