Last November SEAL were fortunate
to receive a Bakers Award for £984. This was to be used towards
running our Fruit Barra which supports young people and frail
elderly to eat healthily in our community.
Over the past six months the 24
week pilot has gone very well with 15 young people regularly taking
part and this has now been completed. The community have
welcomed the service with around 45/50 people coming each week. The
fruit barras widened knowledge of fresh produce and the young
people also looked at budgeting, hygiene, balanced meals and
provided simple recipes to try out new ideas, which boosted
confidence and helped them while serving the public.
The young people were supporting and contributing to the fruit
barras each week and it gave them increased responsibility and
raised skills and knowledge. Our frail elderly in the area
benefitted greatly by having a weekly delivery of fresh produce
directly to their doors and easy access for those resident in the
surrounding area. From experience working in this area over
many years we have increasingly been told that people are finding
it more difficult financially. The present economic climate often
leads them to purchase unhealthy convenience foods, which are cheap
but often high in sugars, saturated fats and salt. To encourage use
of fruit and vegetables the young people used blenders to make
smoothies an also made up fruit cups, for local people to sample
and perhaps try new ways to consume some of the five a day
The fruit barras encourage
behavioural change in relation to improving health and
wellbeing. They break down barriers to accessing fresh
produce and offer opportunities for meeting weekly, creating a
community hub, with people of different age groups and ethnic
backgrounds interacting and sharing skills and experiences.
Literature on other health topics promoting a healthy lifestyle
i.e. smoking cessation, drug/alcohol awareness, benefits of taking
more exercise etc. is available to pick up.
Outcomes from evaluation:
- 88 people understanding of the importance of good
- 80 people cooking fresh produce from scratch.
- 92 people reporting improvement in their diet
- 15 volunteers strengthening skills and confidence in handling
- 32 Increased awareness of other health issues affecting the
The project would like to
thank the Incorporation of Bakers for their generous award.