Inner Circle Consulting with Nourish Food and Community Hub

Social Value

The Nourish Hub project is a case study in achieving social value in the public sector, addressing food poverty and community empowerment.

In 2018 LB Hammersmith and Fulham was awarded £1.1 million from the GLA Good Growth Fund to create a new community food hub and affordable workspace in the Edward Woods estates and introduce green infrastructure and food growing spaces around the hub and in White City, linking the two estates. The new ‘Nourish’ project will cook 200 healthy and affordable meals each day for local people, tackle food poverty, combat social isolation through activities and provide education programmes and training to support employment. The vision is that Nourish will provide a democratic social space, instilling community ownership principles in its ongoing management as well as an opportunity for residents to work together as a community.

Inner Circle Consulting steered the co-creation process embedded into all stages of the programme – from the project development, to community engagement and co-design, commissioning and construction – and were key to the overall success of the project, ensuring that the needs and aspirations of all stakeholders were represented.

ICC immersed the team within the client delivery unit to provide skilled delivery capacity and bring a creative and innovative approach to secure maximum social value and social return on investment for the programme. The team built capacity within the programme partners to develop a sustainable operational plan for the hub, building a longer-term legacy and a replicable model to successfully achieve the programme’s desired outcomes to tackle food poverty and social isolation.

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