Our Core Values underpin all that we do by providing a framework for service development, our decision making and behaviours.
- Inclusion: we believe in treating people with dignity and respect and making everyone feel welcome;
- Equality: we stand for equal rights and opportunities for all, whilst we acknowledge that everyone's experience is not equal;
- Community-led: we believe everyone has something to offer and focus on the strengths and resources of people and communities;
- Collaboration- we embrace working in partnership and believe in including people to find solutions to achieve positive outcomes for all;
- Enterprising- we embrace new ideas and develop creative solutions to enhance our services;
- Sustainability- we aspire to have a positive impact on people and our planet.
Our main base is in Aberdeen with our services reaching across the North of Scotland from Laurencekirk to Shetland.
We are here to offer a hand up and away from the challenges people are facing by providing opportunity and skills for people to move forward.
Access to nutritional food
Food is at the heart of what we do and is the thread that connects all our support services. Our outlets provide accessible and affordable nutritional food throughout communities in the North of Scotland.
Community Food Outlets have been part of CFINE since we were established and we currently have a number of outlets which are operated by volunteers in and for the communities they serve.
CFINE is the delivery partner operating FareShare Scotland regionally with 7 local authority areas across the north of Scotland supplying over 300 charity and community groups with surplus and donated food.
The need for the provision of emergency food parcels sadly continues to be a harsh reality. We do that via a delivery service and click & collect option, along with advice and connecting people to wider support to start to address their current circumstances. We also operate community food pantries that provide our members with choice and improved access to low-cost nutritional food.
We also have a community kitchen ‘Cook at the Nook’ which is our cooking hub offering a whole range of courses from basic skills to confidence in the kitchen to the inspiring Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food cooking programme, delivered exclusively in the North East at CFINE.
With over 300+ volunteers supporting us or being supported by us annually. They are the soul of the organisation.
The opportunities we offer help people learn a variety of vocational and life skills and provide hands on experience to enhance their potential.
Our Warehouse Skills Development Programme gives trainees real experience of all the key aspects of working in a warehouse setting along with recognised qualifications to help them towards securing permanent work.
Our recently established IT suite provides all those connected to CFINE with access to certificated learning modules.
In partnership with HM Prison Peterhead, we work with prisoners ahead of their release date to equip and prepare them for successful move on to a crime free lifestyle. This work starts in the prison setting and continues at CFINE upon release.
Health, well-being and the environment
Sustainability is high on our agenda. We coordinate the Sustainable Food Places Aberdeen and have secured the bronze award.
Our community growing project works across the city developing community gardens to grow food in regeneration areas, and our tool lending library providing these groups access to tools.
As one of the first organisations to pilot free sanitary products which led to the Scottish Bill being passed, CFINE continues to distribute free sanitary products across the North of Scotland via our networks.
Our impact sees improvement in peoples physical, mental and social wellbeing and we strive to also make a lasting contribution in our communities and for our work to create positive environmental impact.
Benefits and budgeting advice
We work with people to navigate the welfare system and ensure they are claiming the benefits they are entitled to improve their household income. In addition, we offer support to ensure people have the digital skills to manage their benefits and offer budgeting advice for people to better manage their personal finances.