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UK: Big Lottery funding supports further development for FFLP

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A further two years of funding totalling £3.6m (€4.2m) was awarded by the Big Lottery Fund to support the continued development of the Food for Life Partnership. The grant will allow broadening the reach of the programme, ensuring that access to healthy food for more children, families and communities can be supported as well as provide opportunities to increase their cooking and growing skills and to enable them to gain a better understanding of where their food comes from. Some examples of what schools are doing to achieve this can be found at FFLP. (Picture: Children from Bassingham Primary School )

The funding supports the continued management and administration of the highly successful schools programme which will allow to develop further commissioning by local authorities to support key health and wellbeing priorities in their areas. Updates and news from the commissioned areas can be found here. It provides the opportunity to expand and develop the positive impact of the ‘whole setting’ approach developed for schools into areas such as hospitals, workplaces and care homes, where the provision of healthy food is already being positively influenced by the Food for Life Catering Mark. A further pilot project, working jointly with Age UK in Bath & North East Somerset, will explore how social isolation in older people can be reduced by making use of their valuable cooking and growing skills to support education in schools.

The partnership will continue to be led by the Soil Association alongside the existing partners Garden Organic, Focus on Food and the Health Education Trust. The Royal Society of Public Health is a new partner. The grant is part of a £40m investment from the Big Lottery Fund’s £200m Well-Being programme, which began in 2007 and originally funded the development of FFLP. The programme is aimed at improving the health of people across England, including interventions that will improve the wellbeing of some of the country’s most marginalised groups. Details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available on their website.

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