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July CFHS (Covid-19 and recovery) e-bulletin

Our latest e-bulletin is now available, with information about community food initiative’s summer programmes, and the latest webinars and reports to help you keep up-to-date with the community food sector. You can read the CFHS e-bulletin here.

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How has Lanarkshire Community Food and Health Partnership supported a ‘cash first’ response to food insecurity?

In this blog post, Gordon Thomson, Manager for Lanarkshire Community Food and Health Partnership (LCFHP), tells us how LCFHP got involved in the ‘cash first’ approach in North Lanarkshire several years ago, and how this approach supported people during the pandemic. LCFHP has run community food activities such as community fruit and veg retail, cooking …

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Global Majority Fund

The Coalition of Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) will be delivering and overseeing funds of £250,000 to BME organisations across Scotland to continue to deliver services to communities that have been impacted by Covid-19 and lockdowns. More information and details of how to apply on the CRER website

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Using ‘cash first’ approaches to address food insecurity

Both before and during the pandemic, agencies and community food initiatives have collaborated to redirect people experiencing food insecurity towards ‘cash first’ options, such as welfare or financial advice. The Independent Food Aid Network and partners have supported this approach by developing ‘cash first’ referral leaflets for 14 local areas across Scotland. These provide signposting …

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Guest Blog: Cash First approaches to addressing food insecurity: What is the role of health visitors, midwives and family nurses?

In this guest post, Dr Flora Douglas (Reader in Nursing at Robert Gordon University) discusses her recent research: In late 2019 I was commissioned to undertake a short, focused piece of work to develop a better understanding of lived experiences of parenting on a low income in Aberdeen City, by NHS Grampian’s Child Health Commissioner. …

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Reflections on a year of Covid

‘Our year of Covid – the sector reflects’, is the theme of the April edition of Third Force News, SCVO’s magazine for the third sector. It is available in digital format here. Presented by Sheila Dillon, this edition of the Food Programme looks at ‘Food in Lockdown: One Year On’, and catches up with some …

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Webinar on supporting communities to re-start safely

UPDATE 21 MAY 2021 A recording of this webinar is now available on YouTube. With news that Scotland is expected to return to a system of local protection levels from 17th May, many volunteer, community and third sector organisations will be planning how and when to re-start their services.  Doing this safely and in line …

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Covid-19 response stories and resources

Recently featured in our e-bulletin, below are some interesting Covid-19 responses stories and some useful resources: Rewriting the Rules, Social Enterprise in Glasgow: the Covid-19 response. This report from Glasgow Social Enterprise Network can be found here. ‘Together we help’ provides learning from the many examples of informal social action undertaken during the last year. …

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New report from the Food Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has produced ‘Food in a pandemic’ – a new UK-wide research report on food insecurity, diet and eating habits, and food supply. It also explores our food psychology, and finds that most of us have positive views about food, although this varies by age and income. The report is available on …

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New report from the British Red Cross

The British Red Cross ‘longest year’ report includes recommendations for governments and local authorities across the UK on mitigating the effects of lockdown restrictions. The recommendations cover resources to support mental wellbeing, financial security and addressing barriers to accessing support. The report is available on the Red Cross website.

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