Opportunities to record your experience of influencing policy

Community Food and Health (Scotland) has long believed that the experience and knowledge of community food initiatives should be utilised by planners and policy makers. Two opportunities to record your experience of influencing policy have just been launched.

Community Health Exchange (CHEX) is gathering information about how community-led health organisations influence decisions, both locally and nationally, and is keen for community organisations to fill in their survey by following the link below, where you will also find more detailed information about the survey and how CHEX intend using the findings. www.surveymonkey.com/s/NMFRQ5Z

Voluntary Health Scotland (VHS) is gathering examples of how third sector organisations have influenced Scottish Government and NHS policy at a national level. It is seeking experiences of participating in consultation exercises, using the Scottish Government definition, which is “consultation exercises may involve seeking views in a number of different ways, such as written papers, public meetings, focus groups, questionnaire exercises or on-line discussion forums”. VHS is not using a questionnaire but instead seeking case studies, thoughts and observations, anecdotes or other narrative evidence that it can use to show national policy makers why and when third sector organisations choose to participate in consultation exercises and what impact the sector feels it is making. If you have participated in any type of national consultation event VHS would like to hear your experiences by contacting Bill Weir, Partnership Development Officer, either at bill.weir@vhscotland.org.uk or call 0131 220 9942.

CFHS welcomes these attempts to raise the profile of the sector’s influence and will continue to promote and support community groups and voluntary organisations impacting on policies effecting the countries food and health, particularly the Obesity Route Map, Maternal and Infant Nutrition Strategy and the National Food and Drink Policy. We will continue to make every effort to reflect your experience in our quarterly newsletter, annual conference, publications and in all aspects of our current work

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