Health & Wellbeing Service - Manchester

Community Food Co-ordinators


The Community Food Co-ordinators (CFC) project is an initially 5 year project funded through the Big Lottery. The project works to develop a range of healthy eating programmes and involve local people in food growing activities. The project aims to raise awareness of healthy eating guidelines; increase the uptake of 5 a day; improve accessibility to fruit and vegetables and impact upon the rise in obesity levels. These are delivered in line with Manchester's Food Futures Strategy.

The CFC project has:

  • established & supports a team of 3 Community Food Co-ordinators across the City of Manchester with two being based with the Healthy Living Networks (HLN) in Manchester;
  • worked to address the 3 key themes and outcomes of the healthy eating strand of the Big Lottery wellbeing portfolio;
  • developed & delivered cook & taste sessions for families;
  • delivered fruit & vegetable growing schemes;
  • improved information about healthy diets and access to healthy food;
  • developed a sessional worker programme to build community capacity, with 10 paid sessional workers assisting in delivery across the target areas;
  • provided weight management & weight loss advice and sessions.

The CFC programme targets children and families where there are identified risks of obesity (eg; BMI exceeds recommended rates). The approach is very family orientated so as not to stigmatise children or their parents/carers.

The areas targeted are among the most deprived in Manchester, and IMD (Indices of Multiple Deprivation) data shows them ranking in the top 5% of deprivation.
The work of the CFC project takes place in & around the following electoral wards:

  • Cheetham
  • Harpurhey
  • Crumpsall
  • Ancoats
  • Moss Side & Hulme
  • Rusholme
  • Old Moat
  • Wythenshawe

The project received a second round of funding from The BIG Lottery in 2013 and will now continue until the end of June 2015.

The three Community Food Co-ordinators are:

Rose Boyd - North Manchester

Bernie Murphy – Central Manchester

Emma Farrell – South Manchester

Click on each name for contact details.

Evaluation Report


The Community Food Co-ordinator Report was independently evaluated by the Centre for Local Economic Studies in 2011, and the full evaluation report can be found here: