Cookery skills: case studies

Cooking skills are a popular food and health activity with all age groups. Good things abound from cooking skills activities. Learning to create an attractive tasty meal, using a range of techniques, is great for building confidence. Cooking sessions are also an opportunity to support people trying to manage on a tight budget, and learn about food hygiene, using equipment safely and reducing food waste. And there’s the social side, learning to cook and eating together with others can be just as important to some groups as skill development.

West Lothian Council

Delivering cooking groups for other agencies The Get Cooking programme, run by West Lothian Council Health Improvement Team, is a long established programme that offers cooking groups to a wide range of participants. Most often the courses are run for …

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Elgin Youth Cafe

Recruiting people experiencing food insecurity to attend cooking courses Elgin Youth Café is a third sector organisation that aims to create a safe haven, social space and development opportunities for young people. Projects include a youth café, after …

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Action for Children – sourcing low cost, healthy food locally

Background The Action for Children Family Centre based in Kelloholm, Dumfries and Galloway, provides a range of facilities and activities for families with young children in the area to support the wellbeing of the families they work with. Amanda Dunsm …

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Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE)

Linking in with other organisations CFINE is a social enterprise and charity operating from a hub in Aberdeen. It undertakes a range of food and health activities including running a food bank, selling low-cost produce in local communities, operating F …

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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Identifying and reaching people who may be experiencing food insecurity John Casey works as a Health Improvement Practitioner for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and has a remit for the south of the city. His role includes managing a range of ‘Get Cookin …

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Edinburgh Community Food

Adapting recipes to suit the group Edinburgh Community Food is a third sector organisation undertaking a range of food and health work. As well as running and supplying food co-ops across the city, it does a range of development and promotion work,  in …

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Edinburgh Cyrenians Good Food Programme goes to Queen Margaret University

Background Recently I (Sue O’Neil-Berest, Good Food tutor, Edinburgh Cyrenians) went to Queen Margaret University to run a session on public health issues with the first year nursing students. In the morning they had lectures about public health legisl …

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Confidence to Cook

Girl carrying tray of washing up with older people in background

Confidence to Cook aims to promote healthy eating messages through practical hands-on cookery sessions, particularly in low-income communities with vulnerable groups. Sessions are run across Grampian in a range of venues.

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Let’s Make it Better – Sunlite Café

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Sunlite Café in Stirling gives people with mental health challenges the opportunity to gain self-confidence and skills in a friendly, supportive environment. Members are involved in running the café and offered food and hygiene training, including REHIS Elementary Cooking Skills.

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