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All-island Food Poverty Network: Social Prescribing

All-island Food Poverty Network: Social Prescribing

Does it have a role in tackling food poverty and how can community food projects support it?

Does it have a role in tackling food poverty and how can community food projects support it?

Date: Tuesday 24 September, 2019

Time: 09.45am – 14.50pm

Venue: Sean O’Casey Community Centre, 18-26 St Mary’s Road, North, East Wall, Dublin, D03 AY74.  (Open the location in Google Maps)

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Workshop overview

The event explored the positive impact that social prescribing has had on individual health and wellbeing. Presentations highlighted how the role of social prescribing within healthcare could be extended to tackle food poverty within the local community. The event also included examples of community-based approaches and case studies and how food in the community could support social prescribing.

A new afternoon session was added to the workshop which provided an opportunity for academic institutes to showcase research in the area of food poverty on the island of Ireland.





9.45 - 10.30am Registration  
10.30 - 12.45am Conference session  
10.30 - 10.35am Welcome address Ray Dolan, safefood
10.35 - 11.00am Social prescribing: a simple but effective link between the health service and communities Tony Doherty, Social Prescribing Network Ireland
11.00 - 11.20am Connecting people, building communities and improving lives through social prescribing Leeann Monk, Elemental, The Social Prescribing People
11.20 - 11.40pm Coffee break  
11.40 - 12.00pm Social prescribing – experience from general practice Darach Ó Ciardha, General Practitioner
12.00 - 12.20pm Social prescribing: connecting people through cooking Margaret O’Neill, Health Service Executive
12.20 - 12.45pm Roundtable discussion and closing remarks Ray Dolan, safefood
12.45 - 13.15pm Lunch  
13.15 - 14.50pm Research session  
13.15 - 13.20pm Session introduction Joana Silva, safefood
13.20 - 13.35pm Trainee teachers’ perceptions of food poverty during school-based placements Sinead Furey, Ulster University
13.35 - 13.50pm Disparities in the cost and availability of a healthy food basket for rural dwellers Natasha McClelland, Ulster University
13.50 - 14.05pm Food poverty: experiences in Ireland Michael Drew, University College Dublin
14.05 - 14.15pm Charitable food provisioning in the Republic of Ireland: exploring the contribution of surplus food towards a fairer food system Tara Kenny, University College Cork
14.15 - 14.35pm Measuring food poverty in Ireland: the importance of including exclusion Amy Erbe Healy, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
14.35 - 14.50pm Panel discussion & closing comments Fionnuala Close, Food Standards Agency NI


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