Fish workshop blog. Written by: Laura Dunn, FoodSEqual Community Researcher, Plymouth
So, over the course of November 2022 the FoodSEqual team hosted a series of workshops at Four Greens Community Trust to find out how much fish the people of Whitleigh were eating and how often. We found out that our participants enjoyed eating fish and would eat it more if some barriers were removed, such as cost and availability.
We developed a giant jellyfish which our wonderful Julia made of fabric, which represents the themes that we found were important to people and point to why they do not eat more fish on a regular basis. The tentacles show each of the six themes.
The themes will help us start to develop better ways of eating fish. We want to produce ways to overcome barriers to eating fish and create change for the better.
My role as a community food researcher was to help plan the workshop activities to make them entertaining and enjoyable. I also helped to invite the Whitleigh community to take part with the promise of lunch and a gift voucher to show them our gratitude for their input and time.
‘I wanted to make sure the people I had invited had a familiar face and someone to look to if they had questions’
‘Doing these workshops has helped us to become a much stronger team’
I attended the workshops to give support to my fellow researchers but also to make sure the people I had invited had a familiar face and someone to look to if they had questions about the workshop or the consent forms that were given before the start of the workshops.
Plus, the feedback given at the end of the workshops has given us the opportunity to make the next workshops even better and gave us a template to plan around.
These workshops were made possible not by just me, but by my fellow researchers: Star, Joanna, Yve, Julia and Hannah.
Plus, our wonderful research team-mates, Lisa, Louise and Clare.
We made it successful and as a working family were able to use the data and information to hopefully make a difference. Additionally, it has helped us to become a much stronger team.
Thank you for reading.