June saw the end of term for our Food & Fitness sessions: we had really successful blocks of Adult Cooking, Cooking Up a Story, Women’s Aerobics and Chair Exercises, and we’ll be back with more of all of them in September.
We had a chance to look back and celebrate the amazing year we’ve had at our AGM on Tuesday 23rd June. After taster cookery and aerobics sessions, everyone gathered together to hear about all our achievements from the last year, of which there were many! We then had a lovely buffet lunch, which had been made in the taster cookery session – thanks to them we enjoyed delicious sweet potato and coconut soup, cheese straws, fruity flapjacks, and fresh strawberries with lime and mint. Yum!
May has been a busy month for us at BHSG! We started a new term of Adult Cooking – these popular sessions are open to anyone from the local area and aim to boost confidence in the kitchen as well as offer advice on healthy eating and budgeting. We have already cooked up delicious soup, chilli and curry, and baked some tasty scones and flapjacks too yum!
Kirsty and Caroline are now taking their ‘Cooking up a Story’ to Broomhouse Primary School, after great success in the local nurseries. The kids and their parents/carers have loads of fun doing songs, rhymes, and stories before working together on a cooking activity. Our Aerobics sessions have started up again too – a fun and friendly group for local women. And for those who prefer to take it a little easier, there are our Chair Exercise sessions – seated exercises with music and a lot of laughter! Our Friday Walking Group is getting busier every week, and the Thursday Buggy Walk is proving very popular with local mums.
Over the Easter break we ran another couple of holiday sessions “Cooking with Kids”, always really popular as it give parents’ confidence to cook from scratch with their kids – and they all enjoyed the tasty results together!
Our Time Bank’s ‘Spring Fling’ held at The Broomhouse Centre was a fabulous social event with 15 local people enjoying a skill share of fun and relaxation. Time Bank members and friends offered relaxation therapies with head, hand and shoulder massage, flower craft, braiding, nail painting and a history chat offered a fascinating insight into the Suffragette movement.
This month saw the first meeting of the new Scottish Food Commission, which aims to develop the national policy for food and drink, ultimately helping Scotland become a Good Food Nation, and improve the country’s attitude to eating fresh and healthy produce. We were delighted to be asked to be the focus for a film to show what can be achieved at a community level. Following some very quick and efficient filming and editing by the Scottish Government – we now have another great film about us, and it went down very well at the meeting, and will be used at other Scottish Government events.
Our shop continues to be a bustling friendly place, and Donna, one of our volunteers, who is with us on her College placement, did a customer survey over a few consecutive Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s this month. The result has been a survey of over 60 customers, who are helping us to determine that what we do is what the local community wants and needs.
Wow, a month and a half – we started off with the Scottish Government coming along for a press announcement about the People & Communities Fund, a pot of money that we are currently funded by. They were announcing more money being allocated to the Fund, and they did it with Communities Minister Alex Neil, at one of our cooking sessions!
The film can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKWFPIewR6k
The cooking and exercise sessions have resumed after the summer break, and have been proving very popular and much enjoyed by everyone. The recipes cooked are simple, healthy and wholesome, for example one sessions recipes were tuna and sweetcorn fishcakes, salad and poached pears – last week was mushroom pilaf rice and chocolate and beetroot cake! We’ve also been getting the participants to feedback on the Scottish Government’s Good Food Nation consultation document – giving their views on what would make a difference to them.
Local residents in Broomhouse had a fun filled, activity packed sunny afternoon at our second Summer Street Party, in partnership with a number of local organisations to raise awareness about health and wellbeing services.
Colourful creations were fashioned at the various art and craft stalls and tasty, yet healthy treats were created at the fruit face and smoothie making stations. Fruit was kindly donated by Total Produce.