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How We Work

Our Steering Group meets 4 times a year to:

  • share knowledge,
  • update on actions from the 4 sub-group themes,
  • guide and review future ideas.

Steering group members connect widely across the Portsmouth food sector, helping make things happen and identify ways to tackle food-related problems like obesity or food waste. Food Portsmouth members range from individuals passionate about making good food available to all, to large organisations based in the City wanting to commit to making good food a priority.

The Partnership Coordinator and other members get involved in policy work, acting as a representative voice for the local and community food sector as well as for good public food. Our sub-groups look at particular topics such as:

  • the green and urban environment,
  • food poverty and health inequalities,
  • local food supply chains.

Take a look at our current projects map to explore what’s already happening around Portsmouth. We are always open to ideas and suggestions so feel free to get in touch!

A Food Portsmouth networking and ideas event in 2016

A Food Portsmouth networking and ideas event in 2016

Who are Our Members?

Membership is open to any individual or organisation supporting the network’s aims. We ask members to make a pledge to take at least one new action in the next year - something relevant to your own activity that is sympathetic to at least one of the actions listed in one of the four subgroups: Food and Health Inequalities, Green and Urban Spaces for Food, Food Industries and Business, Food Research and Funding.

Steering Group

The group focuses on taking the lead to grow the network, and in making safe, nutritious, sustainable, and tasty food available to everyone. 

  • Nick Leach – Head of Catering, University of Portsmouth
  • Mark Sage - Tackling Poverty Coordinator, PCC
  • Paul Hutchings - Project Manager, John Pounds Centre
  • David Morton – Head of Catering, University of Winchester
  • Gail Baird - Partnership Coordinator, Food Portsmouth

Members and supporters

Portsmouth City Council, Public Health Portsmouth, University of Portsmouth, University of Portsmouth Students Union, Portsmouth Together, Pompey in the Community, John Pounds Centre, Portsmouth Food Bank Network, Somerstown Adventure Playground, Southsea Greenhouse, Portsmouth Tree Wardens, Wimbledon Park Patch, Stacey Centre Community Orchard, Portsmouth Climate Action Network, Portsmouth Friends of the Earth, Plus many independent food businesses and individuals! 

Join Us

Food Portsmouth Involvement Process

Want to join a subgroup and get involved in the actions? Then drop us an email to tell us what you’re doing / would like to do.

So what are you waiting for? Many people already support our goal to achieve good food for all in Portsmouth. Every one of them gives us a louder voice. By joining us, you’ll also get a say in what we do next!

Meet Our Partnership Coordinator

Gail Baird is our Partnership Co-ordinator. She works with organisations and groups across Portsmouth, offering advice and support to help them improve the way they produce, buy, use, and prepare food. She also is responsible for the Green & Urban Space thread and has a wide range of knowledge; from community gardening, to issues related to food security. 

Whether your organisation is already committed to making a positive impact on health, environment, and local economy, or whether you need help to get started; we’d love to hear from you! Don’t be shy!

Contact Gail for a chat or to arrange a meeting

T: 02392 89 20 22

E: gail.baird@johnpoundscentre.co.uk

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“It’s really encouraging to see and meet other like-minded individuals who share a belief in Portsmouth food industry’s future.”
— Project 5000, Portsmouth Food Entrepreneur.

Food and Health Inequalities

Food and Health Inequalities

This sub group covers a wide range of topics that affect our communities, from emergency food provision to high levels of childhood obesity. The group looks at what food means to you personally, to food and your family, food and your neighbourhood, or food and the city.

This year, group members have chosen to focus on food poverty. Food poverty covers: access to nutritious food, acceptability and adequacy of food, and feeling of security in the longer term for the individual. Food poverty can be experienced in different ways by different people. Food Poverty is a symptom of overall poverty, and therefore must be viewed alongside other things such as: employment, housing, education and skills. It’s a tough cookie to crack, but we’re taking the challenge head on!

Here is the group’s Action Plan.

Green and Urban Spaces for Food

Some feedback from our first meet-up networking session

Some feedback from our first meet-up networking session

This sub group is about greening the grey; from established parks to guerrilla gardens. The group aims to increase the number of growing spaces across the city, and the number of people who get involved in them.

Food Portsmouth is currently working with Fratton Big Local to establish the Fratton Global Garden, bringing people together from different cultures to grow edible plants and learn new skills. They will also run an after-school gardening club.

Members include:

  • Landport Community Garden,
  • The Community Allotment,
  • Stacey Centre Orchard,
  • Somerstown Adventure Playground, 
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust,
  • Portsmouth and Southsea Tree Wardens

Here is the group’s Action Plan.

Food Industries and Business

This sub group considers the complete food chain; from food production or processing, to retail and the end consumer. We aim to work with a range of businesses - established food traders, to entrepreneurial start-ups. Food Businesses have a vital part of play in supporting sustainable food. 

Sustainability means taking responsibility for the impact of your business on society, the environment and the local economy. The aim is to change these impacts from negative to neutral, or better still positive.

Choosing to produce or sell sustainable food means you’ll be making a positive difference to the local community, the environment, to animal welfare, and food waste.

We’d like to see Portsmouth establish itself as a thriving hotspot of exciting food businesses and social entrepreneurs, generating food tourism and regional recognition.

Here is the group’s Action Plan.

The first Food Industries and Business meet-up ideas session

The first Food Industries and Business meet-up ideas session