The total amount raised at the 2012 Choosing Dinner for the Bakers' Awards Programme was £1481.



Alliance Empowerment Network operates the Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Project, which aims to reduce health inequalities by encouraging a healthier within the South Asian communities in Glasgow.   The Award will fund monthly sessions addressing food preparation, developing recipes and healthy baking for 10 months, demonstrated by a facilitator with active participation by those attending.

Balornock East Residents Association runs a low cost community cafe to provide a meeting place for local and vulnerable people.  Here the Association holds a range of classes and activities, provides free condoms and gives sexual advice to young people and hosts surgeries such as 'stop smoking' and alcohol awareness.  The Award of £970 was made to fund equipment and food items to continue the Association's healthy cooking demonstrations, delivered by a dedicated member of staff.

Late Deacon Sir Michael Bond and Collector Rosemary Harley visited the association on Monday 22nd July.  The Association primarily gives advice and information to, and acts on behalf of,  local people in one of the most deprived districts of Glasgow.  It endeavours to empower individuals by organising surgeries and meetings.  The organisation also runs a low cost community café and organises classes to teach residents about good eating habits, simple cooking and baking.  The visitors met Miss Ami Donnell, the Association's Co-ordinator, Mrs Mary Jane McIntosh, the Healthy Eating Tutor and two volunteer workers, Jeanette McMillan and Linda McConnell. 

The association serves local people of all ages and, at the time of the visit, 15 children aged 5-9 years were attending the Association's summer school. Other groups of young people who attend are those between 9 and 12 years and those between 12 and 18 years.  The older children are  primarily involved in learning about budgeting for meals, food selection, cooking and baking. Teaching for the younger groups focuses upon healthy eating, food hygiene and the growing of vegetables in a very small garden plot. 

Advice was given regarding expansion of the gardening activities with the introduction of compost making from vegetable waste and an expansion of the growing area to include potatoes. The suggestion was made that healthy eating quizzes could be introduced and linked to a programme of talks about healthy eating. Collector Harley suggested that a dietition could give helpful advice to children and their parents together with others and would endeavour to arrange a visit. It was hoped that the dietician would be able to provide healthy eating pamphlets and other  such  material, arrange cookery demonstrations and give advice on prevention of obesity and diabetes.  

Late Collector Rose Mary Harley and NHS Community Dietician Sunita Wallia BSc, MSc, Dip Dietetics visited again on 21st October 2013.  This was at the request of the Group, after the annual audit of the Bakers' Awards Project, carried out in July.  Although their resident volunteer nutritionist, Mary Jane McIntosh advises the local people on healthy eating, and conducts bakery and food demonstrations, she was very eager to have the expertise of Sunita, who also specialises in diabetes.  As a former microbiologist and the lead research dietician for a 5-year NPRI (National Research Prevention Initiative) funded study on prevention of diabetes with University of Edinburgh, she is well experienced to discuss healthy eating and its importance in preventing diabetes.  She also brought the assembled group up to date with the latest research looking into possible reversal of diabetes, carried out in a pilot study at Newcastle University, emphasising that this was monitored under strict supervision and support.

Many that attended shared their weight problems; several had diabetes or a familial link to diabetes, and they found it particularly helpful to listen to Sunita explain how the risk of diabetes increases, what happens in diabetes as a consequence of high blood sugar levels , and what measures we could take to help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.  She distinguished between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, explaining that the latter is usually as a consequence of an unhealthy lifestyle and diet.

She held an interactive group discussion on portion size using the 5 food groups (bread &cereals;  fruit and vegetables; milk & dairy;  meat, fish, eggs &pulses; food high in fat and/or sugar) , and everyone participated, keen to show their knowledge.  She has very generously  arranged another visit, in her own time,  for a demonstration on the  preparation of a balanced nutritious meal. The group will decide on a meal and Sunita will demonstrate how it can be nutritious, attractive and appetising. Finally, a third visit will be made, this time to discuss labelling on food and what it means, as the group particularly  wanted a session on this topic. 

So enthused were the residents on what they'd heard on weight and diabetes management through healthy eating , that they resolved to resurrect their weight-watching sessions.  Sunita encouraged them to get started as soon as possible. Mary Jane McIntosh fetched the scales, everyone took the plunge, stepped on the scales and resolved to lose weight.  Classes will start on 23rd October and will be held weekly and the results of the weigh-ins will be discussed at Sunita's next visit.  Further reports will be submitted after each visit,. 

The group expressed their gratitude that the Bakers had taken such a keen interest in their well-being over the last 3 years,  and for arranging  the visit by Sunita.

Deaf Connections delivers lifelong learning courses and opportunities, communications support services, health and home care and sport and leisure activities in Glasgow and the west of Scotland.  The award will assist to address healthy cooking and eating within the deaf community whose first language is British Sign Language by funding the purchase of food preparation and cooking equipment and ingredients.  The courses will be delivered in 3-hour sessions in the newly refurbished kitchen to two groups of 6 learners over six weeks.  

The Preshal Trust is a voluntary organisation which aims to make a difference to the lives of the people living within southwest Glasgow (Greater Govan) by providing holistic, locally based care and support to individuals and their families suffering from the effects of social exclusion. The Trust has a wide range of activities including literacy and numeracy classes, music classes, sewing classes, and a variety of youth activities. The centre also runs classes in cooking and baking.  An award was made to the Trust last autumn to promote food preparation, including baking, by adult users.   Recently it has moved into a new, purpose-built building on the site of previous accommodation in Govan. It has a range of activity and meeting rooms and a significant area of land attached which is to be developed into a vegetable garden by the staff and service users.

Deacon Robert Robertson and Late Deacon Michael Bond visited the Trust on 28th August, hosted by Mrs May Nicholson, the Founder.  

The new kitchen facilities are first class and will, in total, be used by 96 grant-supported participants over a period of 12 weeks.  All are expected to use their new skills at home to teach their children, where appropriate, about simple and healthy food preparation.  There is good evidence that a similar programme was very effective in achieving its aims when funded last year. The visitors were shown one example of food preparation, a Spaghetti Carbonara which was produced while they were present. It was clear that there is great enthusiasm to learn cooking and baking skills by both men and women, and in addition to those activities, they are learning also about the selection and pricing of fresh and healthy foodstuffs.

The SEAL Community Health Project supports socially isolated or excluded residents in south east Glasgow to take part in activities that will enhance their health and well-being.  Operating from the St. Francis Centre in Gorbals, South East Area Lifestyle (SEAL) (www.sealcommunityhealth.org.uk) runs many community health projects.  This year, having supported SEAL'sFruit Barrasprogramme in 2012, the Incorporation funded two cooking courses, each of eight one-hour lessons.  These were successfully delivered and inspired many young people to attempt home baking with families and friends.  The community benefitted during Gorbals Fair with baking for a coffee morning for some 550 people and the volunteers also contribute to the Youth Club.  

Three of the course participants now volunteer with SEAL and, on the day that Collector Rose Mary Harley and Jamie Dobson visited, were continuing the good work by training primary 7 children of Blackfriars School in simple baking.  Fruit scones were the subject of this first lesson of the Autumn, building on the six weekly lessons during the Summer term.  Eighteen children took part as a 1-hour lunchtime 'activity', where the fun of baking supported the emphasis on nutrition and food-hygiene. 

It was remarkable and heartening to note the ripple effect of the award: having funded the courses, some of the participants continue spreading the knowledge further into the community.  There are no secondary schools in SEAL's area but a welcome development would be to see these skills take root in teenagers. 

SEAL will be applying for a further grant for 2014.