Paul Goggins Memorial Prize Winner: The Whitefoot and Downham Community Food + Project
In spring 2014 the Webb Memorial Trust launched the Paul Goggins Memorial Prize. Paul Goggins MP was the Secretary of the APPG Poverty and a championÂ of the anti-poverty agendaÂ in Parliament and outside.
“For Paul, the anti-poverty debate was not a discussion to be had solely by politicians and academics, separate from the everyday lives of people struggling to cope with the reality of poverty. Paul believed that the voices of people living in poverty should be heard at the highest level and that direct local action amongst citizens to address poverty should be encouraged and embraced.”
Kate Green MP on the late Paul Goggins MP
The Webb Memorial Trust and APPG on PovertyÂ soughtÂ nominations for the best civil society initiatives that couldÂ demonstrate poverty reductionÂ in a tangible way. Local community organisationsÂ submittedÂ a range of innovative and engaging projects to their local MPs who then made the nominations to the Trust and APPG.
In November 2014 the one-off prize of ÂŁ3000Â was awarded toÂ The Whitefoot and Downham Community Food + ProjectÂ inÂ Bromley, south east London.
Have a look atÂ the video submitted by the winning initiativeÂ and nominatedÂ byÂ Lewisham East MP, Heidi Alexander.
In the summer of 2013, Whitefoot Ward Local Councillor Janet Daby brought together a group of local church and community leaders to share her vision of alleviating food poverty and building local community. The Project’s primary focus was to reduceÂ hunger, particularly for those adversely affected by changes to benefits following the Welfare Reform Act. By working closely with a network of volunteers and local partner organisations, such as housing associationsÂ and debt advice centres, the ProjectÂ offers a holisticÂ approach to tackling deprivation.
“I like to think that the Whitefoot and Downham Community Food + Project story is of a community building relationships and being mutually supportive. We need each other, to offer support and to help one another.Â Building strong communities is needed, whether it is to listen, to socialise, to give advice, support with decision making, finding employment, support with child care and so on. We also need toÂ reduce the isolation and fear that many people really do experience.Â As people we are stronger when we do things together, which I feel is why wdcfplus project has been so successful.”
Cllr Janet Daby
Chair of Whitefoot and Downham Community Food + ProjectÂ and Local Councillor for Whitefoot Ward
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