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