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Our Partners

Our partners are at the heart of what we do. Driven by our core partners, our Steering Group, we aim to ensure as many people are involved in creating a sustainable food system as possible.

 

Below are the members of our Steering Group, Granite City Good Food's main partners and some information about what they do:

Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeen City Council uses policy change to create sustainable food systems. Aberdeen City Council leads Community Planning Aberdeen, and are a key partner in Granite City Good Food. Day-to-day, they also support allotment sites and growing opportunities, collect food waste, procure food large-scale, and cater for schools in the City.  

In March 2021, Aberdeen City Council committed to the Glasgow Declaration for Food and Climate, a call by local governments to put food first in addressing our climate and nature emergency. 

Aberdeen City Council kindly fund the Granite City Good Food partnership along with Sustainable Food Places and NHS Grampian Public Health Directorate. 

Community Food Initiatives North East

CFINE aims to improve health, wellbeing, and the environment by tackling poverty, and building resilience in disadvantaged, vulnerable, low-income individuals, families and communities in North East Scotland.

Services include the CFINE Food Bank, Pantries (including the Mobile Pantry), the ‘Cook at the Nook’ community kitchen, a range of employability based services, ‘Happy Optimistic Positively Energized,’  and CFINE’s SAFE Team which advise in financial matters. 

CFINE kindly host the Granite City Good Food partnership. 

NHS Grampian (Public Health Directorate)

NHS Grampian is the Health board for the North East of Scotland. Beyond health and care settings, there are a wide number of food initiatives by NHS Grampian, such as the Confidence 2 Cook food skills framework, Healthier Futures and lifestyle services.

On Granite City Good Food, NHS Grampian is represented by the NHS Grampian Public Health Directorate. 

 

NHS Grampian Public Health Directorate kindly funds Granite City Good Food along with Sustainable Food Places and Aberdeen City Council.  

Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership

Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership works with city communities to enable people to achieve fulfilling and healthier lives and wellbeing.

The partnership offers numerous food support services, including supporting community kitchens, supporting the delivery of practical food skills and confidence courses and Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland Food Hygiene training, community growing activity (through the Keep Growing Aberdeen initiative), and funds innovative projects in these areas. 

Robert Gordon University

Robert Gordon University is one of four further/higher education establishments with bases in Aberdeen City.

 

RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery lead on several research projects which allow a greater understanding the food system and how to change policy and practice. Key projects have included focuses on long-term health condition management and experiences of food insecurity, and the proposed “Financial Inclusion Pathway.”

The Allotment Market Stall

The Allotments Market Stall collects excess produce from allotments across Aberdeen every week in the growing season and sells it in four market stalls across the city, with the mission of reducing waste, reducing food miles, and making great produce available at affordable prices.

Run by volunteers, TAMS is currently developing a no-dig growing space at Grove Nursery. 

Tillydrone Community Flat

Tillydrone Community Flat are at the very heart of their community. Based in a block of flats on Alexander Terrace, the Flat is a thriving hub for community activity and support.  

Tillydrone Community Flat offers a space for all in the community as well as quality support through its foodbank and community garden, internet access, a creche, laundry facilities, housing information and support…or just a cuppa and a chat!

NESCAN Hub

North East Scotland Climate Action Network (NESCAN) is a network that supports climate action organisations in the North East of Scotland. NESCAN aims to be an information and collaboration network for organisations within North East Scotland, which have climate action and biodiversity projects.

(NESCAN) Hub is funded by the Scottish Government to be an information, education and collaboration hub for individuals and organisations within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire that are working on projects that reduce carbon or increase biodiversity.

The Rowett Institute

The Rowett Institute plays a major role in the UK research capability in nutrition and human health and throughout their history the Institute has made a significant impact on animal health and human nutrition.

Much of the current research is sponsored by the Scottish Government and aims to address the big issues of our time, including food inequalities, food security and obesity, as well as the sustainable development of Scotland's food industry. Major programmes of food and health-related research are also funded by the EU and research councils.

The Middlefield Community Hub

Middlefield Community Project @ the Hub is an independent charity which receives funding from Aberdeen City Council, Fairer Aberdeen Fund and Early Education to provide a range of services to those living in the Middlefield, Cummings Park, Marchburn and Heathryfold area.

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