Feedback on the REHIS Elementary Cooking Skills Course from community cooking trainers

I am delighted to welcome a report written by Community Food and Health (Scotland), or CFHS, detailing the views of 12 trainers delivering the REHIS Elementary Cooking Skills course. CFHS provided funding to 13 groups for them to deliver the course in low-income communities.

REHIS President gives evidence at Holyrood

Colin Wallace, REHIS President, gave oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee at Holyrood during discussion on Stage 1 of the Food (Scotland) Bill. The whole report, published on 21 August 2014, is available at the following link -  Food (Scotland) Bill

REHIS Conference Survey

The Annual Conference has given the Institute’s members, colleagues from partner organisations and government agencies and the wider Environmental Health and Public Health communities including REHIS Approved Training Centres the opportunity to meet and to discuss important and topical issues. A great deal of effort has gone into making Annual Conferences relevant and informative for delegates but delegate numbers continue to fall year on year.

Scottish Green Apple Awards 2014

Falkirk Council scooped the top awards when more than 70 of Scotland's 'greenest' people attended the REHIS sponsored Scottish Green Apple Environment Awards 2014 recently. Falkirk Council scored a stunning hat-trick of success, winning Local Authorities Gold awards for two of their submissions – ‘The Helix’ and the ‘Greenspace Initiative’. On the strength of that double-whammy, they went on to win the top accolade - Green Champion of Scotland 2014.The presentation ceremony was staged at The Scotsman Hotel, Edinburgh and the trophies were presented by Sophie Desbrow, Miss UK Green Queen.

REHIS Trainers’ Seminar – Wednesday 8 October 2014

I am delighted to advise you about the forthcoming REHIS Trainers Seminar.  The seminar is intended to give REHIS trainers an update on Food Safety and Health & Safety matters, and is part of the Institute’s commitment to keeping Centres up to date.

Keep Scotland Beautiful ‘Bags of opportunity’

Recently Keep Scotland Beautiful has presented a case to TESCO to receive funding from the single use carrier bag charge in Scotland to support work in communities.  Having been shortlisted from hundreds to participate in a public vote and as the only Scottish charity in the final three KSB is asking friends and supporters to take a minute to vote and share this message across their networks.Please vote for Keep Scotland Beautiful to make a difference in the places people love.  VOTE NOW HERE:

World Environmental Health Day

World Environmental Health Day 26 September 201426 September has been declared World Environmental Health Day by the International Federation of Environmental Health. This year’s theme is Addressing Environmental Health Inequalities. Full details available at    


Training Adviser(Food Safety/Health and Safety)I am delighted to announce that Raymond Hubbocks has been appointed to the post of Training Adviser (Food Safety/Health & Safety). Raymond, currently a member of the Institute’s Council and a Lecturer with Forth Valley College, will take up his post on 30 June and we look forward to welcoming him to the team.Photo caption: Raymond Hubbocks with Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal in April last year Tom Bell Chief Executive

Community Training – Staffing Update

I would like to introduce myself as the Institute’s new Director of Training following the retiral of Graham Walker in March 2014.  Graham will be much missed, having been part of REHIS for many years, but I am confident that I will step up to the challenge to continue to strengthen the Institute’s Community Training activities. I would also like to welcome Angela Flynn, Administrative Assistant, to the team who will be supporting Margaret O’Hare. Angela replaces Marlene Wood who retired in April after over 10 years with REHIS.

The John Craigs Student Award

The John Craigs Student Award was introduced to commemorate the life of the late John Craigs and his meritorious service to Port Health. The winner of the award will receive a cheque for £200 and will be invited for an all expenses paid day at the APHA conference, where the award will be presented.Students are invited to submit a dissertation or portfolio demonstrating their knowledge, skills and experience in an aspect of port health. Full details of the award and how to apply can be found by downloading the attached document.

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