St Mary’s Labour Team support international Health conference
PICTURED: From L to R,Councillor Jane Black, Eamonn O’Brien and Chris Mould Chief Executive of the Trussell Trust
The 11th International Conference on Urban Health took place in Manchester, from March 4-7th. St Mary’s Councillor, Jane Black, was a member of the local organising committee, and chaired a session on the subject of Austerity and the Rise of the Foodbank. The speakers were Chris Mould, Chief Executive of the Trussell Trust and St Mary’s local campaigner Eamonn O’Brien, who is a volunteer and trustee of the UK’s first student-led community foodbank in Manchester.
Chris Mould began by setting out the origin and rise of the Trussell Trust network of foodbanks in the UK and spoke about the increasing need for foodbanks to help those struggling to survive.
Local campaigner Eamonn O’Brien added: “What we have found in our own foodbank is that there is a real need for our service, mainly due to systemic problems in our benefits system and low income. The fact that so many of our neighbours are going hungry in the 21st Century is a scandal. This is an issue that transcends party politics and something we all need to work together on.”
Councillor Black, who also chaired a session on maternal and child health, commented: ‘Over 1000 delegates from all over the world met and shared research and practise about ways of improving health. In every country in the world, it is clear that the health of the population is about the way people live, and the opportunities they have. Housing, education, jobs and community networks impact on health as much as healthcare services.’