Building a food system that serves local people

The reliance on emergency food banks in Oldham has increased over the last 15 years, especially during the recent pandemic and the current cost of living crisis. CommunityFed: Oldham is an inspiring new training programme for Oldham’s voluntary, faith, community and social enterprise sectors to support them to create and deliver alternative solutions to access more local, affordable, healthy and sustainable food.

The three-month programme will offer workshops, webinars, study visits, and specialist support, ranging from developing community-led food enterprises to alternative business models, community partnerships to building new markets for local food initiatives. If you’re based in the Oldham area and committed to transforming the food system, join our programme below and be part of a local movement.

Attending any of the CommunityFed: Oldham events will also be useful if you want to apply to our Food Security Challenge Prize (deadline 29 November 2022).

Upcoming Events

There are currently no further events planned for this project.

Previous Events

Workshop: Democratic models

10 Oct
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9:30 am
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1:00 pm

An introduction to alternative governance models for local food enterprises

Mark Simmonds, Co-op Culture
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Webinar: Food resilience in Oldham

11 Oct
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10:00 am
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12:30 pm

What do we need to build community food resilience in Oldham?

Beth Bell, Food Ethics Council
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Webinar: Pennine Cropshare

24 Oct
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1:30 pm
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2:30 pm

How to set up a successful, local, and affordable vegetable bag scheme

Jenny Slaughter, Pennine Cropshare
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Study visit: Open Kitchen MCR

25 Oct
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10:00 am
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1:00 pm

A visit to Open Kitchen MCR & their community cafe, a thriving social and community food enterprise

Corin Bell, Open Kitchen MCR
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Workshop: Business planning for food enterprises

8 Nov
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12:00 pm
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1:00 pm

Create or expand your idea for a food enterprise or project

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Study visit: Community food & growing spaces

11 Nov
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1:00 pm
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3:30 pm

How to establish a flourishing community food and growing space

Yvonne Field, Ubele & Wolves Lane Growing Hub
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Study visit to Long Causeway Farm, near Todmorden

15 Nov
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10:00 am
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11:30 am

Do you want to set up a small market garden from scratch, and earn a living from it?

Will Johnson-Dublon
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Workshop: Cracking Good Food

21 Nov
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12:00 pm
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3:30 pm

Do you want to fully utilise community kitchens to help more people to cook/source affordable meals?

Amanda Aitken MSc ANutr, Cracking Good Food
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  • Are you working for the Voluntary, Charitable, Faith or Social Enterprise Sector in Oldham or the surrounding area?
  • Do you have an idea for a food enterprise or project?
  • Are you running an existing food enterprise and would like to scale up or offer new services?
  • Are you working for a food bank, food pantry, mutual aid organisation, or coordinating emergency food provision?
  •  Are you curious to learn about putting in place longer term solutions to food poverty?
  • These workshops and events are probably not for you if you are experiencing food poverty or hunger and are looking for immediate food relief. We have deep sympathy with you if you are in hunger and would encourage you to contact your local food bank and other support agencies to get the immediate help
  • Similarly, if you are wanting to expand an existing food bank/food pantry/mutual aid, the activities probably won’t be for you. The project has an aim of supporting long-term solutions to food poverty using enterprising approaches, so the content of events and activities will help participants to achieve this goal
  • If your work takes place a long way outside of Oldham, this might not be for you. We’ve consulted with lots of people in the Oldham area working on resolving food poverty, so tailored the activities to local needs. We also expect a lot of participants to be based near to or within Oldham and to build connections and food networks that support one another.
Community Fed has several workshops, events, study visits and more to get involved with.  You can get involved in some or all of the activities by signing up to them.  Please click on each event for more details, then use the sign up now button below the information about the event to share your details and book your place.  All activities are free to attend!

Please remember that you can sign up to as many events as you like - if you’ve been inspired by one event, then you may like to attend another to build your knowledge and get to meet new people.  We look forward to seeing you!

Resources

Finance & Governance

Co-operatives UK Simply series is a suite of guides covering co-operative governance, legals, finance, membership and more,

Guides

  • Sustain’s Food-Co-op Kit
    All the important things you need to think about when setting up and running a food co-op, buying group, or other community food enterprise.
  • ‘Grow a Grocery’ the Manchester-based Unicorn grocery’s guide to starting and growing a wholefood workers’ co-operative.

‘Power Up the Flavour’: a guide to low cost and healthy cooking using less energy from The Greater Manchester's Cracking Good Food.

The Food Security Challenge Prize

  • Apply for funding through the Food Security Challenge Prize, start-up and scale-up grants and mentoring for new or scaling food enterprises that are developing the most effective responses to local food insecurity and focus on long-term change, social impact, and increasing employment in the local food sector.

Events

  • Building Better Food Systems Conference (in-person and online), 28-29 September 2022, Stretford Public Hall, Greater Manchester. Bringing together food and farming businesses, policy makers, researchers, and social justice movements to ask the question of how we can realise the full potential of local and resilient food systems.
  • Webinar by Feeding Britain, 29th September 2022, 4pm: Transitioning from a food bank to an Affordable Food Club.
  • Webinar by Feeding Britain, 27th October, 4pm: Growing activities alongside affordable food provision – including community growing and accessing locally grown produce. Sign up here:
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