If your project dovetails with government policy and local plans, funding, support and partnerships will come more easily.
Where to go for information
National Food policy:
- Good Food Nation policy
- A healthier future: Scotland’s diet and healthy weight delivery plan
- Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives (UK)
- UK National Food Strategy
Planned National Food Policy:
The main places to check for plans is on your local authority and Health and Social Care Partnership websites. Plans that may mention community food work include:
- Health and Social Care Partnerships: your local HSCP will have information on health improvement targets for the local area. Each partnership is jointly run by the NHS and local authority.
- Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs): CPPs bring public agencies and communities together to plan and deliver better services locally. Check your local authority website to find out local Community Plans and Local Outcome Improvement Plans.
- Community Learning and Development Plans: CLD teams across Scotland support training and community development.
- Child Poverty Action Reports: these are produced by your local authority who may also produce other anti-poverty action plans or strategies.
- Local Food Growing Strategies: each local authority has a duty to produce a strategy.
- Sustainable Food Places: some areas have produced Food Action plans as part of working with a range of local groups and agencies as part of Sustainable Food Places
- Far reaching fare: how community-based initiatives build reach into food policy and practice (CFHS 2013)
- From the ground up: a snapshot of community and voluntary contributions to improving maternal and infant nutrition in Scotland (CFHS 2013)
- Not only … but also: celebrating the contribution of community food initiatives towards developing local outcomes (CFHS 2012)
- Community food initiatives contributing to the Scottish Government Route Map for Preventing Overweight and Obesity in Scotland (CFHS 2011)
- Celebrating Outcomes: celebrating the contribution of community food initiatives towards meeting national outcomes for Scotland (CFHS 2011)