Community cafes and retailing

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.

News and updates

Booking open for CFHS community café visits

Booking is now open for CFHS’s latest community café learning visits, on 24 March in Edinburgh. The visits are open to anyone involved in or ...

Community cafe learning visit to Fly Cup Catering – places available

A couple of places are now available for our community cafe learning visit to Fly Cup Catering in Inverurie on Wednesday 19 October. The visit's ...

CFHS community cafe networking event 1 September 2016

We had an enjoyable and interesting day at the Pearce Institute in Glasgow. Around 60 delegates attended and enjoyed workshops and networking and various activities ...

Community retailing research

In December 2015, CFHS commissioned the University of Stirling's Institute of Retail Studies to carry out a piece of research looking at the future sustainability ...

Community cafe learning visits

CFHS is planning more community cafe learning visits this year. The visits give community cafe practitioners opportunities to find out about other community cafes, meet ...

Booking now available for CFHS community cafe networking event September 2016

Community Food and Health (Scotland) is holding another community café networking event on Thursday 1 September, in the Pearce Institute in Glasgow from 11 am ...

Community cafe networking event, June 2015

What was it? The third Scottish-wide networking event for community café practitioners was held in June 2015. It was planned and run jointly by Community Food ...

Next community cafe learning visit

Booking is now open for places on CFHS’s latest community café learning visit on Friday 18 March. Running from 12 – 2.30 p.m., it includes ...

Community cafe learning visit

CFHS’s next community café learning visit is on Tuesday 9 February, 11 am to 2.30 pm, to Wellmeadow Café in Blairgowrie and the Walled Garden ...

Community cafe learning visits

Following the success of previous visits, CFHS is running further community café learning visits this year.  These are open to anyone involved in running or ...