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Good Food Nation Consultation Events

More than 230 people joined us at eight meetings throughout Scotland to share ideas about, debate and influence the Scottish Government’s proposals to improve how food works in Scotland.

Food is everyone’s business! How we produce, distribute and eat food affects our health, communities, environment and economy. It’s a complex puzzle.

The Government is proposing that Scotland becomes a Good Food Nation 
by 2025 and has produced a consultation document with their ideas about how to achieve this.  In September 2014 we invited people to join us to discuss and debate their proposals, and become better equipped to influence how we ‘do food’ in Scotland.

Our consultation event was designed to help us develop better responses 
to the Government’s proposals. People attending the meetings came from a wide variety of sectors including farming, fishing, horticulture, community growing, processing, health, community development, retail, food service and other businesses as well as interested individuals.
We held 8  events throughout Scotland. These were organised in partnership with organisations in the respective local area.  For summaries of the discussions that took place and photographs of the material that was produced see the column on the right.
To help you in submitting your responses we put the consultation questions into a survey monkey (use this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GoodFoodNation). All responses collected in this way were sent on to the Scottish Government. 

Find here Nourish’s briefing summary of the government’s Good Food Nation document.

The Good Food Nation events have been consistently well attended, enjoyable and stimulating.  Feedback has shown that those attending found them useful. People were enthusiastic and heartfelt in their desire to create a better, stronger, fairer food system in Scotland. In the column on the right you find event summaries and photos of all the materials gathered.  Please feel free to use all these materials as widely as you wish to help inform your policy responses as well as those of friends, families and colleagues.

Also on the right are our 7 Tips for making effective responses to consultations, which we hope may help you if you haven’t responded to many before.

Help Create A Good Food Nation - We Need Your Voice

Event details

Event 1: Edinburgh - 4th September

Time: 10am – 12.30pm

Venue: David Hume Tower Conference Room

University of Edinburgh

George Square

Edinburgh EH8 9JX

Event partners:  

Edible Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh (SRS Futures, Social Responsibility & Sustainability Department) and Nourish Scotland

Event 2: Glasgow - 12th September

Time:

10.00am-4.30pm (including coffee on arrival and buffet lunch)

10am-1pm: Workshop 1 – Community growing and the Good Food Nation (led by Federation of Community Farms and Gardens)

1-2pm: lunch

2-4.30 pm: Workshop 2: General Good Food Nation (led by Nourish Scotland)

NB Morning and afternoon sessions to be booked individually – all welcome to attend one or both.

Venue:

The Boiler Room

The Hidden Gardens

25A Albert Drive

Glasgow

G41 2PE

http://thehiddengardens.org.uk/contact-us.php

Event Partners: 

Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and Nourish Scotland

Event 3: Fife - 17th September

Time: 6pm: buffet meal, 6.30 – 9.00pm: workshop

Venue:

Centre for Stewardship

The Stables

Falkland Estate

Falkland

Fife

KY15 7AF

http://www.centreforstewardship.org.uk/visit.htm

Event Partners:

Fife Diet, Falkland Centre for Stewardship and Nourish Scotland

Event 4: Borders - 25th September

NB THIS EVENT IS TO BE BOOKED DIRECTLY VIA THE CONTACT DETAILS BELOW, NOT THE EVENTBRITE WEBSITE.

Time: 2.00 – 4.30pm

Venue:

Abbotsford House Learning Centre

Abbotsford

Melrose

Roxburghshire

TD6 9BQ

Event Partners:

Joint Health Improvement Team

NHS and Scottish Borders Council HQ

The Old School Building

Newtown St Boswells

TD6 0SA

To book:

Email: health.improvement@borders.scot.nhs.uk

Phone: 01835 825970

By post:

Shirley Marr

Joint Health Improvement Team

Scottish Borders Council HQ

The Old School Building

Newtown St Boswells

TD6 0SA

Event 6: Moray - 25th September

Time:  5pm: buffet meal, 5.30 – 8.00pm: meeting

Venue:

The Inkwell, Elgin Youth Café, Francis Pl, Elgin, Moray IV30 1LQ: http://www.elginyouthcafe.org

Directions link: http://goo.gl/maps/pcz88

Event partners:

Moray Food Network / Transition Town Forres and Nourish Scotland

Partner links: www.morayfoodnetwork.org.uk/

http://transitiontownforres.wordpress.com

Event 7: Inverness - 24th September

Time:

5.30pm: soup and bread, 6.00-8.30pm: meeting

Venue:

Spectrum Centre

1 Margaret St

Inverness

IV1 1LS

Directions to venue:

Event Partners:

Scottish Crofting Federation

crofting.org/

Event 8: Aberdeen - 29th September

Time:

12.30 – 13.00pm: lunch  13.00-3.30pm: meeting

Venue:

Merchant Bistro

19 Correction Wynd

Aberdeen

Scotland

AB10 1HP

http://www.merchantbistro.com

Directions to venue

Event 5: Stirling - 16th September

Time:  10.00am – 12.30am

Venue:

Cowane’s Hospital Trust

49 St John Street

Stirling

FK8 1ED

Link to venue: http://www.cowanes.org.uk/where-to-find-us/

Event Partners:

Forth Environment Link:  http://www.forthenvironmentlink.org

Event 9: Perth - cancelled

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Event summaries and photographic records

Edinburgh

Read the Edinburgh consultation summary (PDF 168KB). Click on the slideshow for larger versions of the images. Some images allow full-screen viewing for easier reading.

Glasgow

Read the Glasgow consultation summary (PDF 113KB). Click on the slideshow for larger versions of the images. Some images allow full-screen viewing for easier reading.

Stirling

Read the Stirling consultation summary (PDF 180KB). Click on the slideshow for larger versions of the images. Some images allow full-screen viewing for easier reading.

Fife

Read the Fife consultation summary (PDF 135KB). Click on the slideshow for larger versions of the images. Some images allow full-screen viewing for easier reading.

Inverness

Download the Inverness consultation summary (PDF 145KB). Click on the slideshow for larger versions of the images. Some images allow full-screen viewing for easier reading.

Borders

Download the Borders consultation summary (PDF 157KB). Click on the slideshow for larger versions of the images. Some images allow full-screen viewing for easier reading.

Moray

Download the Moray consultation summary (PDF 142KB). Click on the slideshow for larger versions of the images. Some images allow full-screen viewing for easier reading.

Aberdeen

Download the Aberdeen consultation summary (PDF 145KB).

We hope that these 7  tips for making effective responses to consultations may be of help when preparing your responses.

1 Read and follow the instructions:  Some consultations give specific instructions on how to submit a response, for example, the length of responses, deadlines for responding and instructions on formats. Use them.

2 Introduce yourself:  Explain concisely who you are, whether you represent any group or organisation and what you do. It helps set the scene.

3 Don’t feel you have to comment on everything:
It’s OK to just make one or two points. Don’t feel daunted if you feel you have limited expertise or experience. Everyone’s opinion is legitimate and valid.

4 Be clear:  Think about what you want to say before you start writing and identify the most important issues to you.

5 Be brief and direct: Ideally no more than 2-4 pages. If you can answer any specific questions posed by the consultation, then do. If you have complicated diagrams or detailed information, think about whether these can go in an appendix to keep things uncluttered.

6 Be constructive and accurateIf you don’t like what is proposed, explain why. Suggest alternative options and be prepared to look for compromise. Make sure you have your facts right.

7 Structure it logicallyTry and tell a story. Have a beginning (introduction and headline topics) a middle (an explanation of your key points) and an end (conclusion or summary).

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