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.

Self-evaluation programme – Sycamore Tree Cafe

About the café The Sycamore Tree Café (STC) is based within Davison’s Mains Church in West Edinburgh. The café was set up to be a community hub, providing a safe and welcoming space for everyone in the community. It is open three days a week, plus one …

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Self-evaluation programme – Open Door Cafe

About the café The Open Door (OD) is Edinburgh’s oldest community café. Running since February 1982, it was set up by a number of local churches to provide services for older people who they thought may be suffering from the ‘poverty of loneliness’, be …

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Self-evaluation programme – Kate’s Kitchen

Background to the cafe Kate’s Kitchen (KK) is based in Annan in Dumfries and Galloway. The organisation’s aim is to make life better for everyone that comes through the door. It runs a ‘pay what you can’ café which is open to anyone: people using the c …

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Self-evaluation programme – Community Food Stop

About the Community Food Stop Run by the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust (KOSDT), the Community Food Stop (CFS) is a weekly café providing a three-course lunch or  a snack, payable by donation. CFS was set up for two purposes: to address social is …

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Self-evaluation programme – North Edinburgh Arts

About the café North Edinburgh Arts (NEA) is based in Muirhouse, North Edinburgh and opened in 2000. The community café is integral to the centre and is seen as a key way of encouraging local people (and others) into the centre and into taking part in …

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The Usual Place

The Usual Place (TUP) is a community café based in the centre of Dumfries. It is open weekdays from 9 am – 4 pm and sells a range of drinks, snacks, and meals. The café was established to provide high-quality, strengths-based training around catering a …

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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.

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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.

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