Delegates thoroughly enjoyed the CFHS national networking conference held at COSLA conference centre, Edinburgh on 31 October. Delegates included community food initiative workers, people from community gardens, volunteers, NHS staff, planners, policy makers and researchers. The conference was an excellent opportunity for people to come together and discuss food, health inequalities and social justice.
Highlights of the morning included an inspiring video presentation about a community food initiative in Canada called ‘The Stop’. This was followed by an insightful interview from its director, Rachel Gray. There was also an interesting and informative presentation about the health initiative, Healthy Valleys in South Lanarkshire from Julia Miller.
The conference ran workshop sessions in the morning where delegates could discuss innovative approaches and good practice. Workshop themes included emergency food aid, older people and cooking classes. A vibrant marketplace run throughout the conference showcasing work from across Scotland where delegates were able to learn about other people’s excellent work.
In the afternoon the conference ran a ‘braw blether’ session which gave delegates a chance to join or create a number of interesting discussions. Discussion themes included the tools for play and learning with food for the under 5’s and the role of credit unions in addressing food poverty. ‘Braw Blether’ along with other sessions in the day generated a lot of thought and discussion for participants.
CFHS annual networking conference 2012
The CFHS annual networking conference took place at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on Wednesday 7 November. On the right track? brought together everyone who has a role or interest in community food and health activity that addresses health inequalities in Scotland. The conference focused on practical examples of how national policies around food and health are being delivered at local level and how food activity is supporting the wider impacts on communities that are experiencing the effects of food poverty