Last week we were invited along to Broomhouse Health Strategy group, one of the groups we fund through the Vegware Community Fund, to see what they have been up to. The group do amazing work trying to improve the health of the community. They help the people of Broomhouse achieve a healthy lifestyle through their fruit and vegetable coop, cookery classes, exercise groups as well as a number of other activities.
We were lucky enough to be invited to join in on one of their drop-in cookery classes. The class was led by Pat, an ex-chef with a passion for teaching people how to cook simple, healthy and tasty food on a budget.
The class was well attended by community members of all ages, all with enthusiasm by the bucket load. The menu had a distinct Scottish theme, being Burns night, with shortbread being first on the list.
The cookery class had a friendly laid back feel, rather than that of a classroom, which can be intimidating for many. The goal of the classes is to teach the people of Muirhouse how simple and cheap it can be to make healthy home-cooked food. By enabling people to make healthy decisions you can genuinely effect the choices they make.
It was clear to see it wasn’t all about healthy food. It provides a chance for social interaction for members of the community who feel isolated, giving them the chance to learn new skills and feel empowered.
It feels great to be involved with a project which is making a real difference in their community. And the shortbread was delicious!
Click here to find out about the other groups we support through the Vegware Community Fund.