Focus on Foodbanks in Kent

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Kent listened to feedback from various local Foodbanks and heard that they would value the opportunity to collaborate more in order to share ideas and solutions to common issues. In partnership with Engaging Kent, they have planned a workshop to bring Foodbanks together from across Kent, on 2nd March 2018. Topics for discussion include: mental health challenges, lack of Police support and the reliance on Foodbank staff to advocate for vulnerable people.

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General details

Report title 
Focus on Foodbanks in Kent
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Kent
Date of publication 
Friday, 9 February, 2018
Type of report 
Key themes 
Food and nutrition
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Voluntary and Community Sector
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
Engaging Kent
How was the information collected? 
Not known
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 
Community based services for people with mental health needs

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Not known

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Not applicable

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.