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One piece of the puzzle? What SCDC is learning about participation requests

Participation requests are a way for people to have their say about what improvements they would like to see made to public services they use. Community groups in Scotland have been able to make them since April 2017, when they were introduced as part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act. The briefing highlights that more information and …

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A seat at the table

There is increasing interest in the commencement of the official consultation around a Good Food Nation Bill. Watch out for details.

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1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health

Florence Dioka from Central and West Integration Network (CWIN) and our colleague Jacqui presented the poster below at the 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health, on 18 May 2018.  It explains how they carried out community-led research into food security and insecurity, plus shares some of the findings. Food security and insecurity-poster You …

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Knowledge is Power: a new report on the importance of community-led action research in Scotland

Starting in 2017, the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) and the Poverty Alliance worked with ten community organisations to co-design a resource framework which could be used to support communities across Scotland to conduct their own inquiries into the issues affecting them. You can find further information and download the report and executive summary on …

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Dignity in Practice Report

Nourish Scotland and the Poverty Truth Commission have released a report that aims to be a practical resource to help community food providers to think about what dignity looks like in practice and how this can be achieved. Dignity in Practice looks at how a number of people who are experiencing food insecurity face not only …

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New briefing from Senscot

Latest briefing from Senscot – Social prescribing: the role of social enterprises – is now available at

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Food Standards Scotland update shows little improvement in the Scottish diet

Food Standards Scotland launched two new reports yesterday highlighting the challenge for people in Scotland to have a healthier diet and reduce their risk of diet related diseases. Find out more on the Food Standards Scotland website.

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New community retailing publications

Two new publications about community retailing are now available. Strengthening the future of community retailing is an accessible summary of research carried out for us in 2016 by the University of Stirling’s Institute for Retail Studies. It looked at the sustainability of community retailing. It includes the research’s key findings and recommendations. Staying power compares the …

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New findings – what people think about reducing obesity in Scotland

NHS Health Scotland has released new findings about public-attitudes-to-reducing-obesity-in-Scotland.  ScotCen Social Research’s Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, carried out in 2016, included a module of 40 questions (developed in consultation with NHS Health Scotland) to find out what people think about obesity and how to tackle it. The survey found that people did not always recognise obesity in themselves or others. But, most people …

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New – tips for older vegetarians and vegans

Outside the Box has launched ‘Tips for older vegetarian and vegans’, as part of its Food Buddies programme. The tips include lots of suggestions, ideas and recipes for older people (including those affected by dementia) or for other that are supporting or working with older people. The publication can be accessed through this link – …

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