Older people

Over the past few years our focus has been on developing activity around older people and food access. This work has included hosting a roundtable discussion, carrying out local and national research, developing good practice case studies, micro funding new initiatives, and supporting the roll out of successful initiatives nationally.

A CFHS study tour in October 2013 took representatives from community food initiatives working with older people in Scotland, the Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland to London to look at different approaches to addressing food access and food poverty with older people. The tour has already had very positive outcomes one of which is the formation of a Scottish Older People’s Food Task Force and the development of an illustrative results chain on older people eating well.

Our plan for 2017/18

There is no specific work planned around this theme for this year, but we will continue to take opportunities to take this forward within our general work with community food initiatives, and support, if applicable, through our funding opportunities.

News and updates

Older people’s food task force

This group continues to grow in reach and numbers, with new members from Age Scotland, Queen Margaret University, REHIS, the Befriending Network and the Health ...

Older People’s Food Task Force

Participants on the study tour to London in October 2013 agreed when they got back to Scotland to set up this group to develop a ...

Lunch clubs – good practice examples

Lunch clubs are a key piece in the jigsaw of services that support older people to eat well. Many are organised and run by older ...

Approaches to improving food access/addressing food poverty with older people

Study tour to London, 1-3 October 2013'The main thought that stayed with me the entire trip was - food is what sustains life, nourishes and ...

Theory of change research

Rock Solid Social Research has completed its work looking at the 'theory of change' that underpins the work of community food initiatives that are looking to ...
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  • Publications

    • In early 2014, CFHS worked with Evaluation Support Scotland to commission a short evidence review of the literature on the ways in which the third ...
    • This publication focuses on the work of community food initiatives working with older people and will be of use to community food initiatives in building ...
    • The study tour took place between 1 and 3 October 2013. Ten people took part in a busy two days, which included 10 different visits/meetings ...
    • A report on the work undertaken by micro funding recipients and findings from a learning event.
    • This study was commissioned by Consumer Focus Scotland/CFHS to provide baseline information about the range and extent of food services for older people living in ...
    • Outlines the main findings from the study together with recommendation for action by the Scottish Government, local authorities and local communities.
    • Brings together material from six lunch clubs in different parts of the country most of which are run by older people for older people.
    • Notes from a networking event for community food intiatives that support older people to eat well
    • This report, commissioned by CFHS from Rock Solid Social Research, is based on an evaluation of the Food Train in terms of its economic value.
    • On 25 February Community Food and Health (Scotland) and Consumer Focus Scotland co-hosted a roundtable discussion looking at issues around older people's access to affordable ...