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 2019/20

  • To continue to support for the community cafe sector to build its capacity and improve its practice.
  • To continue to support the community retailing sector to apply learning and identify opportunities for sustaining and developing the sector.

News and updates

Why becoming a Good Food Nation will be good for our health

Lesley McCranor, Executive Manager at Healthy Valleys, talks about the Scotttish Government's Good Food Nation consultation ... In 2017, 65% of adults aged 16 and over ...

Cafes in communities

Are you involved in running a café in a local community (geographical or shared interest) run for local people and/or by local people on a ...

Self-evaluation programme for community cafes

Between August 2017 and March 2018 we worked with a small group of community cafes to look at self-evaluation.  Together they developed a list of community cafe ...

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

Around 40 community food initiatives took part in an event on 7 March, run jointly by CFHS and Senscot. A community food social enterprise network ...

‘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 café self evaluation group – outcomes to evaluate impact

We have been working with a group of community cafes to look at self-evaluation. Together they have developed a list of community cafe outcomes to reflect the range of ...

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 ...