Strengthening food work with minority ethnic communities

Development funding for work on maternal and infant nutrition across minority ethnic communities in Scotland

CFHS has a small amount of development funding available to support the development of good practice examples of work on maternal and infant nutrition across minority ethnic communities in Scotland.

If you are already working on maternal and infant nutrition with minority ethnic communities and are looking to further develop your work, or want to start a new piece of work in this area – we would like to hear from you.

The study carried out by BEMIS last year into voluntary and community organisations activity around maternal and infant nutrition across minority ethnic communities in Scotland found a limited number of organisations working in this area. The funding is to stimulate activity that can be used to inspire others to engage in this vitally important area of work.

To talk through your ideas and for more information, contact Sue.

Maternal and infant nutrition across ME communities in Scotland

CFHS worked in partnership with BEMIS to look at the specific needs of community and voluntary sector organisations supporting work on maternal and infant nutrition across minority ethnic communities in Scotland.

BEMIS has collated information on community and voluntary organisations working in the field of maternal and infant nutrition across minority ethnic communities in Scotland, looking at what work is being carried out, the information that organisations draw on for their work and also any learning and development needs. It has also carried out interviews and focus groups with women from different ethnic communities to gather information on the sources of information/resources they have used to develop their knowledeg about maternal and infant nutrition.

The report on the work was launched at NHS Health Scotland’s Improving Maternal and Infant Nutrition in Scotland conference at Dynamic Earth on 7 February 2013 and is now available.

For further information contact Sue.

Networking meeting for organisations working to strengthen food work across minority ethnic communities

CFHS held a national networking meeting for organisations working to strengthen food work across minority ethnic communities on Friday 15 March in Glasgow.

Tanveer Parnez and Emilia Petka from  BEMIS provided a presentation on the findings of the study into community and voluntary organisations working on maternal and infant nutrition. Natalie Ouriachi spoke about developing the case study on North Glasgow Community Food Initiative’s work with asylum seekers and refugees and Florence Dioka from Central and West Integration Network in Glasgow spoke about the case study that is being written about its Staywell project working with older people from four different minority ethnic communities. 

Full notes from the meeting are now available.

Notes from previous meetings are also available.

Notes from Edinburgh meeting [PDF, 107kb] (August 2011)
Notes from Glasgow meeting [PDF, 106kb] (August 2011)
Notes from Glasgow meeting (PDF 58 kb) (January 2012)

Capacity building training

Following on from discussion at the meetings in 2011, CFHS funded learning opportunities for staff and volunteers involved in community food work with minority ethnic communities in Scotland.

In autumn 2011, CFHS funded two Elementary Food and Health courses. One course was provided by Edinburgh Community Food and ran at Norton Park Conference Centre in Edinburgh in November. The other, provided by Anne and Kim from our team, ran in Glasgow in December. Sixteen participants successfully completed the course and will receive certificates from REHIS.

In February 2012, 12 free places were provided on the RSPH Certificate in Nutrition and Health course. Eleven participants passed the course and one has still to sit the exam.

Further learning opportunities for organisations working on maternal and infant nutrition will be available. Watch out for details.

Case Studies

CORE (Community Organisation for Race Equality) has developed a case study on their World Cafe. It covers the background and history of the World Cafe, the essential elements of the model, the role of volunteers, the development of healthy recipes and how the cafe works to build links between individuals and communities. It is an essential step by step guide for organisations looking to promote community cohesion and encourage healthy eating.

NGCFI (North Glasgow Community Food Initiative) has also developed a case study which covers the background of NGCFI, its work with asylum seekers and refugees and tell’s Blanchard’s story from Congo to Glasgow, volunteering with NGCFI.

Mapping Study

CFHS and REACH Community Health Project jointly hosted an event in Glasgow on 13 December. The event was the official launch of the research completed earlier in the year into food and health activities with minority ethnic communities in Scotland. Participants also heard about the work of two of the healthier food pilots and spent some time thinking about how best to take the work forward.

Presentations from the event are available below:

For more information and to be kept up to date with developments, contact Sue.

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