Healthy eating is on the menu in Drumchapel thanks to a project from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).
GCU is using its share of profits from the centenary edition of the Glasgow Cookery Book to fund workshops for parents of children at Cloan Nursery. The Drumchapel mums and dads will get expert advice and training in nutrition, food hygiene, budgeting and creating healthy lunch boxes.
They will also be given cookery classes – dishing up healthy, home-made meals like spaghetti bolognaise and vegetable soups, as well as tasty treats like fruit smoothies. At the end of the course the children will be invited along to enjoy the final class with their parents.
Anne O’Grady, the headteacher of Cloan Nursery, said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University. This latest project will enhance the health and well-being of our families and be great fun.”
The Caledonian Club works with children and families from nursery through to the end of secondary school. Operating in communities where applications to university and college are lower than average, it aims to build key life skills and help people make informed choices about their futures.
GCU staff and students from the human nutrition and dietetics course will run the Cook and Eat project. It was designed after the club received £4,000 to provide a hands-on healthy eating programme.
Rachel Hyslop, a development officer at GCU, said: “By offering the Cook and Eat project to parents, we can reinforce the importance of cooking for health and wellbeing and engage parents in the Caledonian Club.”
Thanks to impressive sales of the book, as well as donations from GCU alumni and friends, nearly £10,000 was raised to support community-related programmes. A number of students at GCU are former Caledonian Club members, while others have gone on to college or other universities.