Since 1st October, the Food Partnership coordinator role has been based at OASES North East, as part of Food Durham’s transition to a new host organisation.   OASES will support the development of Food Durham as it works through the Sustainable Food Places ‘Bronze to Silver’ framework over the next two years.  DCA remains an active and valued member of Food Durham, through its membership of the Advisory Group and delivery on key themes.

OASES (Outdoor and Sustainability Education Specialists) is a charitable organisation that has worked with Food Durham for some time, firstly through the Community Growing Group and more recently in partnership to deliver the Food Resilience Project. Over the summer we began conversations with Durham Community Action (DCA) about taking a more central role and were delighted to be able to arrange a secondment agreement for the Food Durham Coordinator to join the OASES Team, initially for 1 year.

OASES has historically focussed on supporting children and young people with outdoor and global sustainability education but over the past 18 months we’ve been including more community-based activities both inside and outside County Durham. This is part of our wider climate emergency agenda work and we see food as a key element of net zero planning for local communities. We are excited to see how we can help Food Durham develop in the coming months and we’re keen to collaborate and work in partnership to help build a fairer, greener and healthier Food System for communities in the North East.  If you’d like to know more, please do get in touch with Hannah@FoodDurham.net

Food Durham Annual Gathering

It has been a long time since Food Durham has held an Annual Gathering and we’re missing you all!  Plans are being made for an event in early March where we hope to share some of the work that partners have been delivering over the past couple of years, gather ideas and input for our Silver SFP work and of course, enjoy some healthy, sustainable and delicious food. Watch this space for more info.