The total amount
raised at the 2012 Choosing Dinner for the Bakers'
Awards Programme was £1481.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
SEAL will be applying for a further grant for 2014.