FoodFutures work, campaigns and projects are shaped by its working groups (collectively forming the partnership) and wider support networks. Without these, and the people that show up, we would not be able to create a thriving local food system that is healthy, resilient and fair.

We always welcome new people to join us. Find out how you can get involved…

Ways to Get Involved

North Lancashire (NL) Food Champion Network

FoodFutures is seeking enthusiastic people to join the North Lancashire Food Champion Network.

This network aims to link people across the area, support people and community groups and enable them to link with different projects across the FoodFutures partnership.

Whatever your passion, we have lots of ways for you to get involved. From informal social networking events, to skill shares, to active volunteering on various projects… We aim to assist you in finding a role that matches your interests and skills.

This is a food citizen role – playing an active part in democratically shaping our local food system towards one that is healthy, resilient and fair. Complete this form to join the network:

Become a FoodFriend

FoodFriends is a dedicated fundraising scheme run by LESS. It supports the development of regenerative local food projects and the training of new small-scale organic growers.

‘FoodFriends’ make a regular donation of £5 per month and are entered into monthly prize draws to win Local Food Vouchers. These can be spent with our partner organisations.

Pledge to Grow Our FoodFutures

Read Our Food Futures: A Community Food Strategy For North Lancashire, and then take one or all of the following steps:

  1. Share your feedback. What are you excited about? What is missing from the 2030 vision? What can you do? Share your thoughts on social media using #GrowingFoodFutures, post on the Friends of FoodFutures Facebook Page, or email foodfutures@lessuk.org
  2. Connect and link up. Find others that are interested in making a change locally and work with others to move projects forward. If you don’t know anyone, find like-minded people in FoodFutures working groups, volunteer with a local community food organisation, or join online groups like Friends of FoodFutures on Facebook.
  3. Take action. There are many ways to support this positive food vision and strategy – as a policy maker, business, an organisation or individual. Check out the Good Food Manifesto and ‘Call to Action’ for inspiration.

Join a quarterly partnership meeting

Every three months FoodFutures hosts an online quarterly partnership meeting. These are open to anyone. They are great for getting an overview of FoodFutures; to find out what is going on, to ask questions and to share ideas. Find times, dates and joining details here:

Join a Working Group

FoodFutures strategy, projects and actions are shaped by our working groups and their active members. People bring their ideas, enthusiasm, knowledge, experience and connections; supporting us in tackling food-related problems that impact all of us locally and nationally.

To join a working group, email the working group lead.

Learn more about our working groups and their priorities here:

Write a food column

FoodFutures coordinates a weekly food column in the Lancaster and Morecambe Guardian. We also produce the quarterly community food magazine THRIVE.

Anyone (including you!) can contribute stories and articles. We welcome, celebrate and share:

  • Your sustainable and local food stories.
  • Information about local food and community events.
  • Stories about local food projects.
  • North Lancashire seasonal recipes.
  • Sustainable food businesses.

For guidance on writing a column, please see our ‘how to’ guide.

Send completed to columns to marketing@lessuk.org

Join Closing Loops in creating a thriving, regenerative local economy

Closing Loops is a collaborative project launched by FoodFutures to support community-led action and local initiatives to transform waste into a valuable resource. It aims to stimulate a zero-waste, circular and regenerative local economy.

Find out more about how you can join in with the Closing Loops activities in the areas of:

  • REconomy
  • Gleaning
  • Cooking and community food skills
  • Composting
  • Markets
  • THRIVE Magazine and citizen journalism

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