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

Cooking Skills Blog 15 – Researcher guest blog: developing sustainable cooking courses in partnership with people using a mental health support centre

In this guest blog, Michelle Estradé, research consultant at the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) explores how the idea of ‘ownership’ might help develop cooking courses within a mental health support centre that can be sustained in the longer term. ‘Over at SCPHRP we love partnering with community-based organisations to learn …

CFHS community cafe visits

CFHS is holding three more community café learning visits, on 4, 12 and 19 October. The three community cafes hosting the visits – the Annexe Café, Windmills Café and Fly Cup Catering – have been running successfully for several years.  The aim of the visit is to provide opportunities for café staff, volunteers and managers …

Cooking skills blog 14. What are the best recipes to use in a cooking skills course?

One of the topics that I would like to find out more about is: What are the most successful type of recipes for community cooking skills courses? ‘Success’ for members of our cooking skills study group means recipes that are cooked again at home by participants, (and preferably repeatedly). What’s the best way to choose …

Chewing things over .. CFHS annual networking conference 2016

Wednesday 26 October 2016 Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh Food, health and inequality – taking a compassionate and dignified approach.  Come and share your knowledge and experience, hopes and concerns, with volunteers, fieldworkers, planners, policy makers and academics from across Scotland and beyond. We have already engaged a number of stakeholders in the planning of this event, …

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