Dignity in Practice Learning Events
We are hosting a series of learning events for people involved in responding to food insecurity in Scotland, and for people who are working to promote rights-based approaches. This work is being co-produced with our partners in the Dignity in Practice project.
The Learning Event Series aims to:
- bring together people throughout Scotland who design, deliver and take part in responses to food insecurity (community, local, national stakeholders);
- improve knowledge and understanding of the relationships between access to food, dignity, the right to food and the food system;
- inspire and support those who are interested in taking further action to promote dignity and human rights in response to food insecurity;
- provide opportunities for stakeholders throughout Scotland to consider how to put ideas into practice.
Themes and Dates (2022 dates are updated below)
Part 1: Dignity and choice through financial support
Part 2: Affording the food we need in a Good Food Nation
- Supporting everyone to access the food they need to be healthy and well – 10th March 11.00-13.00
- Realising the right to food in Scotland – 17th March 11.00-13.00
What to expect
Each online event will bring people from across Scotland together to hear about inspiring work that is already taking place and provide opportunities for participants to reflect on how the learning from different approaches could be used in their local areas.
The events will include contributions from a range of people with experience trialling different approaches to preventing and responding to food insecurity, as well as dedicated time for small group discussions so that participants can share reflections on the learning and consider next steps.
Participants will be invited to submit questions and explore materials from the speakers in their own time ahead of the events to enable the conversations on the day to be focused on reflection and key learning from different models.
Part 1: Dignity and Choice through Financial Support
Embedding Cash First Approaches, 25th November 2021
The first event focused on strengthening referral pathways and the tools and strategies that people in Scotland are using to empower frontline staff and volunteers to help people facing food insecurity access existing financial grants and entitlements.
Speakers discussed how practical resources like the ‘Worrying About Money?’ leaflets and Money Counts training courses are helping to build confidence to have ‘quality conversations’ and make active referrals to financial advice and support when someone is financial insecurity.
Materials from event
Watch the full event:
David Ramsay, Homeless Network Scotland “No Wrong Door” approach slides PDF
Event slides PDF
- Report: Biggs, Hannah, Hamid, Asiya and MacGregor, Andy (2021) Worrying About Money? Scotland’s Cash First Referral Leaflet – impact findings
- Resource: Worrying About Money? cash first referral leaflets
- Slides: Independent Food Aid Network (2021) Cash First: Accessing cash payments in a crisis and the principles of a cash first approach to food insecurity
- Summary: Overview of Money Counts Training Course in Highland (2021)
- Guest blog: Douglas, Flora (2021) Cash First approaches to addressing food insecurity: What is the role of health visitors, midwives and family nurses?
- Report: Douglas, Flora and MacIver, Emma (2021) A qualitative investigation of the perspectives and experiences women and families living on low income in Aberdeen City associated with the introduction of the Financial Inclusion Pathway in 2019/2020
- Report: The Homeless Network Conference Report 2018, No Wrong Door
Improving the Cash Offer, 2nd December 2021
Building on Novembers’ discussion, this second event focused on the ways local authorities and third sector organisations are making cash and financial support more accessible and beneficial for people facing food insecurity.
We delved into the learning from the ‘Flexible Food Fund’ in Moray and Argyll & Bute, and took a look at wider examples and approaches. Participants had an opportunity to consider what else the Scottish Government should include in its new National Plan for Ending the Need for Food Banks.
Materials from event
Watch the full event:
Event slides PDF
- Slides: Moray Council (November 2021) Flexible Food Fund Scheme
- Report: Gordon, K., Loopstra, R., Goldberg, B. and Lambie-Mumford, H., (2021) ‘Moray Case Study, Mapping local responses: March to August 2020’
- Article: Moray Council’s Flexible Food Fund
- Slides: Argyll & Bute Council (July 2021) Flexible Food Fund – supporting our communities
- Slides: Argyll & Bute Council in partnership with Bute Advice Centre, ALIenergy and the Community Food Forum (November 2021) Flexible Food Fund Project
Ensuring that everyone in Scotland has reliable access to affordable and nutritious food is a core part of realising the right to food and promoting dignity. Making this a reality requires collaboration across public, private and third sector stakeholders as well as coordination of national, local and community-level action. This event series explores practical examples of how rights-based and dignified approaches are already underway in Scotland and elsewhere, and what more can be learned about our next steps.
Since the start of the pandemic, we have been speaking with people who design, deliver and take part in responses to food insecurity about how to adapt approaches and strategies in the face of new challenges for their community members. During our online workshops, we shared examples of how well-established community food initiatives were continuing to use the Dignity in Principles in Practice to inform their engagement with local communities, and we also heard about the overwhelming challenges that community providers were experiencing as more and more people found themselves without financial security. By late 2020, there was a growing recognition by members of the Dignity Peer Network that a right to food approach was needed to ensure that everyone in Scotland has the ability to afford the food that they need.
In October 2021, the Scottish Government launched a consultation on its draft national plan for Ending the Need for Food Banks, recognising that doing so would “contribute toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal commitments on ending hunger, eradicating poverty and ensuring good health and wellbeing” and “to our commitment to realise the right to food as part of the right to an adequate standard of living”.