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Community Fund – Broomhouse – July Update

dsc03312I am pleased to send an update of our activities for July 2016

July in the shop-

The first two weeks in July were a bit quieter with a lot of staff and volunteers on holiday, but we have had other summer activities ongoing, the remainder of July in the shop has been business as usual.

dsc03213Summer Programme July/August-

The activities are in full swing across the neighbourhood with BHSG offering activities at  ‘Book Bug Drop in’, along with  Buggy Gym, Cooking with Kids and Over 55’s visits to The Portrait Gallery and the beach and harbour at Aberdour. Coming soon on 11th August 2016 – The Broomhouse Street Party. We are now getting ready for our annual August ‘Broomhouse Street Party’with lots of fun activities and stalls.

Community Fund – Broomhouse – June Update

DSC02691Volunteering with BHSG

On the 22nd June after shop hours, a representative and trainer from the National Grocer’s Association visited the shop. She offered the volunteers a training session with guidance and tips on grocer shop practice and display with fresh goods.

The volunteers were given a presentation then some practical training in the shop. Everyone enjoyed the visit and said the tips were very interesting and helpful.

Our volunteers will all take a well-earned break for a couple of weeks while the shop is shut for Edinburgh Trades holidays. The staff will take a few days too!

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Community Fund – Broomhouse – May Update

BHSG Volunteer Activities and Updates We have had a very busy time in the shop with the introduction of the new till this month. The volunteers have got the hang of it very quickly.

Our ongoing ‘Tasty Bite Thursday continued with lots of very tasty items in our Fareshare boxes from Tesco that have enabled  us make up meal bags including  Brocolli Pasta, Root Vegetable Mash, Various Smoothies, Avocado dip, Mushroom Paella, Carrots and Turnip Slaw.

Investing in Volunteers confirmed that we have received the Award for a second time. A plaque and certificate should be on its way to us soon

Crudites and dips May 16

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Community Fund – Broomhouse – April Update

_DSC7228Update for BHSG April 2016 Activities.

BHSG Volunteer Activities and Updates We had a very enjoyable BHSG ‘Away Day’ at Napier University, Napier kindly hosted our group of 20 people including volunteers, staff, exercise and cooking tutors and  board members . We had our meeting in the historic Merchiston tower, with plenty room for us all sitting at the wonderful big table.  We had a great chance to discuss our Business Plan in lots of detail. We finished our busy morning with a sandwich and salad lunch.

We have 2 new volunteers getting started with us in April, with one in the  shop and one finance volunteer.

Our ongoing ‘Tasty Bite Thursday continued with salad bag days and a couscous day. Many people tasted couscous for the first time and liked it and how easy it was to prepare.

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Community Fund – Broomhouse – March Update

Pic 4BHSG Volunteer Activities and Updates

We have new volunteers getting started with us and we have had an English Language Student from Edinburgh College on a 3 week placement with us. Along with our ongoing placement with our ‘HNC Communities’ Student.

Our Volunteer Support Worker Jocelyn has had a very positive interview day with ‘Investing in Volunteers’ and a report has been submitted for the spring Judging Panel.

Our Website Volunteer Anthony had an overhaul of the website and it is looking fantastic.

Our ongoing ‘Tasty Bite Thursday’ is proving popular with our shop volunteers and our customers. This is also supported by our shop volunteer Sue Herbert who goes to collect the Fareshare food from Tesco in the evening.  

We had a visit from the Buggy Gym mums after their outdoors exercise at ‘The Grove’ the playpark near the shop. They came along with our other customers to try smoothies and were offered a free salad or pasta bag from ‘Fareshare’ to take home and enjoy.

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Community Fund – Broomhouse – February Update

BHSG Volunteer Activities

Our volunteers in the shop have introduced ‘Tasty Bite Thursday’ to share with our customers and passers-by to come in and try some new recipes, enjoy a bit of a chat around food and shop produce. We are working in partnership with Tesco  through Fare share and where appropriate we will use some of their produce which may be near its ‘use by’ or ‘best before date’ for  the taster, we will then provide ‘meal bag’ for customers to take home, this may also be from Fare share produce so will be free of charge. So far we’ve tried two types of smoothies and ‘bubble and squeak’ Delicious!

We are also pleased to welcome a number of new volunteers in February. 

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Community Fund – Broomhouse – January Update

 BHSG Volunteer Activities

We are all pleased to be back to see our customers back in the shop after our nice winter break. The chilly weather are making our ‘soup bags’ very popular. We sent out our Winter  Newsletter and  we’ve had lots of enquiries about activities and volunteering, with people trying new things in the new year.

Some of our other activities in the community –

The new term of Adult cooking groups and exercise groups has started, alongside ‘Cooking up a story’ in local schools and the library.  We have a very large group of older adults ( up to 19!) enthusiastically enjoying the chair exercise. We have new mums are attending our Buggy Gym sessions. 

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Community Fund – Broomhouse – December Update

St Josephs cookingBHSG Volunteer Activities

In early December our shop volunteers had a visit to the North Glasgow Community Food Initiative at their Milton Food Hub. The project provides fruit and veg sales and our group had a visit to their community garden which also offers great volunteering and learning opportunities. A great day was had by all. We also had a fun Christmas Party with refreshing fruit drinks and fruit and veg treats and paper craft and a quiz. 

For the rest of December the BHSG volunteers were busy in the shop preparing lots of festive fruit and veg orders, including our popular fruit plates.

Our Fruit and Veg shop closed for a few days to allow all the volunteers and staff to have a well-earned break over Christmas and New Year.

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Community Fund – Broomhouse – November Update

As ever we have had a busy month with our regular Adult and family cooking and Chair,  Adult and Buggy walking and aerobics groups being well attended. We are also pleased we have had some new groups and a addition to our exercise services as well. Also busy with customers coming in to the shop for warming soup bags. We also have had visits to two school winter fairs with our produce too.

During November we had three Adult Cooking Sessions over three weeks with visitors from Deaf Action. We made a lovely selection of dishes including vegetarian lasagne, chilli and curry and nice side dishes of salsa and guacamole. On the 5th November we made tasty toffee and apple muffins. We are all looking forward to working together more in the new year.  Everyone felt they’d learned new skills and shopping and budgeting tips and felt inspired to cook from scratch at home.

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Community Fund – Broomhouse – September & October Update

During September we were delighted to welcome Jocelyn Lockart to our team as our new Volunteer Support Worker. It was a busy month with Jocelyn settling in and getting to know all our volunteers. 

We were also very pleased to launch our Broomhouse and Sighthill Walking Map, promoting our six favourite local walks of around an hour to places of interest as tested by our Adult and Buggy walk participants. We also arranged for a copy to be posted to through every household our area. ( Our map featured in the local Edinburgh Evening News and Wester Hailes Digital Sentinel and ‘Paths for All’ newsletter as well as our Facebook page.)

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