Communities and Families and Cooking

Thirteen projects across Scotland are celebrating a share in grants over £100,000 thanks to the Communities and Families Fund – a joint venture with The Scottish Government and Big Lottery Fund Scotland.

Two of those projects focus on practical cooking sessions and raising awareness of affordable ingredients and a healthy diet.

An award of £9,720 for Garioch Community Kitchen will help them provide nutritional information to nurseries in the Garioch and Formartine areas of Aberdeenshire, as well as cooking workshops for parents and their children.

Garioch Community Kitchen
Garioch Community Kitchen

Janette Gascoine from Garioch Community Kitchenis delighted to receive the grant: “This will help us provide parent and child cooking classes, nutritional information, and REHIS (Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland) accredited training and cooking workshops for primary school children. The range of courses will be delivered as part of outreach work across North Aberdeenshire as well as in the community kitchen.

“We have a small, dedicated team of food and health professionals with a wealth of experience and qualifications who are able to advise on all aspects of food hygiene and nutrition. Thanks to our close links with community groups we are becoming a recognized centre of expertise. Today’s funding will help us continue in that role and bring confidence back into practical cookery, within local communities, and highlight the long-term benefits of a healthy balanced diet.”

You Can Cook - Bosco Santimano
You Can Cook – Bosco Santimano

Bosco Santimano is Director of You Can Cook CIC which is based in the Scottish Borders. Their grant of £9,654 will allow them to run a series of cookery courses in Innerleithen Family Centre:

Project ‘Early Start’ will be working with young children and their parents to raise awareness of the advantages of living a healthy lifestyle. We will be running weekly drop-in cookery sessions and some of the topics covered are budgeting skills, nutrition, the impact of fast foods on children’s behaviours, easy and quick meals, and basic cookery skills.

“The project will give participants the required knowledge andCFF You Can Cook 3 blog expertise to confidently deal with and overcome food related issues for themselves and their children. The Communities and Family Fund award helps us deliver this project absolutely free of cost to all attending the programme and we will also target vulnerable groups and families in the area by providing freshly prepared meals as an incentive.”

Click here for information on the other projects who have received funding today.

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