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

Our capacity building fund will close on Friday 20 January

Community Food and Health (Scotland) has one remaining funding opportunity available for groups and agencies in Scotland that wish to improve access to, and take up of, a healthy, varied and balanced diet. Our capacity building fund (up to £500) is currently open.  Please read the guidance notes before you apply The capacity building fund will …

Cooking skills blog 22: Finding out if your cooking skills courses are ‘working’: Guest blog by Jacqui McDowell: ‘The impact puzzle’

This week my colleague Jacqui McDowell (who has led on supporting our cooking skills study group on planning the evaluation of their cooking courses) reflects on the challenge of finding the perfect methods or tools to find out the difference your course is making. ‘We all know that we have to evaluate our cooking skills …

Cooking skills blog 21: new CFHS guide – What’s cooking in Scotland? Part three

Last week, we launched a new guide What’s Cooking in Scotland? Part Three at our cooking skills learning exchange in Edinburgh. Around 40 people attended this, many of whom are running cooking courses within community and voluntary sector organisations in low-income communities. The new guide provides tools and ideas to help you think in more …

Community cooking groups: supporting people who are struggling to have enough food to get them/their families through the week

Do you run or manage cooking courses within low income communities in Scotland?  Do you sometimes find participants are struggling to have enough food to get them through the week?  Do have 15 minutes to complete an online survey? Community Food and Health (Scotland) are undertaking a project exploring the methods which cooking course trainers …

Chewing things over … CFHS annual networking conference

The CFHS annual networking conference took place on 26 October in Edinburgh. Thank you to those who attended and contributed to the day, particularly to our speakers, Martyn Evans, Chief Executive, Carnegie Trust UK, and Ewan Aitken, Chief Executive Officer, Cyrenians, and to our Chair, Iain Stewart, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Community Food. The conference …

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