Foodbank Conference 2016

Trussell Trust foodbanks gathered for our 12th annual conference, sharing ways to tackle UK poverty.

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Being part of The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network means the chance to attend our foodbank conference every year. It’s always a great day as foodbanks come together to be inspired, learn from and encourage one another, with this year’s conference including a keynote speech from Martin Lewis. Here’s what happened…


Excitement was in the air of the Bethel Convention centre in West Bromwich on Wednesday morning as over 400 foodbank delegates arrived ready for an inspiring and encouraging day ahead.


They were welcomed by Trussell Trust Chairman, Chris Mould who began by commending foodbanks on their vital work in their communities. He reminded them that they are part of an important movement and that compassion lies at the heart of all that we do.


Foodbank Network Director Adrian Curtis then gave us an update and overview of the last year.


It was then time for the morning seminars, which covered a range of topics, including sharing innovative social enterprise activities, hearing ideas of how small foodbanks can make a big impact, exploring political engagement and hearing more about the data collection system.

It was great to see a range of exhibitors in the foyer sharing information throughout the day, including: Christians Against Poverty, Turn2us, Charis Grants, PayPlan, Community Money Advice, Zurich Insurance, Rotary International in Great Britain and Shelter.


After a quick coffee break if was the part of the day that everyone was most looking forward to – the keynote speech from Martin Lewis!


Thank you to Martin Lewis for coming along and giving an interesting talk that left us all feeling inspired and encouraged! Conversations over the excitement of Martin Lewis’ speech continued over lunch, as delegates prepared themselves for the afternoon seminars.


Feeling refreshed, the afternoon seminars included an update on the More Than Food projects, ways to find funds for foodbanks, information on governance and best practices for managing people. 


Sadly the Foodbank Network Conference was drawing to a close and it was time for the last session of the day, a Q&A with The Trussell Trust panel.


And it’s all over for another year! It’s always great to meet wonderful foodbank staff and volunteers who give up their time to help make a difference and tackle poverty in their communities.

It was an inspiring day, thank you to all the foodbanks that came along and shared experiences by delivering seminars. We hope to see you all next year!