Good Food Matters for People in Later Life

16 May 2019 09:30 - 16 May 2019 15:30
The Monastery, Gorton Lane, Manchester M12 5WF

The Food for Life Better Care National Conference: learning from co-designed solutions to improve quality of later life through food

Cost: This conference is free to attend which has been made possible through The National Lottery Community Fund. Registration is essential. If you have registered and can no longer attend the conference, please contact us as soon as possible to enable another person to use your place.

Chair: Joanna Lewis, Policy and Strategy Director, Soil Association

Themes: Food in later life; malnutrition; loneliness; cross-generational links; therapeutic food activities; mealtimes; co-design; ethnographic research; food for health and wellbeing; community cohesion; quality of later life; whole setting approach to food in care homes; food in the community; eating well in hospital

About this conference

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, the Food for Life Better Care programme has enabled testing, learning, failing and innovating in three UK localities, using food as the vehicle for bringing communities together, preventing malnutrition, and tackling loneliness for people in later life. We’ve captured how co-designed, holistic good food practices can bring joy and happiness, opportunities to socialise, and improve physical and mental wellbeing for individuals, organisations and communities.
Working in partnership with a wide range of organisations, the Food for Life Better Care programme has developed innovative whole setting approaches and holistic food approaches that support the health and wellbeing of older people in hospitals, living the community, and living in care homes.
This conference will present independent programme evaluation conducted by the University of the West of England and will share powerful person-centred stories of impact through co-designed food-based interventions.

What will you learn?
Join us to learn about the following:
1. How meaningful, purposeful and sustainable intergenerational links using food can be created between education settings and care homes, and with older people living in the community, with benefits from all. Examples include health and social care students working with a care setting, a school working with local grandmas to support food education, and nurseries and care homes working together regularly using therapeutic food activities to develop friendships across generations.
2. How food can be used as a solution for health, wellbeing, community cohesion, improving quality in health and social care, developing skills within care, and bringing people of differing background, ages, faiths and cultures together for the benefit of all.
3. How ethnographic research and person-centred approaches have demonstrated how food-related issues are experienced by people, and have enhanced knowledge around the role of food for wellbeing.
4. How food growing, cooking and hen keeping as therapeutic food activities in later life can make a difference to wellbeing, and how these approaches can be delivered through training and support.
5. How mealtimes and dining spaces can be improved to support the nutritional and social needs of older people in care and in hospitals.
6. How care settings can take a whole setting approach to good food through themes such as leadership, the quality of the food served, food growing, food reminiscence activities, staff training and wellbeing, and intergenerational links and community engagement.
7. How you can engage with Food for Life to use this learning in your area.

Wider benefits for you and your organisation
This will be no ordinary conference! Food for Life works to create space for change, co-design solutions, and deliver change using practical, engaging and innovative approaches. At the conference you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from beneficiaries of the programme
  • Engage in practical food activities
  • Join in the conversation and network with people and organisations closely involved in the programme.
  • Hear from independent evaluators of the programme
  • See the resources developed through the programme
  • Find out how to get your area and organisation involved and be part of future action in this space
  • Quiz experts who have developed the Food for Life Better Care solutions

Programme outline
09:30 Registration opens. Refreshments available. Opportunities to talk with experts and engage in a food activity.
10:10 Welcome from our conference Chair, Joanna Lewis, Policy and Strategy Director, Soil Association
10:20 Keynote presentation – what are the key issues associated with food in later life?
10:45 The co-design approach – how testing, failing, learning and iterating created solutions that work
10:55 Break. Refreshments available. Opportunities to talk with experts and engage in a food activity.
11:10 Approach to food in care homes and creating intergenerational connections. Impact and learning from independent evaluators, beneficiaries and the Food for Life local programme team.
11:40 Workshop 1 (Choose from four themes: intergenerational links; care homes and food; food and later life in the community; food and later life in hospitals)
12:15 Lunch. Refreshments available. Opportunities to talk with experts and engage in a food activity.
01:15 Food and people in later life in the community. Impact and learning from independent evaluators, beneficiaries and the Food for Life local programme team.
01:30 Eating together in hospital. Impact and learning from independent evaluators, beneficiaries and the Food for Life local programme team.
01:40 Workshop 2 (Choose from four themes: intergenerational links; care homes and food; food and later life in the community; food and later life in hospitals)
02:15 Break. Refreshments available. Opportunities to talk with experts and engage in a food activity.
02:30 The Food for Life Better Care Programme Legacy – What’s next?
02:45 Questions for the panel followed by closing remarks
03:30 Close

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Contacts

Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities
lballin@soilassociation.org

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association
www.soilassociation.org


Food Matters
www.foodmatters.org


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk 

 
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