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Calling all Scottish community enterprises …

to take 10 minutes to complete the Social Enterprise Census 2017, the national count of social enterprises supported by the Scottish Government and others. Almost 900 enterprising charities, community co-ops and social enterprises have already responded The survey can be found at  and will be open for another three weeks.

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Everyone can cook!

This new recipe book from Pilton Community Health Project features recipes chosen and put together by participants of its Wednesday cooking club. Each recipe is simple, healthy and cheap to make and is a particular favourite of the local person featured. Everyone can cook! is available to download from

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Empowering our Communities pop-up day, June 26th

Scotland now has ‘Community Empowerment’ legislation, growing co-production and participatory budgeting (or ‘community choices’) movements, and communities who are have shown the difference that community ownership of assets can make for making local places better.However, many of us who are working hard to change things locally can feel cut off from sources of support and …

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Vacancy at The People’s Development Trust

The People’s Development Trust, based at the Legacy Hub in Glasgow, are currently recruiting for a Food and Health Community Engagement Officer. More information available at

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Cooking skills blog 31: Cooking course resources: updates from REHIS

Yesterday I attended the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) seminar for practitioners who run the REHIS accredited Elementary Cooking skills course and other REHIS food and health courses. REHIS, Obesity Action Scotland, Food Standards Scotland and I, provided updates on resources and information around food and health and/ or training. Updates included: Planned …

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Community café self-evaluation programme

Would you like your cafe to be able to demonstrate the difference it’s making to your staff, volunteers, customers and community? Would you like to be involved in developing a range of tools that other cafes can use to evaluate the impact of their work as well? Community Food and Health (Scotland) is looking for six …

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Cooking skills blog 30: What are the best recipes to use on a cooking skills course? Part 2.

All the practitioners in our cooking skills study group hope that people on their courses will make the recipes they have learned on the course again at home. Most are encouraging course participants to choose the recipes for some, or all of the course sessions, and I have already written a post (see blog 14) …

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Community cafe learning visits

In October 2016, CFHS held three community café learning visits. An infographic and short report about the visits, and their impact on the participants that took part, are now available. For more details, please contact

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Food for Thought Funding

Education Scotland has another round of funding for early learning and childcare centres, primary schools and secondary schools to develop food and health education. Up to £3000 is available and applications will close at 14.00 on Wednesday 31 May 2017. The aim of the fund is to provide progressive, high quality learning experiences in food and health, …

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Cooking skills blog 29: Finding out if your cooking skills courses are ‘working’: Guest blog: what’s the difference between ‘observation’ and ‘third party’?

All members of our cooking skills study group are aiming to use a combination of three different evaluation sources to find out if their courses are ‘working’, by sourcing evaluation materials from 1) the course practitioner (as an ‘observer’), 2) the participant (‘self-reporting’) and 3) and a third source such as a ‘third party’ who …

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