Topic outline

  • Introduction

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, CRT adapted to suit community needs and identified more resources and information were needed to support community food initiatives seeking to support people facing food insecurity. The project involves working closely with community groups, local volunteers and potential partners with experience of food initiatives. 

    • Coalfields Community Growing Projects

      A new funding stream was created during the pandemic to support Coalfields communities who have already participated in the Coalfields Community Futures programme and had already been through a participatory consultation highlighting their Food Growing Projects as a priority area.

      Funding was allocated to 17 different community groups to help create or develop food growing initiatives across the Coalfields. To view the map of where the projects are located, please click here or on the map below!

      • Community recipe of the month!

        This month's Community Recipe Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese!

        We would like to give credit to vegforlife for this tasty recipe! Please visit: to access more recipes.

        The base ingredients of a Bolognese sauce can be used to make curries, chillies, shepherd’s pie, lasagne and so on, depending on the herbs and spices you add.

        The recipe below is for Spaghetti Bolognese, but variations follow. Enjoy!

        Serves: 2

        Time to prepare: 10 mins

        Time to cook: 20 mins

        Dietary requirements: Dairy-free, Egg-free, Halal, Kosher, Vegan


        1 tbsp olive oil (for the pasta dishes, or sunflower oil for the rice ones)

        ½ large onion, chopped

        1½ cloves of garlic, crushed

        ¼ red pepper, chopped

        ½ medium courgette, chopped in half lengthways then sliced

        50g (2oz) mushrooms, chopped

        110g (4oz) veggie mince

        400g tin of chopped tomatoes

        ½ tbsp tomato purée

        1 bay leaf

        1½ tsp basil

        1 tsp oregano


        1.Fry the onion and red pepper in the oil until soft.

        2.Add the garlic, courgette and mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms are golden brown.

        3.Add the mince and herbs and fry for 4–5 minutes, stirring constantly. (If the mixture sticks and needs a bit of moisture use some of the juice from the tinned tomatoes.)

        4.Add the purée and tinned tomatoes, stir well and simmer for 10 minutes over a low heat.

        5.Serve on a bed of cooked spaghetti (allow 75g (3oz) dry weight per person) and garnish with grated dairy-/dairy-free cheese or Parmezano and chopped olives.

        Please send us your favourite recipe to and it may feature in next month's recipe of the month!
        • Community Shop's & Pantries

          Community shops are essentially village shops that are democratically owned by members of the community. They trade as businesses, but they trade primarily for community benefit. 

          A food pantry is a community-based program that collects and safely storefood and household products for free distribution to low-income and vulnerable members of the community.

          There are a number of each across the Coalfields areas which aim to help members of their communities, the link below will guide you to the google map of local community shops and pantries in Scotland: 

          • Peas Please - Veg Advocates + The Dignity Project

            Peas Please is a ground breaking new, UK wide, Food Foundation initiative, led, in Scotland, by Nourish Scotland to make it easier for everyone to eat more veg. Peas Please will bring together businesses and the public sector including farmers, retailers, processors, fast food chains and government, to solve supply chain barriers to veg consumption.  We know that at eating more veg is good for our health, will help our NHS, and can also reduce our carbon footprint. CRT supports the work being carried by Nourish Scotland and we want to share this learning with our own Coalfields Communities. 

            Veg Advocates

            We have signed up the the Veg Advocates Network to promote the good work our communities are doing in growing local food to support their local community.

            Dignity in Practice

            Nourish Scotland also has a  Dignity in Practice project working alongside community food groups and organisations to explore the detail of what promoting and enhancing dignity looks like in community food provision. The peer support programme encourages practice change that recognises the important role of community initiatives as sources of support to people experiencing food insecurity, as well as inclusive spaces for people to access, share and enjoy food, regardless of their circumstances. 

            The film below offers an introduction to the Dignity work that the team has been involved in since 2016. To view the video, please select the link:

            To find out more information about The Dignity Project, please visit displaying the words Dignity in Practice

            • Questions & Answers

              We have created a CRT Growing and Community Food Message Board where members of communities can post a question or ask for guidance from other community members. The message board should be used for everyone to share their knowledge, skills and experience. 

              We aim to share any unanswered questions at our monthly café meetings for anyone who may have not had the time to view the message board but may still be able to assist at the café.

              To access the message board, please click here.

              Question and answer stickers