Supporting key stakeholders to be part of a Scotland-wide network which challenges the drivers of food insecurity and calls for socially just solutions was a key recommendation of our feasibility study. The study highlighted a strong appetite amongst stakeholder groups for a project that would support local organisations to ‘have a voice’ and feed in their experiences to public awareness raising and campaigning for change. Stakeholders expressed a strong interest in engaging in campaigning and lobbying activities which would gather momentum behind preventative and dignified approaches to combating food insecurity.
Our Project Officers will be responsible for delivering up to fourteen half day regional networking events across Scotland – two in year one and up to six in years two and three. It is envisaged that each event will be attended by up to fifty staff and volunteers from stakeholder organisations across the public and third sectors as well as people with lived experience of food insecurity (with support provided, as required).
Over the course of the project, we will aim to deliver a networking event in each of the following regions: the Highlands and Islands; North East Scotland; Mid-Scotland and Fife; Lothian; Central Scotland; Glasgow; West Scotland; and South Scotland.
The networking events will provide opportunities to share project learning and encourage others to engage in practice development within their organisations and communities. In addition, they will support stakeholders to:
- Share learning, experience, and good practice on prevention and dignified responses across stakeholder groups;
- Develop sectoral and cross-sectoral partnerships and collaborative working;
- Become better informed on the nature, scale and impact of food insecurity;
- Increase understanding of policy issues (identified in the feasibility study) relating to food insecurity.