Community cafés and retailing: case studies

Food co-ops and community cafés are a practical way of breaking down barriers to healthy eating, such as accessibility and affordability. Often found in community and health centres, they not only offer healthy, affordable food but provide a social focus as well as skills training. They can fill a gap where a mainstream business won’t survive and any profits are reinvested in the community.

East Dunbartonshire Food Co-ops

Bike contraption for making smoothies

The food co-ops in Hillhead and Lennoxtown offer access to good quality, low-cost, fresh fruit and vegetables and to volunteering opportunities, where people can develop new skills and get involved in their community.

Read ‘East Dunbartonshire Food Co-ops’ here

Claddach Kirkibost Café

White washed community building

Part of the community-led Claddach Kirkibost Centre on the west coast of North Uist, the café offers high quality food and service all year round, together with stunning views and friendly staff. The café is unique in North Uist as a meet-up place for a snack, a meal or just a cup of tea.

Read ‘Claddach Kirkibost Café’ here