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Access to Good Food Study

The Winchester Food Partnership has teamed up with the University of Winchester to understand which community food projects actually work, ideas for future community projects or anything that can help people access good food, at affordable prices.


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. 

If you want a bit more background information, please read the background information below or email with any specific questions you have.

Who can take part in the study?

We are looking for the experiences of anyone over 18, all ethnicities and backgrounds, and both single people, couples 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'll provide refreshements to keep it friendly and we won't be asking any personal information; we are just interested in people's experiences of the availability of food in their area and any local food projects they know about, and what additional food projects they'd like to see developed in their community.

Discussion Sessions

On the Registration Form you will be asked to nominate which 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 and we will let you know if we are able to arrange additional sessions. 

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.

What do we mean by "Good Food" ?

By "Good Food" we simply mean less processed food, not just fruit and vegatables (but those are important too :-) We are interested in hearing from you if you'd like to cook and eat with more fresh ingredients, especially more fruit and veg, but find it difficult. Those difficulties could be access to local shops, financial limitations, or you don't know what to cook or you'd like more help on how to cook from scratch.

Discussion sessions

Date Time Location

Thur 11 Nov 2021

12.00 -1.30 pm

Winnall (by invite only)

Thur 18 Nov 2021

12.30 - 2 pm

Vineyard Church, Bar End, SO23 9NR

More sessions coming soon

Why is the study taking part?

We want to understand what issues are experienced by people who would like to eat more fresh, good food; so that we can help guide local organisations who are thinking about starting more community food projects. Project ideas include social supermarkets, more food pantries, lower cost fruit and veg boxes, some want to run more community cooking classes; but we need to know what the commmunity wants and 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 results 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, good and bad, 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.