National Framework, Local Partnerships
The Food for Life Partnership programme is built around a series of core elements applied flexibly to meet local needs. The summaries below will give you an idea of how the programme is working in some of our commissioned areas. If you'd like to explore further how FFLP could work in your area, please get in touch.
Lincolnshire: Lincolnshire County Council have commissioned FFLP over three consecutive years as part of a wider package of measures which tackle the root cause of behaviours that contribute to the development of obesity in young people. The programme works across the county, with particular focus on different target areas each year, maintaining that support after initial targeting. An emphasis has been placed on teacher training days for food growing, cooking, farm links and lunchtime experience training, with the recent addition of a package designed to support Lincolnshire schools in setting up school farmers markets.
Calderdale: Following the first 12 months of an NHS Calderdale funded FFLP programme, FFLP has been jointly commissioned for a further two years by Calderdale CCG and Calderdale Council (Public Health). The aim of the programme over the next two years is to continue to develop the area-wide work with schools, as well as further innovation into new settings, particularly early years, care homes and hospitals. The programme has also developed a package of support for school catering, which involves many schools with an ‘in-house’ service in Calderdale.
Devon: We have been commissioned over three years in Devon to establish healthier behaviours around food via an improved school food culture and subsequent improved family and wider community food behaviours. Our Local Programme Manager delivers direct support to schools, coordinating teacher training events with particular focus on growing and cooking food, lunchtime experience and farm links, as well as facilitating a network of FFLP ambassadors to share best practice. Recent success has led to Devon Public Health providing additional funding to increase the time and support from the LPM to extend reach.
Kirklees: NHS Kirklees (now Kirklees Council Public Health) has commissioned FFLP to deliver our programme to all schools in the area. Local Authority Catering Team at Kirklees Council is a key partner in this commission and has a strong history in supporting FFLP activity in schools. A programme of training for school staff has been developed in cooking, food growing, food leadership and farm links. A variety of local partner organisations sit on an FFLP steering group which actively supports delivery of the programme. There is a strong focus on training for school cooks, which will include teaching cooking skills for children, understanding food quality and food sourcing and composting at school. Not only has Kirklees Catering Service been involved strategically, they have also invested financially in staff training to support the programme. The success of the programme has led to the Council increasing their investment to enable the recruitment of a second member of FFLP delivery staff.
Stoke-on-Trent: Stoke-on-Trent City Council (Public Health) has recently commissioned FFLP over two years to support and facilitate schools, the wider school community, and caterers. The objective is to give those groups the opportunity, confidence, and ability to access fresh, healthy and sustainable food, providing the skills and knowledge to make informed food choices leading to healthy and sustainable food behaviours. In addition, the project aims to enable change within school settings and across wider health, education, and school meal systems through influencing stakeholders and strategy at local and national levels to adopt the FFLP framework and ethos as part of the Council’s strategy in tackling food poverty. There is additional emphasis on schools achieving FFLP awards, and following models and learning that adopt the Sustainable Food Cities approach.