Research and consultations

Good Food Nation engagement – Kitchen Table Talks

The Scottish Food Coalition is inviting people from across Scotland to get together for Kitchen Table Talks to discuss the future of food in Scotland. The Scottish Government will soon introduce a ‘Good Food Nation Bill’ and this legislation is a chance for everyone to shape Scotland’s food system. The purpose of the Kitchen Table Talks is …

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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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Mapping food hubs in the UK- survey participants sought

Sustainable Food Cities and the Food Research Collaborative has commissioned research to map the types of food hubs that exist, or are planned, in the UK. If you are involved in a  food hub, or in setting one up, the researchers are inviting you to complete a survey, which can be found via this Sustainable …

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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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Diet and Obesity: Scottish Government consultation

The Scottish Government’s consultation document ‘A Healthier Future – Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight’ is now available on the Scottish Government website and details of consultation events organised by the Scottish Public Health Network are available on the ScotPHN website.    

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Scottish Government Consultation – Guidance – Part 9 – Allotments – Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

The Scottish Government “Consultation on Guidance for Local Authorities, Part 9 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015” is now live: Written and online responses are invited by 17 November 2017 and answers will be accepted either on a completed form or on a separate piece of paper. The consultation can be downloaded here: …

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Obesity in Scotland

A new study “Obesity in Scotland: a persistent inequality” has been published  in the International Journal for Equity and Health. The study is also summarised in the ScotPHO report “Obesity and health inequalities in Scotland”. The study provides a comprehensive analysis of how levels of obesity in Scotland have changed over time and how obesity …

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Help to map awareness and use of participation requests among community organisations

Are you a member of a community organisation? Have you heard of participation requests, and are you thinking about making one? Participation requests are a new way for community organisations to have their voices heard in the planning and delivery of services. The right to make a participation request to a public body was introduced …

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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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Household food insecurity

In December 2016, at Serenity Café in Edinburgh, a workshop was held sharing learning about, and reflecting on, work that is currently taking place in Scotland and in the rest of the UK on the issue of household food insecurity measurement. The day was supported by NHS Health Scotland, the Rural and Environment Science and …

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