In total, 38 voluntary and community groups have been allocated development funding by Community Food and Health Scotland, allowing them to promote and deliver healthy eating initiatives. CFHS, part of NHS Health Scotland, 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.
Each of the groups has been allocated between £500 and £2000.
The voluntary and community groups working in low-income communities across Scotland will use the funding to develop a wide range of practical healthy eating related activities. This includes a wide range of cookery courses, community gardens and community café projects. The groups were chosen to receive funding to support their work under the CFHS scheme which is funded by Scottish Government.
Gerry McLaughlin, Chief Executive of NHS Health Scotland said,
“Small amounts of funding can make a big difference to Scottish communities. These groups are using this funding to actively tackle health inequalities and address barriers to availability of healthy food, as well as affordability, skills and culture. Healthy eating groups are a great way to bring people together to share ideas and learn about healthy eating. We are pleased to be supporting such a large number of groups across the country.”
Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell said,
“If we can support people to eat healthier diets then they are more likely to live longer, healthier lives. Whether it’s a cookery class, a café or a grow your own initiative, these small community projects, funded by Community Food and Health Scotland, are helping encourage and support people to gain the knowledge and skills they need to eat more healthily.”
Media enquiries should be directed to NHS Health Scotland’s Communications and Engagement Team on 07500 854574 or nhs.HealthScotland-Communications@nhs.net
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Notes to Editor
Community Food and Health (Scotland) – formerly known as the Scottish Community Diet Project, was established in 1996 and was based within Consumer Focus Scotland before joining NHS Health Scotland in 2013.