Community Food and Health (Scotland) or CFHS aims to ensure that everyone in Scotland has the opportunity, ability and confidence to access a healthy and acceptable diet for themselves, their families and their communities. We do this by supporting work with and within low-income communities that addresses health inequalities and barriers (availability, affordability, skills and culture) to healthy and affordable food.

Through our work we aim to support communities to identify these barriers; develop local responses to addressing the barriers; and highlight where actions at other levels, or in other sectors, are required.

We value the experience, understanding, skills and knowledge within Scotland’s community food initiatives and their unique contribution to developing and delivering policy and practice at all levels.

Latest CFHS updates

‘It’s not just a wee cooking group’: Community cooking skills courses – train the trainers workshop

This Community Food and Health (Scotland) workshop will be held on Thursday 9 May. 1.30pm – 4pm (lunch 12.30) Stirling Come and hear from three organisations who train people to run community cooking skills courses, on how they have cascaded learning from a CFHS realist evaluation of community cooking skills courses. Share and learn from …

Cafes in communities

Are you involved in running a café in a local community (geographical or shared interest) run for local people and/or by local people on a charitable, ‘not for profit’or enterprise basis? Whether your café is informal in a community centre or church, set up as a social enterprise, community interest company or other, run 1 …

Reasons to be cheerful part 2 – CFHS cooking skills research. What did we learn about the best ways to run a cooking skills course?

Our cooking skills study group realist evaluation (2016-2018), gathered information from 29 community cooking skills courses (attended by 75 adults -all of whom were managing on low-incomes and the majority were ‘vulnerable’*). The results showed that: 79% improved their cooking skills (a further 16% could already cook) 68% made steps to improve their diet As …

Say hear!

Thanks to all who attended our annual networking event, Hear Say, on 24 October 2018, making it such a great day. Community activists, local practitioners, planners, policy makers and academics from across the country and sectors and disciplines came together in Dunfermline to hear a range of speakers, take part in table and workshop discussions …

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