The Kiltwalk

25 members of CFINE, including volunteers and staff, are walking an aggregate 314 miles to raise money for CFINE’s work towards tackling poverty in the North-east. The walkers will take 3 different distances: 5 miles, 14 miles or 26 miles – which is the length of a marathon.

If you or your organisation is in the position, please support our walkers by contributing to our cause.

We are ready to go the extra mile for the vulnerable individuals, families and communities we support - it is your turn to help us make a difference.

About CFINE

CFINE is an Aberdeen-based charity and social enterprise tackling poverty and providing support for and with vulnerable, low-income and disadvantaged individuals, families and communities in Aberdeen. We sell fruit and vegetables at a competitive price to businesses and individuals to generate profit for our works in the community.

Our food bank distributes over 15,000 emergency food parcels annually, operated by an army of loyal volunteers, most of whom found us through their personal issues and became the members of our family.

The S.A.F.E. team is trained to support those facing financial difficulty or navigating the welfare system. The S.A.F.E. team provides a more holistic, person-centred support that responds to often multiple and complex, needs of people struggling to get by on benefits and low incomes.

Community Food Outlets provide affordable and accessible produce to disadvantaged and vulnerable communities in Aberdeen.

In collaboration with FareShare, we redistributed over 450 tonnes of in-date food last year, that otherwise would have gone to landfill. It equates to more than 1,070,000 meals and 1,890 tonnes of carbon emission saved.

The Scottish Government asked CFINE to operate and coordinate the Access to Sanitary Products pilot scheme for six months in 2017-18 through which sanitary products were made available free to all those on low incomes who need them. Based on the success of the pilot, every school, college and university in Scotland provides free products to pupils, under the new government scheme, from the launch of this semester and through FareShare. CFINE operates FareShare Grampian, to low-income people, working with over 200 partner organisations in the area.

Tuk In, our electric tuk-tuk is a mobile community café, promoting healthy eating and reducing food waste. Tuk In is available for meetings, outdoor catering, parties and workplace food delivery.

We opened the Cook at the ‘Nook community kitchen to provide complimentary cooking classes for those in need, and to develop their cooking skills. However, if you’re planning a day out with your family or work, a variety of interesting classes are also available, including pasta making classes, macaron classes, as well as Eastern cuisine.

Over a year, we recruit and support over 250 volunteers. Volunteers give a lot to CFINE but also receive, for example, improved confidence, new skills, social networks as many of our beneficiaries have few or no family and friends.

 

All in all, CFINE tackles poverty, builds resilience, improves health and well-being, increases employability and creates employment with Grampian’s poorest individuals and communities.