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University of Salford

Salford University College of Health and Social Care will be raising awareness of food poverty and the impact this has particularly on young people, families and older people as part of the Tackling Food Poverty Together week of Action.

On Wednesday 15th October the University Health and Social Care concourse will be transformed into an active learning and discussion area. Academics will be joined by the local community to highlight issues around food poverty such as development, nutrition, wellbeing and ageing.

They will be examining how this issue relates to wider social issues such as access to and growing of quality food, immigration and wider deprivation.

Professor in Public Health Eileen Fairhurst explained "Our graduates will be out caring for the local community as midwives, social workers and nurses. It's critical they appreciate the impact of food poverty on health and wellbeing, particularly when it comes to children, families and older people. The aim of this awareness raising is so our students are as well equipped as possible to recognise the signs of food poverty and understand the issues around nutrition, development and long term health. With this knowledge they will be able to help our communities more effectively."

The College is home to over 5,000 students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and manages one of the largest NHS training contracts in the UK, with 70% of the College’s core business focusing on the delivery of NHS and social care programmes.