Food on a low income: Four households tell their story

Date: Wednesday 2 November, 2011

Venue: Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast.

Time: 10.00am – 1.30pm

Aim of the workshop

A new safefood-funded research project which has enabled an exploration of the “why” behind the statistics around poverty and food will be launched at this event. This research sought to investigate the everyday experiences among people in four household types (families with children; single men; older people and lone parents) of food on a low income.

Who should attend?

Key stakeholders in food poverty-related areas, those working in government departments, government agencies, community groups, health bodies, professional bodies, non-governmental agencies, academia and industry.
Registration, Tea & Coffee
Dr Cliodhna Foley Nolan, Director of Human Health and Nutrition, safefood
10.30am – 11.00am
Session 1: The research
Overview of how the research was conducted and key findings
Ms Velma Burns, Associate Director,
Ms Naomi Staff, Research Project Manager, Millward Brown Lansdowne  
Session 2: Perspectives of those working with the four household types:
Two parent households with children
Ms Helen Dunn, Group Manager Children`s Services, Action for Children

Single males
Ms Maureen Bruce, Health South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust 

Single older people
Ms Patricia Conboy, Director, Older & Bolder
Lone parents
Ms Freda Keeshan,Project Manager, OPEN
11.40pm – 12.00pm
Policy perspective
Ms Sinead Keenan, Project Co-ordinator, Healthy Food for All
Mr Gary McFarlane, Director, CIEH Northern Ireland
Session 3:
Questions and Answers with the panel
12.25pm -12.30pm
Closing remarks
Dr Cliodhna Foley Nolan, Director of Human Health and Nutrition, safefood
12.30pm – 1.30pm
Lunch and networking


For more information about this event please email:, safefood, call the Helpline NI: 0800 085 1683 ROI: 1850 40 4567.