An estimated 8.4 million people in the UK struggle to get enough to eat and rely on food hand-outs, according to the UN. Volunteering at a community kitchen inspired PhD student Sabine Mayeux to investigate how they are addressing food poverty in the UK. She talked to Sarah Harrop about her research.
Growing up in Indonesia, Sabine Mayeux witnessed poverty from a young age and has always wanted to do something about it.
During her postgraduate degree in London she found herself struggling to make ends meet while she balanced study with minimum wage jobs and high rent, and discovered a community kitchen called Foodcycle.
“I had to rely on community kitchens to eat during some of my studies – they are actually very popular among students and other low income groups,” she explains.
Given recent floods in Yorkshire you might think that drought isn’t a worry for the UK – but even during extreme wet weather we must conserve water. So concluded the £12m Drought and Water Scarcity Research programme which wrapped up last month. Here we look at one of its Reading-led projects.
On 28 November 1919, Nancy Astor was elected to Parliament, becoming the first female MP to take her seat. A century on, a train named in her honour took VIP passengers to Nancy’s former Plymouth constituency where a new statue was unveiled. Here we tell the story of the day’s events in tweets and audio clips from the historic journey.