25th June 2013
Players support project teaching people about how to eat healthily on a budget
Based in Edinburgh, the Wester Hailes Health Agency works
with local people to address health issues such as obesity, heart disease and
diabetes. Support is also offered to those with mental health problems and
learning difficulties. The Agency has developed a model of working that is
based on community and personal development. Support services provided by the
Agency include counselling, relaxation groups, dietetic services, massage
therapy and reflexology.
Thanks to £4,994
funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery, the Agency has recently run
a series of cooking classes for local residents living on a low income. This 'Hot Pot' project is aimed at people
from all kinds of social backgrounds and helps them to learn new skills about how to eat healthily on a budget.
Experts from the Agency teach participants about the importance of certain food groups, how to combat malnutrition and the preparation of food in a safe and hygienic manner. The Agency has top-of-the-range kitchen facilities where participants learn exciting and varied recipes.
Participants on the course must also be ready to get their
hands dirty in the accompanying allotment as they learn how to grow their own
vegetables and prepare these for cooking. The emphasis is always on supporting
the local community and promoting sustainable living.
As well as gaining practical skills for life, those who
participate enjoy increased social interaction. Participants are encouraged to
mix with each other and eat their delicious dishes together at the end of every
class. This in turn helps to build their self-esteem and confidence
so they are more ready to tackle the stresses of everyday life.
This project has been funded by People's Postcode Trust, a
grant-giving organisation funded by players of People's Postcode Lottery. As
well as the fantastic 'Hot Pot' project, this Trust has given more than £5.8
Million to 992 projects across Britain.