15th August 2014

Calman has recently received funding from the Scottish Government through the Emergency Food Fund to develop a new website that focuses on young people’s experiences of cooking good food on a budget. Many of us take knowledge about cooking and nutrition for granted, but our experience is that it is often the case that many young people lack the basic skills and knowledge needed to be confident preparing healthy and affordable food. This website will look to build on our existing Cookwell and H-eatwell services by making our cooking knowledge accessible to a wider audience in the Highlands and beyond. It will also allow us to reach those in rural areas who do not yet have access to one of our H-eatwell groups.

Our website will aim to be more than just a collection of recipes. We are looking to create an engaging platform for young people to discuss their experiences, get information on nutrition, health and other practical matters. This website will also be connected to Calman’s other online resources so that young people will be able to easily access information on housing, training and employment if they wish.

We are also looking to develop a 2015 calendar with hints and tips for cooking good food on a budget.

Calman believes that these resources will be of particular help to individuals and families who currently rely on food banks for emergency assistance.

For more information on this development, contact

H-eatwell rolls out across the Highlands


6th August 2014

Calman has been running cooking groups in Inverness under our ‘Cookwell’ project for a number of months now with great success. Young people come along to our bi-weekly groups run by Gillian, one of our Good Food Champions, and learn how to cook healthy and nutritious food on a budget, get a stock of reliable recipes to take home and enjoy eating the fruits of their labour in a friendly atmosphere.

Now Calman has received over £200,000 of lottery funding, working alongside Changeworks, to take our cooking groups across the Highlands to Dingwall, Invergordon, Golspie, Aviemore, Fort William and Portree. This new service will be called ‘H-eatwell’ as, in addition to Calman’s cooking groups, Changeworks will be offering advice to young people on making the most from their fuel bills in order to combat fuel poverty as energy costs continue to rise.

Our Good Food Champions will be recruiting volunteers across the Highlands to help with these cooking classes and our hope is that, once they have gained some hands-on experience, our volunteers will be able to continue providing the classes for their local community with less support once Calman’s initial six-week run of classes ends. This will allow our Good Food Champions to take their cooking classes to other Highland communities and recruit more volunteers – thus enabling Calman to maximise the usefulness of our funding by providing a service that is sustainable and has the potential to expand.

Calman is also developing online resources to complement our cooking groups so that young people have the information they need about nutrition, budgeting and healthy eating at their fingertips.

If you are interesting in learning more about our H-eatwell project, would like to volunteer or know a young person who might be interested in coming along then please get in touch or see here for more information:

Fiona: 07730 141512

Maggie (Volunteer Coordinator): 07540 703329

Spotlight on Ness Handmade Toiletries


5th August 2014

Calman’s rebranding of NESS Soap into Ness Handmade Toiletries has been covered by BBC Scotland with an interview with Stewart Nicol, chief executive of the Inverness Chamber of Commerce.

We appreciate the support of the local media in raising the profile of the Calman Trust and the quality products of our social enterprises – read the BBC coverage here.


Calman wins Social Enterprise Award

Social Enterprise Awards ceremony at the Scottish Parliament

1st August 2014

The work of Calman has been nationally recognised by being awarded the 2013 Social Enterprise Award for Scotland’s best Education & Training Social Enterprise. In particular, the judges praised our “far reaching social impact” and commended Calman’s “sustainable and flexible business model”. Social Enterprise Awards

Winning such a prestigious award is especially gratifying for Calman as it vindicates the ambitious growth of the Trust in recent years and underlines the value of the work that we do in the Highland area. We also believe that it is important for our supporters to see that Calman’s work is being recognised – there are many organisations competing for  support and at Calman we place a great deal of importance in providing evidence that we use our resources in the most effective and efficient way possible.

You can find out more about the award’s sponsor, Social Enterprises Scotland, by visiting their website. For information on the valuable work of the winners in other categories see here.