Over the next few years North Lancashire’s FoodFutures partnership will be hosting a number of community conversations. These seek to discuss and explore all things food with people that live, work and play in and around North Lancashire. Through creating spaces for discussion and debate, we hope to understand local needs, wants and challenges around food, which will help shape our work going forwards. We consider this approach essential for ensuring our sustainable food work and strategy is shaped by many different people and communities across the district.

Two such community conversations will take place in July.

Lancaster University is co-hosting two community conversations with North Lancashire’s FoodFutures partnership. We invite you to join us!

These community conversations will explore people’s food habits and how these may have changed over time. Whether you have never thought about where your food comes from, or you consider yourself to be an active food citizen, we welcome you! We seek a variety of people that live, study and/or work in Lancaster to join us.

The conservations will last approximately 1.5 hours and will cover a range of topics: from where people source their food and how this may have changed over time, and why? The findings from these discussions will inform the dissertation project of a MSc student at Lancaster University and will also shape FoodFutures work going forwards.

To support wider attendance, we are hosting two in-person group conversations of up to 10 people.

One will be held on Wednesday 20th July from 17:30 – 19:00. (Register here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lancashire-food-and-you-tickets-377816448167)

One will be held on Sunday 24th July from 14:00 – 15:30. (Register here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lancashire-food-and-you-tickets-377818444137)

Locally sourced snacks and refreshments will be provided. There will also be a prize draw for a £30 local food hamper for those that attend each session.

For more information about the sessions, and to join us, please contact Robert Gordon by email r.gordon3@lancaster.ac.uk, or call 07422651776.

FoodFutures has also partnered with the University of Central Lancashire to support a PhD that is exploring ideas relating to food citizenship. At its core, it will explore how we can support people to go beyond passively buying food to playing an active role in shaping how our food system works, and the challenges that people may face in doing this.

UCLAN hosted three small community conversations in April and May as a pilot. The outcomes and learnings from these will shape further community conversations over the next couple of years as the PhD progresses.

To find out about these and other upcoming conversations and events, keep an eye on the FoodFutures calender of events: https://foodfutures.org.uk/whats_on/

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