Background and purpose

The Aberdeen City Food Network (ACFN) was formed in June 2014 by a number of interested organisations who are currently involved in delivering food skills in the city. The main purpose of the group is to develop and raise the profile of practical food skills, services and facilities across the city, with a focus on addressing inequalities and food poverty.

General principles

ACFN’s approach, based on Community Development principles, builds on the skills, information, experience, networks and resources that individuals and communities bring. Additionally, in keeping with NHS Grampian’s, and ACFN’s, commitment to high quality, ACFN works to ensure all services are :

  • Person centred: providing services that are responsive to individual personal preferences, needs and values and assuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.
  • Safe: avoiding injuries to patients from healthcare that is intended to help them.
  • Effective: providing services based on scientific knowledge or evidence based
  • Efficient: avoiding waste, including waste of equipment, supplies, ideas, and energy.
  • Equitable: providing care that does not vary in quality because of personal characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic location or socio-economic status.
  • Timely: reducing waits and sometimes harmful delays for both those who receive care and those who give care.


Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) has been contracted by the NHS to develop and grow ACFN over this year and to facilitate and support the ACFN to:

    • promote partnership working within ACFN and between group members;
    • highlight gaps in services and access the appropriate services and funding;
    • support people with the right information, training and skills to confidently deliver food skills; and
    • extend and expand cooking/food training opportunities for all with a particular focus on disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals and groups.


ACFN operates an inclusive approach so membership is open to all interested organisations and individuals who are committed to ACFN’s goals and ‘general principles’.

For more information please contact Christine McLean, CFINE Development Worker on 01224 596156 or cmclean@cfine.org