Community cafes provide healthy eating options at low cost, as well as a range of other community benefits such as reduced social isolation, skills development and increased local spending. CFHS works to improve the practice of community cafes through facilitating networking opportunities.
Community retailers (food co-ops, shops and other outlets) increase access to affordable healthy food as well as having a broader community role.
CFHS is also on the board of Plunkett Scotland, which represents community-owned shops in some of Scotland’s remotest communities.
Our plan for 2017/18
- support for the community cafe sector to build its capacity and improve its practice through providing further opportunities for networking.
- development of a self-evaluation programme for a sample of community cafes.
- producing and disseminating a publication which distils findings and recommendations from CFHS-commissioned/other community retailing research, to identify opportunities for strengthening and developing the sector and its links with current and developing policy.
- supporting the community retailing sector to apply learning from the publication and other sources to identify opportunities for sustaining and developing the sector.