A big thank you to everyone who held a Big Lunch this year and asked people to 'bring a tin' for foodbanks. If you missed out, why not get friends, neighbours and family together for food and fun by hosting a Big Lunch next year and asking everyone to bring an item or two for your nearest foodbank?
Every year we host a foodbank network annual conference where current foodbanks and people interested in starting a foodbank can come and enjoy a day together, sharing ideas, stories and best practice.
2012 Foodbank Conference
On Wednesday 25th April over 250 people involved in foodbanks nationwide gathered together in The House on the Rock, Tufnell Park to celebrate all things foodbank. We announced our 200th foodbank, shared stories and ideas and heard a great keynote address by Executive Chairman Chris Mould.
In addition to celebration of our growth and reports from both the Network and foodbanks the conference provided seminars and training to inform equip foodbank teams:
1. Developing a supported volunteer programme
2. SURGE – Report - Research into the growth of foodbanks
3. Sustainability – Making the best use of the Recycling Project
4. Safeguarding – what a foodbank needs to consider
1. Train the trainer - Foodbank Centre Training
2. Data collection – how to use it and looking at reports
3. Fundraising – Guide to Writing Grant Applications
4. How to successfully engage with the Media
2011 Foodbank Conference, April 2011
On Wednesday 27th April over 250 people involved in foodbanks nationwide gathered together in St Paul's, Salisbury to celebrate all things foodbank. We announced our 100th foodbank, shared stories and ideas and heard a great keynote address by Steve Chalke MBE, founder of Oasis, Faithworks and Stop the Traffik... Listen to Steve Chalke's inspirational talk here (go to 'latest talks' section of St. Paul's website)
Foodbank Network Project Managers Annual Meeting, November 2010
We had a great day at our foodbank Network Project Managers Annual Meeting in Swindon on 2nd November with over 25 foodbank representatives from across the network in attendance. This conference was a chance for project managers from all over the UK to come together to be encouraged, share their ups and downs and learn from one another's experiences. There was also the opportunity for foodbanks to give feedback on the support offered to them by the network and how we can continue to do this better.
Foodbank Network North Conference, September 2010
We are really keen and working hard to see more foodbanks established in the North of England which is why we held a foodbank Network North Conference in Scunthorpe on 8th September 2010. It was a very encouraging day with people interested in opening a foodbank in the north of England coming from a wide range of areas including York, Bradford, Sheffield, South Liverpool, Blackburn, Manchester, Grantham and even as far away as Aberdeen! We shared how the foodbank project works and gave practical advice on how to go about start one up. There was a high level of genuine interest and we are excited to see how things will develop in this region.
Foodbank Network Annual Conference, May 2010
The foodbank Network Conference held in Salisbury on 28th May 2010 attracted 190 delegates from across the UK! People came from as far away as Scotland, Cornwall, Wales and London to celebrate success, share stories and work out how to make foodbanks even better. We shared that we now have over 60 foodbank projects launched across the UK and 41,000 people received help from UK foodbanks last year. 25 new projects were launched in direct response to the recession.