Plans to transform Blaenau Gwent food culture wins national recognition

Blaenau Gwent Food Partnership has achieved membership of the Sustainable Food Places network to support their efforts to make local, healthy and sustainable food available to all residence.

The Food Partnership is supported by Tai Calon Community Housing, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations and Natural Resources Wales.

The Partnership is an inspirational example of how communities, local businesses, third sector organisations and local government can work together to make affordable good food a defining characteristic of Blaenau Gwent.

In the coming months, the Blaenau Gwent Food Partnership will be launching the Sugar Smart campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of reducing sugar intake and helping residents find ways to grow their food and help the environment.

Andrew Myatt, Director of Communities at Tai Calon, said:

By the local Food Partnership becoming part of the Sustainable Food Places network, it will enable local communities to access support, advice and initiatives that improve their health and well-being. It’s really exciting and could make such a positive difference to people’s lives.

Sustainable Food Places is a network of cross-sector partnerships in towns, cities, boroughs and counties that are using food as a vehicle to drive positive change. With support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund, the Network helps people and places to share challenges, explore practical solutions and develop best practices in all aspects of healthy and sustainable food. The Network works to tackle some of the most significant social, economic and environmental issues today. From an epidemic of food poverty and diet-related ill-health to the loss of independent high street food businesses and family farms through to climate change, biodiversity loss and food waste.

Blaenau Gwent joins a network of over 55 members across the UK.

Tom Andrews, Director of Sustainable Food Places, said:

In over 55 towns and cities across the UK, individuals and organisations have come together to develop a joint vision of the kind of food culture and food system they would like to see and are working together to make that vision a reality. Blaenau Gwent has shown a real ambition to transform things for the better, and we are delighted to be able to support them in achieving their goals.

To hear more about the Blaenau Gwent Food Partnership and see how you can get involved, contact Tai Calon’s Sustainable Food Coordinator Chris Nottingham at chris.nottingham@taicalon.org on 0300 303 1717 or find us on Facebook just search for Blaenau Gwent Food Partnership.