#GetsHangry – a Toolkit for Engaging Young People in Social Action

by Emily Whyman | 22 October, 2021 10:12 am

We’ve documented the two #GetsHangry campaigns in Burnley and Hyndburn to inspire and encourage others to engage young people in the food agenda. Download the toolkit now! 📩


What is #GetsHangry?

The #GetsHangry project was formed from a partnership between the Healthier Place, Healthier Future programme, Burnley Youth Theatre, the Civic Arts Centre and Social Sense. The #GetsHangry projects in Burnley and Hyndburn ran between May and July 2021. This partnership highlights how creative organisations can work with public health programmes to run consultations with communities. Further, this allowed the development of creative, engaging, and unique projects in the areas of Burnley and Hyndburn – the #GetsHangry campaigns.

“This project was a great example of empowering young people to become leaders and decision makers. They were able to work with professional theatre makers and marketing company Social Sense to bring their ideas to life. It meant something to them; because it was their idea, their creation.” (Rachael Bamber, Engagement Manager, Burnley Youth Theatre).


[1] #HyndburnGetsHangry mural


Celebrating the #GetsHangry campaigns

On Wednesday 20th of October, the Burnley and Hyndburn groups joined together at the Hippings Vale Community Centre to celebrate the achievements and work of the campaigners. The event was attended by parents, key stakeholders from across the area, and the Mayor of Hyndburn, Councillor Pratt. After speeches from Gayle Knight (Creative Director, Civic Arts Centre and Theatre in Oswaldtwistle), Emily Whyman (Project Officer, Healthier Place, Healthier Future), Rachael Bamber (Engagement Manager, Burnley Youth Theatre), attendees were able to see the #BurnleyGetsHangry performance and look at the mural placed on the exterior wall of the Hippings Vale Community Centre.

[2] Attendees watching the #BurnleyGetsHangry performance


Next steps for the food advocates

“It was interesting to see young people talk about food and explore issues around food. By taking a creative approach it allowed the young people to be more open and expressive rather than simply asking them about their relationship with food.”
(Gayle Knight, Creative Director, Civic Arts Centre & Theatre Oswaldtwistle).

The event also offered the opportunity for discussion on the next steps for the #GetsHangry campaigns. We are now discussing what’s next for the young advocates, identifying potential routes for the campaigners to become advocates for local food system change. Three group members (Zoe, Brooke and Casey) will present their views and experience at a national conference on Tuesday 26th of October. One of the favourite highlights of the project was the cooking sessions – watch 👀 this space to see what’s next!


[3] #GetsHangry groups with the Mayor of Hyndburn, Councillor Pratt


Interested in running your own food campaigns?

We documented the campaigns through a toolkit which you can download for free now. The toolkit demonstrates two different approaches to engaging young people on the topics of food, healthy eating and (food) poverty. Both groups worked creatively to develop visual representations of their projects, with the Hyndburn group designing a mural and the Burnley group a protest performance, leading to the #GetsHangry social action campaign. Download the #GetsHangry toolkit below 👇🏾

Download #GetsHangry - a Toolkit for Food Campaigns [4]


Read more about the projects

👉🏾 Read[5] the #HyndburnGetsHangry case study.

👉🏾 Read[6] the #BurnleyGetsHangry case study.




  1. [Image]: https://foodactive.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/DSC02141.png
  2. [Image]: https://foodactive.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/DSC02183.png
  3. [Image]: https://foodactive.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/DSC02187.png
  4. Download #GetsHangry - a Toolkit for Food Campaigns : #unlock
  5. Read: https://foodactive.org.uk/case-study-exploring-our-relationship-with-food-through-art/
  6. Read: https://foodactive.org.uk/case-study-campaigning-for-better-access-to-food-in-burnley/

Source URL: https://foodactive.org.uk/getshangry-a-toolkit-for-engaging-young-people-in-social-action/