Community Food Matters

The Community Food Matters programmes offers a variety of opportunities for participants to improve their physical and mental health. 

The programme is supported by trained volunteers and includes the following activities and courses:

  • Practical Cooking courses – learning how to prepare and cook tasty, healthy meals on a budget for families and individuals.
  • Community Health Cafes – we currently have community drop-in cafes in Kirkmuirhill, Rigside and Lanark (to download a leaflet – click on the café name or see ‘what’s on’ for details) and we are going to be developing new cafes in 2 other areas.
  • Rural Café – a confidential, weekly café which supports individuals and families who are financially struggling by providing a healthy hot meal at the café and a meal to take home with them.  Participants are also supported/signposted to other support services to help improve their circumstances. Download a referral form
  • Registered REHIS courses – Healthy Valleys is a registered REHIS Centre and we deliver the Elementary ‘Food Hygiene’, ‘Food and Health’ and Cooking Skills courses.
  • Physical Activity Programme – we have a variety of opportunities to take part in physical activity including health walks, dancing, swimming or bowling (see what’s on for details).


  • Improved cooking skills and knowledge of food and nutrition
  • Improved sense of well-being, physical and mental health
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Improved access to services and health information
  • Increased social activity and networks

Funded by the Integrated Care Fund.

For more information, please contact Simone (Cooking Courses/Community Cafes/Rural Café/REHIS) or Faye (Physical Activity Programme)