FGF2 Feb doubleWhat are we doing now?

This year, after securing Big Lottery funding, we are delighted to announce that we are working with several new primary schools: Countess Wear, Wynstream and Newtown!

Planning and getting started

What have we been up to so far?

Initial meetings

Prior to the start of Food Glorious Food, our project coordinator, Nicole Redfern, was busy recruiting local primary schools and finding local people and community groups interested in getting involved. These initial meetings were a great opportunity to start building links within communities in Exeter and explore ways of connecting people through food-based learning and activity.

Welcome session

Back in early February, we held a welcome session with teachers and local food producers. This gave our school representatives the chance to learn more about Food Glorious Food and also gave local food producer partners the opportunity to share their work and the activities they have to offer. Here, teachers began exploring ideas for food groups in their schools and we addressed the ways in which each school could help each other out.

Start-up planning sessions

In mid-February, we held a start-up planning session for schools and community representatives at Countess Wear Community School. The main focus of this facilitated session was to get schools and groups to explore and think about their own local communities: How can Food Glorious Food make a positive impact in our community? How can we go about making this happen?

Participants thought and talked about their dreams and aspirations for the project. They considered practical factors such as their school’s other commitments and previous involvement with community. The session enabled group leaders to generate ideas for potential food group activities and events and to address how they wanted Food Glorious Food to impact their schools and local communities. It also got conversations going between community representatives and schools that wanted to help and grow to know each other better.

In addition, the start-up planning session helped groups to work out logistics and equipped schools with the means to resolve problems they might encounter (e.g. reaching out to other schools for support with transport).