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In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available or to find out about alternative groups or services in your area.

Family-friendly, hands-on sustainable food course called Leith Lunches, where we discuss how we can cut down on food waste and make more sustainable food choices


 Reduce people’s detrimental impact on the environment (e.g. climate change) by modifying their interactions with food
 Combat the consumer mentality and replace it with the mindset of responsible global citizen
 Weaken the near-monopoly that agro-industry and large supermarkets have on the food chain
 Reduce socio-economic inequality
 Improve physical and mental health through dietary modification and building community


 Series of interactive workshops, each focused on an aspect of food and the environment: shopping habits, composting and food waste
 Built around shared meals acting as social lubricant and focus of discussion
 Behaviour assessed by surveys, the results of which are fed back to participants using a social norms approach, thus reinforcing responsible behaviour
 Summertime lunches are on the Croft so participants are surrounded by examples of people from a variety of backgrounds growing environmentally sound food together. This is, in itself, a social norms intervention.


 Wider community of Leith
 We are targeting people who live in Leith, and not any specific socioeconomic stratum or strata. This is because:
 local businesses – we encourage attendees to shop locally


 Having run the programme on four occasions, participants are now readily signing up. We have made it attractive through addressing some of the potential barriers to participation:

o time: running the courses at different times and days in different formats;
o childcare: children are welcome at all events and activities provided for them;
o money: the courses are free of charge;
o social pressure: by creating, in effect, a new mutually supportive community for and from those who attend the workshops, we hope to counteract pressures from wider society. This new community is the milieu in which we use the social norms methodology referred to in the Activities section.


 change in food-related behaviour, calculated from pre- and post-course surveys of food-related behaviour, which will allow us to estimate carbon savings
 participants invited to measure their food waste and to give feedback on the course
 a ‘post-mortem’ (review) of every course to identify which elements worked and which didn’t and modification of the course as a result

Please get in touch for further information, or to book a place.
65+, 26 - 29, 30 - 34, 35 - 39, 40 - 44, 45 - 49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64, 17 - 25
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46A Suite 2, Constitution Street, Leith

North East 
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This record was last modified on: 30 August 2017