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Community Food Project Brief – Feel Good about Food

Introduction and Background

Active Communities is a community-led organisation that develops and delivers innovative programmes across Renfrewshire that inspire people to become more active, improve health and wellbeing and empower people to change their lives. Our 2020 vision is happy, healthy and active communities where people of all ages and abilities are given the opportunity to feel good about themselves. We inspire, support and enable local people to improve their health and wellbeing and that of their community.

Our Feel Good Renfrewshire 2020 project aims to increase and improve our services for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage and to grow our organisation. During consultation with the local community and partners, we have identified a need to develop a community food project in Johnstone and Linwood to meet community needs.

Consultation with the local community identified:

  • a lack of cooking skills
  • a lack of confidence and knowledge on how to cook healthy meals
  • not knowing how to cook on a budget
  • a need for affordable options
  • a desire to have an affordable community led food project delivered locally
  • development of a community kitchen

We have also had a discussion with partners about developing a support service for families accessing the food bank. This would involve teaching basic cooking skills and developing menu planners for food distributed by the food bank

We have also identified a need to look at new and innovative ways to tackle issues around healthy eating and weight management, with local people not accessing the current services that are delivered.

Objectives of the project:

· To work with the Feel Good Renfrewshire team to ensure that premises used for the Cooking Project meet Cooksafe requirements and gain appropriate certification

· To deliver 4 cooking courses for community members

· To deliver 2 healthy eating / weight management courses

· To provide report on activities delivered, including monitoring and evaluation

· To develop appropriate policies / procedures for a new community kitchen

· To work with the Feel Good Renfrewshire team and partners to develop a sustainable food project to address food poverty

· To make recommendations on the development of a community kitchen,highlighting all the necessary steps and regulations required to develop this facility

· To investigate and make recommendations for setting up a social enterprise with food at the heart

· To work with the Feel Good Renfrewshire team and local community to put in place sustain the project

‘The work must take into consideration all current legislation which would affect the project, including Health and Safety, Environmental Health, Licensing regulations, Disability Discrimination.’


It is anticipated that the project will include both desk and field-based research, delivery of activities, community and partner consultation. The process of community involvement in this project is essential. You should allow for time / travel spent in the community in you costs.


Start Date March 2019

Completion date 31st December 2019

Specific targets will be set per quarter in discussion with consultant


It is envisaged that this study should take no more than 10 months to complete, and that the total fee should not exceed £10,000.


The project will be managed by Active Communities. The nominated contact person is Rachel McCafferty, Community Development Office.


Please provide the following details with your quote:

  • relevant experience and competency possessed by yourself and other personnel who will work on the project
  • full costs inclusive of expenses
  • proposed timetable for activities

Please submit your quote to:

Susan McDonald, Active Communities, by 1st March 2019

Date of brief

7th February 2019

Extraordinary General Meeting Notice

Notice is hereby given that an Extraordinary General Meeting of Active Communities (Scotland) Limited SC370513 will be held on Tuesday 11th December 2018 at Gleniffer High School, Amochrie Road, Foxbar, Paisley, PA2 0AG for the purpose of considering and, if thought fit, passing the following Special Resolution:

Special Resolution

Amendment of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of Active Communities (Scotland) Limited SC370513:

It is hereby resolved to amend the Memorandum & Articles of Association of Active Communities (Scotland) Limited SC370513 as set out in the Schedule to this Special Resolution, subject to any amendments agreed with the members of Active Communities Scotland Limited.

By order of the Board of Active Communities Scotland Limited SC370513
Susan McLean, Chairperson
Dated: 23rd November 2018

Special Resolution : seeks to replace the current Memorandum and Articles of Association with a revised version which is required to allow the Board to consider making an application for a Community Asset Transfer in terms of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

The Schedule referred to in the notice comprises a copy of the current Memorandum & Articles of Association along with a copy of the proposed revised Memorandum & Articles of Association. The Schedules have been published in full on the Active Communities (Scotland) Limited website and are also available electronically or in hard copy on request from Active Communities (Scotland) Limited.

All members have the right to attend and vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting,. Any member so entitled may appoint a proxy (who must also be a member) to attend and vote on his or her behalf, provided that the proxy form (see below) is properly completed and returned to the Active Communities ( Scotland) Limited Chief Executive no less than 48 hours before the scheduled start of the meeting. Members may, if they wish, appoint the chairman of the meeting as their first choice or alternative proxy. If so, the words “the chairman” should be inserted in the appropriate place on the proxy form.

the current Memorandum and Articles of Association.
the proposed revised Memorandum & Articles of Association.
Confirmation of attendance/ Form of Proxy.

Active Communities Hub 1st Birthday!

Our Quarry Street community hub's 1st birthday party took place on Friday 2nd November 2018.

Thank you to everyone who came along, and for those who were unable to attend, thank you for being part of the first year in our Quarry St. community hub and drop-in, for all your love and support and for sharing the memories with us - it means the world to all of us here at Active Communities.

Stay tuned for lots of exciting new activities and groups planned for 2019!

Herald Society Awards 2018.

We are proud to announce that together with RAMH, Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership and Linstone Housing Association our “Community Connectors” project WON the Health & Social Care Integration award at the Herald Society Awards. Congratulations to our incredible team and of volunteers and partners who made this award possible.

Well done to all the finalist.

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