Cooking with confidence

A NEW community training kitchen facility has been officially opened in Inverurie.

Inverurie Health Improvement Group has developed the project in the Wyness Hall.

It 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.

Councillor Martin Kitts-Hayes, Garioch Area Committee chairman, 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 contact Fiona Matthew on 01224 558414 or fiona.matthew@nhs.net