A giant, hi-tech articulated lorry which transforms into a spectacular purpose-built kitchen and classroom is set to park up at Possilpark Health & Care Centre this month.
Qualified food teachers will join forces with local health and community workers to provide training in cooking skills to local residents between 10-13 August.
Stationed in Glasgow Green during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Cooking Bus has been attracted to Possilpark by health centre staff and the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC) Health Improvement Team working in conjunction with local community and partner organisations.
The Cooking Bus, funded by the Scottish Government as part of its Healthier Scotland programme, is run by Focus on Food, one of the leading organisations supporting the teaching of cooking in communities and schools across the UK. Buses tour the UK delivering lessons to adults and children on preparing, cooking and enjoying real food.
Sessions are led by advisory teacher Sarah McCoshim, whose tailored programme of cooking activities is tailored towards supporting the work of the community group attending.
Health professionals, community workers and volunteers can also access training to assist them in continuing to support people to cook after the bus has departed.
Anna Grady, Health Improvement Practitioner, NHSGGC, said: “The Cooking Bus can bring cooking to life in a healthy, fun and interactive way.
“The bus is part of the Scottish Government’s efforts to improve the health of children and families across Scotland. Individuals and community groups are welcomed on board with the core of all sessions concentrating on hands-on cooking, nutrition, food safety and hygiene.
“People taking part are getting the opportunity to learn about the food they eat and have a go at cooking simple, nutritious meals. Importantly, the skills and knowledge individuals’ gain from their time on the bus will help them make healthier choices longer term.”
Sarah McCoshim, advisory teacher on the Cooking Bus, said: “The Cooking Bus provides people with a unique opportunity to take part in a ‘hands on’ practical cooking session or activity.
“The sessions are designed to inspire people to learn about the social importance of food and appreciate the dietary value and economic sense of home cooking. Participants agree the recipes are practical as well as economical and they leave the bus feeling empowered to try the recipes at home.”
“This project generates real enthusiasm about food and healthy eating in communities. We are totally committed to engaging people in understanding the link between food and health and preparing them to make informed choices about what they eat.”
The cooking bus is timetabled for group sessions between Monday 10 – Thursday 13 August. Individuals are welcome to attend on Wednesday 12th August at 2pm.