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December 2009


2009 Annual Lecture and Awards Evening


The CWT Lecture and Awards evening was held last year at the Kensington Town Hall.


It was the first joint event with The Food Commission and the speaker was food writer and historian Bee Wilson. Bee gave an entertaining talk entitled Death in the Pot! Food Adulteration Past and Present, which focussed on the changing face of food fraud. See photos of the 2009 event and award winners.

Funding


2009 was a busy and exciting year for us at CWT and we want to continue to produce reports, briefing papers and resources to support and encourage others to eat well. The age old problem is, of course, the funds to be able to achieve this. As you know, CWT relies entirely on grants and donations to fund its work. We are currently seeking funding to:

  • Review all our current nutritional recommendations in light of the proposed new Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) guidance on energy requirements in the UK.

  • Continue our current project to provide easy to use photographic resources showing what a healthy diet looks like for all population groups and to tie this further into discussions around healthy, sustainable diets.

  • Lobby for better standards around nursery food.

  • Develop a stronger, clearer relationship between health of vulnerable populations, food production and social justice through the preparation of briefing papers and expert reports.

There are approximately 1,500 of you on our mailing list now and if you each gave £2 a month to help us continue Carolineís work, the income generated per annum, plus the gift aid we could reclaim, would make a huge difference in enabling us to continue our work. Of course the higher rate tax payers amongst you can also claim relief on your donation through your tax return. We are really grateful to all those who already give regular donations, but if you donít, then please consider setting up a standing order or making a gift by completing the appeals leaflet that you can download, email us to be sent a copy, or call us on 01923 445374.


Trust news


We were sorry to say goodbye to Sue Todd who has been a Trustee since 1999. We are immensely grateful for her work and support of the Trust and for establishing our original website.


September 2009


Trust news


CWT has produced a number of new reports and resources this year and has a number which will be published by the end of the year. Wherever we can we make these resources available free to all, but CWT has no core funding so we rely on small project grants and donations to continue our work. We try to provide advice and practical guidelines in areas we think are important even when funds have proved impossible to find, so we do still have to charge for some of the publications and are very grateful for donations when reports are downloaded as free pdf.

New CWT reports and resources available now


Food Policy across the UK
This briefing paper prepared for the CWT annual conference 2008 has now been updated and is available as a free downloadable pdf on our website. We are grateful to Martin Caraher at the Centre for Food Policy, City University for preparing this paper.

Preventing food poverty and malnutrition: the role of community food projects


Age Concern England commissioned Lisa Wilson to carry out some research looking at the impact of community food projects on malnutrition and food access among older people. This report is now available to download (PDF - 570kb) from Age Concern.

Eating well: supporting adults with learning disabilities. Training materials for people working with adults with learning disabilities


A new training pack for those who support adults with learning disabilities has just been published by CWT. The pack includes a hard copy training manual which provides a simple and practical guide on how to encourage eating well and a CD-Rom which provides recipes and photographs of meals, snacks and foods. We hope that the photographs will help people to see what eating well looks like in terms of the sorts of foods, and the amounts of foods, that meet the energy and nutrient needs of average adults. The Eating well: supporting adults with learning disabilities pack containing a hard copy of the training materials and CD Rom is available from CWT at a cost of £15 (including postage and packing). The CD Rom on its own is available for £5 and the PDF of the training materials is available free on our website.

ĎI hear itís the closest to breast milkí
This report written by Jessica Mitchell of The Food Commission has proved to be very popular worldwide and has been submitted as evidence to Government departments reviewing the advertising of infant formula in both the UK and Australia. A free pdf of this report can be downloaded from the website.



CWT reports and resources coming shortly


A review of infant milks for sale in the UK
This review which aims to offer an objective and independent look at infant formula milks available in the UK is currently being edited. We hope that the report will be available on the website by the end of October.

Eating well for under 5s: a photo resource
This resource aims to show the sorts of foods, and amounts of foods, that will ensure that children under the age of 5 years meet the current dietary reference values for energy and nutrients for the UK. The resource is being piloted in September and will be available in a range of formats as soon as possible after that. We will send out an email alert when this resource is available as we have had considerable interest in it.

