Links & Resources:

Working with Schools to Tackle Food Insecurity

As part of our work with the VCSE  Assembly Food Insecurity Hub we carried out some action research with St. Catherine’s CofE Primary School.

Schools recognise that food insecurity is endemic for some families and many are setting projects to support their pupils and families. This varies from school to school – for inspiration (and to find out what schools are doing) and a detailed account of the work Teignbridge CVS developed with Bovey Food Hub and the school please read the full report HEATHFIELD Food Action Research REPORT

Warm Spaces across Teignbridge

Local Warm Spaces 

Teignbridge CVS has produced a list of warm spaces in local communities which can be accessed here. This list is shared with Teignbridge District Council. Please do get in touch to add a local warm space.

There are a number of ‘warm’ resources emerging. Warm Welcome  is a coalition of charities that have come together to support organisations to open their doors and provide a warm welcome for those struggling to heat their homes this winter. Warm Spaces provides an online directory of warm spaces over a larger geographical area.

Please do also have a look at this sample Warm Spaces Charter

Cost of Living Help

NEW Teignbridge  Resource and Cost of Living Support Website

Teignbridge CVS and Independent Food Aid Network co-designed  the   Worrying About Money? leaflet and interactive version with a number of local partners including The Trussell Trust, Teignbridge District Council and Teignbridge Citizens Advice.

It is a simple resource for people facing financial crisis – and those supporting them – to quickly see available advice and support options and which agencies are best placed to help. There is  a Ukrainian version and the interactive version is also available as easy read. 

The website draws together statutory and VCSE providers in a signposting website for individuals and advisors. It provides direct links to the interactive version mentioned above, the district council website and additional support around money, debt, benefits, energy, health & wellbeing and more.

The next FREE 1 HOUR TRAINING : WHAT ADVICE IS AVAILABLE LOCALLY?  has been postponed until January but you can watch a recording of the last training session  

  • to find out what financial advice and support options are available locally  
  • to feel more confident about using the leaflet to ask people about wider money worries and guide them to support  
  • to understand what a ‘cash first’ approach to food insecurity is  

We are also hoping that Emma Greenwood the South West Area Manager from the Trussel Trust will attend our next Cost of Living meeting at the end of January to answer any question you may have around this.

Food Project Fact Sheets & Guides

Teignbridge CVS has  commissioned some food research which was carried out by the lovely Maresa from LOVE Food CIC and as a result we have published some fabulous and very useful fact sheets which she has put together:

Fact sheet – social supermarket

Factsheets – community cafes

Factsheets – cookery groups

Fact sheet – buying group

Fact sheet – solidarity veg boxes

CAG Devon:

 guide on Community Fridges and Larders in Devon  

The National Lottery Community Fund has also produced some useful resources:



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You can also find the full Teignbridge CVS Food Project research Report here:

Food research report



one small step

Supporting Devon residents to quit smoking, drink less, lose weight and become more active. Working in partnership with services and organisations across the county to reduce health inequality and support sustained behaviour change. Providing healthcare professionals with accredited training including Making Every Contact Count (MECC).

one small step has also some nifty recipes.


Teignbridge CVS

Supporting local charities, voluntary groups, and social enterprises in Teignbridge to build a stronger community.

The Trussell Trust

Supporting a nationwide network of food banks and together we provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.

CAG Devon

Community Action Groups (CAG) Devon supports and empowers community groups to act towards a more sustainable future.  We provide community groups with free insurance, guidance and training, and provide opportunities for networking and sharing skills with other groups.  Our focus is primarily around waste reduction, and our groups are involved in local projects to reduce, reuse, recycle, share, swap, mend, plant and compost.   We have several community larder projects amongst our members.  Membership of CAG Devon is free. 

Food Power

Tackling food poverty through people-powered change


The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that help people and the planet.

Food Standards Agency

Food we can trust: Using our expertise and influence so that people can trust that the food they buy and eat is safe and what it says it is.


Public Health Devon

Information on Devon’s Health and Wellbeing Board, Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, Annual Public Health Reports, Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and a library of strategies, plans, needs assessments and other reports and information relevant to health and wellbeing in Devon.