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

‘Take Five’ national community cafe networking event, 28 September 2017

'Take Five’ was the fifth national community café networking event run by/with Community Food and Health (Scotland). Around 30 people took part. Our event was ...

Community Food Social Enterprise Network and community retailers ‘sharing good practice’ sessions

Grassmarket Community Project Edinburgh Senscot and CFHS are running two sessions on 7 March for community food social enterprises and community retailers. The morning session will ...

New community retailing publications

Two new publications about community retailing are now available. Strengthening the future of community retailing is an accessible summary of research carried out for us in ...

Community retailers get together to share good practice

Six community retailers met recently to share what was working well for them, their ideas for their community retailing services, and the challenges they were ...

Community café self-evaluation programme

Would you like your cafe to be able to demonstrate the difference it’s making to your staff, volunteers, customers and community? Would you like to be ...

Community cafe learning visits

In October 2016, CFHS held three community café learning visits. An infographic and short report about the visits, and their impact on the participants that took ...

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 ...

Research – factors affecting the sustainability of community retailing

In 2015 CFHS commissioned research to identify the factors that affect the sustainability of community retailers (food co-ops, fruit and vegetable stalls and barras and ...