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Access to Good Food Study

The Winchester Food Partnership has teamed up with the University of Winchester to undertake some research into the issues faced by communities across the Winchester District in accessing good, healthy food.  We are looking for volunteers to share their experiences; including anyone who can't afford to purchase "good food", people who can't physically buy "good food", people who don't have the facilities or want to improve their cooking skills to cook more "good food".

What do we mean by "Good Food" ?

By "Good Food" we simply mean less processed food.

We are interested in hearing from you if you'd like to cook with more fresh ingredients, especially more fruit and veg, and reduce your consumption of pre-made items especially ready meals or takeaways ?  We aren't saying people should never eat processed foods, we are just interested in people who would like to eat more healthily, but can't.

Who can take part in the study?

We are looking for the experiences of anyone over 18, all ethnicities, backgrounds and both single people and families.  

What will I be asked to do?

The study will take the form of informal discussions, in groups of no more than 10 people lasting approximately 90 mins.

We won't be asking personal information, but are interested in people's experiences of the availability of food in their area and any food support available locally.

 In terms of community food support, we are interested in whether people know what is available locally irrespective of whether they've used it. If people have used any local community food support we would be interested, if they are willing to share their experiences, about whether they have they found it easy to access, or any issues faced accessing help when needed.  

Finally, we are interested in what additional food projects they'd like to see developed in their community.

Why is the study taking part?

We want to understand what are the issues faced by people who would like to eat more fresh, good food; so that we can help guide organisations tackle the local issues.  

Some of the organisations interested in the outcome of study would like to develop more community food projects, some want to raise funds for more local shops or fruit and veg boxes, some want to run more community cooking classes; but we need to know what the commmunity needs. 

Additionally, the information gathered will help inform local council and public health policies.

Does this mean what I say will be recorded?

Whilst we will be sharing the outcome of the study, nothing you say as an individual will be shared directly with any organisation, so you will be free to share your thoughts about anything you have experienced.

 All answers will be anonymous; with each volunteer will be given a fake name to protect their identity.  All information will be collated, and nothing that can identify you will be shared with anyone outside the research team.

Study Sessions

On the Registration Form you will be asked to nominate which study session you would like to attend, or if you aren't available for any of the current sessions just let us know what your prefered location would be. 

We will be adding study sessions throughout the summer, and make any changes necessary to comply with Covid guidelines, so you may find a session that you were interested in is no-longer available. If that is the case, then we will contact you to find a suitable alternative.  Some of the sessions are arranged for specific groups so can not be booked by other volunteers.

Study Sessions

Date Time Location

Wed 21 Jul


Wickham Community Centre

Thur 22 Jul


Unit-12, Winnall

Thur 5 Aug


Vineyard Church, Bar End

Thur 19 Aug


Wickham Community Centre

Mon 13 Sep


Arlebury Park, New Alresford

Next Steps

If you would like to take part in the study, please read the Participant Information Sheet (attached below) a copy of which will be available for you to sign at the study sessions.

If you are happy and want to take part in the study, please complete this simple registration form and we will contact you to confirm your place.

You can withdraw from the study at any time, without giving a reason, but if you are unable to make the study sessions that you have been allocated, please let us know ASAP so that we can offer your place to another volunteers.

If you have any questions in regard to the study please email, who is one of the research assistants.