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6 February 2012

NHSG/07/12

Garioch Community Kitchen - official opening 8 February

Inverurie Health Improvement Group has developed a community training kitchen facility in the Wyness Hall, Inverurie. The project has been supported by the Fairer Scotland Fund, Garioch Community Planning Group, NHS Grampian, Aberdeenshire Childcare Partnership and Aberdeenshire Council and aims to bring confidence back into practical cookery skills within local communities.

'Confidence to Cook' promotes and raises awareness of healthy eating messages through practical hands on cookery sessions.

Courses will run from the new, fully fitted and equipped community training kitchen.   Support workers are provided with training to allow them to run their own cooking groups in their own setting or in the training kitchen.  The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) accredited food hygiene and nutrition courses are also available to those seeking to increase their knowledge, skills and employability prospects.

Chairman of Garioch Area Committee Cllr Martin Kitts-Hayes said: "This community kitchen facility will provide a welcome addition to Inverurie and help promote healthy lifestyles as well as teach people valuable cooking skills that they can take home or even into employment.  It's fantastic to see the project take shape after months of hard work by partners to bring it together and I commend everyone involved.  It's sure to be a recipe for success."

The training kitchen welcomes all ages and groups of people, from all over Grampian, whatever their skill level may be and is also available for hire by individuals wishing to run their own courses.

Fiona Matthew, Catering Advisor NHS Grampian, said: "We already have a huge interest in the facility varying from young mums to groups with learning disabilities,  teenagers, adults and schools looking for independent living sessions."

For further details on 'The Garioch Community Kitchen' please contact:

Fiona Matthew, Catering Advisor for NHS Grampian, on 01224 558414 or fiona.matthew@nhs.net

Notes to Editors:

The Garioch Community Kitchen has been developed following a local consultation on the need for community based cookery skills carried out last year.  It is taking forward priorities highlighted in the Scottish Government 'Preventing Overweight and Obesity in Scotland: a Route Map Towards Healthy Weight (2010)' namely the need to increase confidence and skills around cooking, particularly for vulnerable groups to improve health and well being and reduce health inequalities.

  • Course Facilitators can be provided
  • All groups must be supported by a minimum of one leader
  • Maximum number on course 10 people