San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
One of the largest causes of the recent increase in food poverty has been has been the ever harshening system of sanctions imposed on benefit claimants. This free event will bring together individuals, community groups and advice organisations to discuss what can be done to both support individuals who have been sanctioned and to challenge the unfairness of the sanctions system.
What support is there for people who have been sanctioned? What rights do people who have sanctioned have to appeal? What can people do at a community level to raise awareness of the stress, anxiety and suffering that benefit sanctions cause? How can communities best respond to meet needs of people experiencing food poverty as a result of being sanctioned?
2.00pm Setting the Scene: the link between benefit sanctions and food poverty
(Tim Cowen, Manager, Woodlands Community Development Trust)
2.10pm Benefit Sanctions: The Impacts
(Marion Davis, Policy and Research Adviser, One Parent Families Scotland)
2.25pm Creating Alternatives
(Maggie Kelly, Independent Welfare Consultant, Corravare)
2.35pm Discussion and Q&A
3.00pm Coffee Break
3.30pm – 4.30pm Workshops
A) Emergency Food Aid and Resilient Communities
(Tim Cowen, Woodlands Community Development Trust)
B) Effective Campaigning
(Maggie Kelly, Corravare)
C) Sanctions and the Scottish Welfare Fund
(Barbara Donegan, Child Poverty Action Group)
4.30pm – 5.00pm Closing Plenary
5.00pm – 6.00pm Carry on the conversation over a cuppa
6.00 - 8.00pm Food Hub Dinner
The event is being organised by Woodlands Community Garden as part of our Local Food Social Support Hub Initiative. This sees us tackling food poverty through increasing access to fresh local food and through bringing people and support organisations together around a shared meal.
Following on the main discussion event you are invited to carry on the conversation more informally over tea/coffee in the Albany Centre cafe. From 6-8pm a hot main meal will be available for people who have been sanctioned or who otherwise experiencing food poverty.
When & Where
Woodlands Community Cafe
Woodlands Community Development Trust is a small local charity, whose work is having a big impact. Our Community Garden supports over 50 families to grow their own food and our volunteer training programmes have helped people learn new skills, reduce their isolation and further develop the garden as a therapeutic space. Our Community Café’s inclusive approach has enabled people from diverse backgrounds to work together collaboratively and enabled us to restore a sense of community and solidarity. Woodlands Community Garden has grown more than just food, it has grown a community. It is a vibrant outdoor community centre – a wonderfully therapeutic space that helps people to recover from the stresses and strains of every day life. Linked to the garden, our community café serves up more than just food. Pioneering an alternative approach to food banks that centres around a shared meal, we have reduced the stigma of accessing food aid and this year served up over 3600 healthy meals. The food at the café is shared and in that sharing everyone is made to feel equal.