Miscellaneous food and health

Malnutrition Awareness Week 1-5 October

The first Malnutrition Awareness Week will be taking place in October. In Scotland Eat Well Age Well are hoping to maximise the impact of the week and are looking for community groups and other agencies to join them in raising awareness, tackling myths and sharing information.   More information available from the Eat Well Age Well website. …

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Emergency food aid and community meals map

Urban Roots has recently launched a map showing the availability of community meals, community retailers and food banks in Glasgow. Find out more at https://www.urbanroots.org.uk/freefood/

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Job done

With the imminent implementation by government of a Soft Drinks Industry Levy, the Children’s Health Fund are closing their voluntary levy which has distributed £162,000 to local communities over a two and a half year pilot. More information available on the Sustain website.

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A Connected Scotland: Tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections

The Scottish Government has recently launched this consultation . We know that many community food initiatives are doing work that addresses loneliness and social inclusion in their communities, and would encourage you to feed in your experiences to the consultation, which is available on the Scottish Government website until 27 April 2018, with engagement events …

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Would you like to host an MSP at your garden?

Working to improve the laws and policies that affect community growing is an important element of the work of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, who are looking to coordinate visits by MSPs to community gardens over the next few months. This is an opportunity to engage with MSPs and highlight the impact …

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Pilot areas named for new food insecurity project in Scotland

The three areas in which a unique project will pilot new preventative and rights-based approaches to cut the number of people turning to food banks will be announced tonight at an event at the Scottish Parliament. The project – called ‘A Menu for Change: Cash, Rights, Food’ – is a partnership between Oxfam Scotland, Child …

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Calling all cooks …

Do you know someone who gives their all to feeding their community or an outstanding school cook, hospital chef or care home caterer who can magic up meals that make a difference to people’s lives? The BBC Food Programme are looking for an unsung hero to get the recognition they deserve by crowning them BBC …

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Eat Better Feel Better – The Big Vegetable Challenge

The latest phase of the Scottish Government’s Eat Better Feel Better campaign launched today at High Park Primary School in Glasgow. https://news.gov.scot/news/broccoli-and-cauliflower-top-vegetables-shunned-by-kids Focused on getting children to eat more vegetables, this latest phase will include tv and online advertising, and community events. As previously, resources will be available to community groups to help promote this …

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Health and wellbeing profiles

ScotPHO have produced a series of health and wellbeing profiles for each local authority area, based on a snapshot taken on 25th February 2016. Each report highlights “key indicators” – the six indicators where performance is worst, and the comparison with the Scottish average. Find out more on the website https://www.scotpho.org.uk/comparative-health/profiles/resources/council-reports/  

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Scottish Islands Federation survey

Scottish Islands Federation is a network of island community organisations that aims to share ideas and innovations between the islands as well as give a voice to some of the common challenges that are felt on the islands. It is carrying out a survey to gather thoughts from island communities on their main challenges and opportunities. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KFVMVCP …

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