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#CommunityFoodNearMe – Gracemount Community Garden

In this bumper version of the #CommunityFoodNearMe social media posts that we have been sharing this week, we have a wee slideshow of colleague Jacqui’s visit to Gracemount Community Garden, where she took a few pictures and got chatting to the volunteers. #CommunityFoodNearMe

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New reports from Public Health Scotland

Two new reports from Public Health Scotland should be of interest to Scotland’s community food initiatives. The COVID-19 Shielding Programme (Scotland) Impact and Experience Survey presents the findings of this online survey, which ran between 1 and 14 June 2020, was open to individuals who had received a letter from Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer advising them …

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Covid-19 funding and beyond

A new charity fundraising hub has recently been launched. The hub includes easy-to-use tools and guidance, as well as checklists for grant applications. A series of webinars will also be streamed over the coming weeks. More information on the Ecclesiastical website.

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Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme

The Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme is a £25m Scottish Government funded programme aiming to support charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations that are supporting people and communities through the shift from lockdown to recovery. The Programme has two strands: Adapt and Thrive, which offers tailored, specialist advice, as well as grants and …

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Recent learning on food and food insecurity

The University of Hereford has published research on ‘Scottish food practices’, exploring household practices and use of dietary information. The findings will help inform Food Standards Scotland develop dietary guidelines. The research can be found on the University’s website. Another recent publication from BMC Public Health is research on the lived experience of long-term health condition management …

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During the height of restrictions and now as we live with ongoing risk of Covid-19, the places we can walk or cycle to have become more important to us.  Community support around food played, and will continue to play, a vital role. So whether an initiative continued to do what they normally do, changed and …

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Re-starting cooking skills classes

Two experts have provided us with information in the last two weeks that will be useful to those considering re-starting cooking skills classes.  The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) invited Professor Jason Leitch, the National Clinical Director to take part in a Q&A for voluntary sector organisations emerging from lock-down due to coronavirus. SCVO …

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UK reports on food insecurity and diet during Covid-19

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a short series of reports from its Covid-19 consumer research. The reports include people’s lived experiences of food insecurity, and how Covid-19 changed people’s shopping, cooking and eating habits. You can read these reports on the FSA website. The University of Sheffield, King’s College London, Sustain and Churches Action …

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How have NHS teams supported community food work during the pandemic?

Many Community Food Initiatives work closely with local NHS dietitians or nutritionists. The Scottish Public Health Nutrition Group (SPHNG) brings these NHS public health nutrition representatives together and has produced a short snapshot of how they worked with communities during the lock-down and how they put their own activities (such as community cooking) online. The …

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PHINS webinar series

GCPH and Public Health Scotland are hosting three separate, but linked, online webinars, which focus on the impact of, the context to, and the emergence from, the COVID-19 pandemic. 10am 3rd Sept, 17th Sept and 1st Oct.

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