Eating well for 5-18 year olds: a photo resource
A resource is also almost completed which shows the sorts of foods and portion sizes appropriate to children between the ages of 5 and 18 years and which provides simple guidance on eating well for this group. We would like to pilot this resource in October/November and are looking for people who work with children of this age, or those who support them, to help us with this. This might be looked after children, foster or residential care workers, those who work with vulnerable children and young people or those who provide advice and support to people who might need to know more about what appropriate diets are for children aged 5-18 years.

Eating well for adults: a photo resource
This resource which provides photographs of meals, snacks and individual food portions suitable for average adults will also be available on 2 CD Roms from about October, and will be purchasable from the CWT website for £10.



June 2009


Nutrition resources


Eating well: supporting adults with learning disabilities. Training materials for people working with adults with learning disabilities


A new training pack for those who support adults with learning disabilities has just been published by CWT. The pack includes a hard copy training manual which provides a simple and practical guide on how to encourage eating well and a CD-Rom which provides recipes and photographs of meals, snacks and foods. We hope that the photographs will help people to see what eating well looks like in terms of the sorts of foods, and the amounts of foods, that meet the energy and nutrient needs of average adults. The Eating well: supporting adults with learning disabilities pack is available from CWT at a cost of £15 (including postage and packing).

Alternatively, a PDF containing the text of the training materials manual is available as a free download, or the CD Rom (which includes a pdf version of the training materials as well as the recipes and photographs) can be purchased for £5 including postage and packing.

We are very grateful to The Allen Lane Foundation and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for providing funding to allow us to produce these materials and make them available at such low cost.

Preventing food poverty and malnutrition: the role of community food projects


Age Concern England commissioned Lisa Wilson to carry out some research looking at the impact of community food projects on malnutrition and food access among older people. This report is now available to download (PDF - 570kb) from Age Concern.

‘I hear it’s as good as breast milk’


CWT commissioned Jessica Mitchell of The Food Commission to write a review of the discussions of parents, and parents-to-be, around formula and formula feeding on web discussion sites. This report was prepared to support the Food Standards Agency independent review of the controls on infant formula and follow-on formula.

A review of infant milks for sale in the UK


This review which aims to offer an objective and independent look at infant formula milks available in the UK is currently out for consultation. We hope that the report and the recommendations will be available on the website later in the year. For further details of the review of infant milks for sale in the UK, contact Helen.

Eating well for under 5s: a photo resource


This resource currently in production aims to show the sorts of foods, and amounts of foods, that will ensure that children under the age of 5 years meet the current dietary reference values for energy and nutrients for the UK. We hope that this will be available by autumn 2009. If you require further details about this visual nutrition resource in the meantime, please contact Helen

The Food Scandal, What’s Wrong with the British Diet and How to Put it Right
Caroline Walker and Geoffrey Cannon


We are greatly indebted to Geoffrey, Caroline’s husband, for allowing us to publish this book as a free PDF download. First published in 1984, this paperback edition of 1985 explains the implications of the National Advisory Committee on Nutrition Education (NACNE) Report in simple terms.

Nutrition policy across the UK
Martin Caraher, Helen Crawley and Sue Lloyd, Centre for Food Policy, City University


This report which is now available as a free PDF download, looks at current food policy in each of the four administrative areas of the UK: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In order to illustrate differences, and similarities, in policy, it focussed on four topics: the issue of food inequalities, and the public health nutrition policy areas of infant feeding, school food, and childhood obesity.

Donations


Our appeals leaflet also incorporates a gift aid declaration and if you have not already done so, please consider giving to the Trust as we are wholly funded by grants and donations and every little helps. 

If you can spare just £2 per month as a regular standing order we could raise enough money to fund one project a year and allow us to take on a more campaigning role into the 21st century.  

Your contribution would be most gratefully received and if you use CWT resources regularly for free I would urge you to consider doing so. You can download a form and find out about other ways to donate here.


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