A PIONEERING community project in Ellesmere Port has won a community influence award.

The Talking Food: Taking Action scheme works with Westminster residents to consider what can be done to make it easier for people to get healthier food.

The prize was awarded by the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS).

Twenty residents, supported by Our Life, set out their priorities for getting better access to healthy food.

They led an inquiry into the food system and looked at the barriers they face around food.

Using that knowledge, they agreed local and national changes they would like to see and developed a series of actions they were keen to take forward locally.

Top of their list was to try and develop a local food co-op on Westminster selling healthy, locally-grown produce.

The Westminster residents have continued to meet on a regular basis and have formed their own Westminster Food Action group.

Another idea which gained support was local cookery classes with residents being trained and certified in food hygiene.

For more information, visit www.ourlife.org.uk/engagedandempoweredcitizens or www.ourlife.org.uk/ talkingfoodtakingaction.