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Food for Conversation in Worthing

Funded on Spacehive 6 March 2019

Impact data and claims within this report are provided by the project creator and have not been independently verified by Spacehive.

Food for Conversation in Worthing

Food for Conversation in Worthing

We Are FoodPioneers CIC By We Are FoodPioneers CIC

We are fundraising to help us start up a series of facilitated group conversations as part of indoor and outdoor social cookery in Worthing sharing food, making new friends and reducing isolation.

Worthing Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 06 Mar 2019!

Food for Conversation is a programme of regular social cookery events that seeks to bring people together over a good plate of food to have meaningful conversations while making new friends. In the past we have run cookery events with people in sheltered housing, a young group of adults with additional needs, and with groups of people from across Worthing. We are now looking to add an element of facilitated group conversation, bringing people together to share their experiences and thoughts on particular topics of conversation such as childhood, locality, friendships as well as wider issues that concern us in our daily lives such as food poverty, health and communal support structures.

What we'll deliver:

  • Run two pilot Food for Conversation sessions in Worthing and Durrington in April and May 2019
  • Run ten facilitated Food for Conversation sessions from June to March 2020
  • Produce a set of materials to support facilitated group discussions
  • Offer breakout sessions at different venues across Worthing as an outcome of this project

Why it's a great idea:

Similar projects such as Table Talk and Soup have shown that there is a need for people to join together to make meaningful connections over a good plate of food. By facilitating conversations throughout our social cookery sessions we are able to give participants the opportunity to share their thoughts on particular subject matters, recover personal as well as place specific histories and also share worries and issues they might face. We hope to integrate local support services into the conversations in the longer run to ensure that problems voiced can be addressed both in the local neighbourhood as well as in the wider communal circle.

Steps to get it done:

  • First Food for Conversation pilot April 2019
  • Project Finish March 2020


Location Worthing

About the space

FoodPioneers area of engagement


Worthing Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £14,128

Volunteer time - £8,640 (61%)
Delivery with two tutors per session £275 * 12 - £3,300 (23%)
Ingredients for all sessions - £750 (5%)
Buses for disability transport - £450 (3%)
Marketing and space hire - £400 (3%)
Reduced hire of community kitchens - £320 (2%)
Other - £268 (2%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Volunteer time
Delivery with two tutors per session £275 * 12
Ingredients for all sessions
Buses for disability transport
Marketing and space hire
Reduced hire of community kitchens
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • We'll use any extra funds to help us run more sessions beyond March 2020

Total £14,128

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