• StoryBank Pilot

    IFAN visited two services in Chester in December 2017 to record the first three stories for the new StoryBank. Click on the button below to find out more and read the stories.


    Want to get involved? See below for everything you need to collect stories for the StoryBank.

  • StoryBank Project

    Politicians and journalists continue to talk about food banks and the people who use them. But we rarely get the chance to hear from the people who know more about the challenges of food poverty than anyone else: people using food aid.

    IFAN has been awarded funding by LUSH to develop a StoryBank documenting first-hand people’s experiences of food poverty and food aid.

    Rather than asking people to talk about pre-determined topics, StoryBank provides a space for people to tell their own stories in their own words – to tell us what is important to them.

    Stories will be collected by volunteers, trained by IFAN’s Professor Jon May, Seb Mayfield, Stephanie Ellis and Dr Andy Williams, at a number of IFAN member’s food aid projects, and made available to others through a web-based StoryBank.


    Why get involved?


    • Stories will help you to recruit volunteers and donations

    • You can use the stories as evidence for potential/current funders

    • Stories will encourage a process of reflection locally about the aims and outcomes of your project.


    What will happen?


    Members of the IFAN team will train volunteers at your project to record stories from the people who use your service.


    Your volunteers will be supported to collect stories, all of which will be made available through a web-based StoryBank.




    If you would like to take part in StoryBank either as an organisation or an individual please download the relevant documents below and follow the instruction in the guidance doc.


    StoryBank Guidance

    StoryBank Info for Tellers

    StoryBank Collection Form

    StoryBank Consent Form




    If you'd like further support before starting to collect stories then IFAN is planning to hold online surgeries for people/organisations wanting to collect stories for the StoryBank. Details of the next date will be added here. Please also make sure you add your email in the relevant section on our home page, so that you receive news of upcoming dates directly to your inbox.