On Monday 29th July, Junior Chefs’ Academy launched the first in a three-week series of free healthy eating workshops for children in Merseyside, thanks to a new sponsorship agreement with Sustainable Group (UK) Ltd and One Vision Housing.
The two organisations jointly funded the food education sessions, which enable children aged from 4 to 14 to develop valuable food skills and to understand the links between health, fitness and nutrition.
Based in Wirral, Junior Chefs’ Academy is the country’s leading provider of practical food education workshops for community groups and primary school children. Dedicated to promoting awareness about the importance of eating well, it welcomes any opportunity to spread the healthy eating message, as head chef Paul Cooper explains:
“We try to reach children at an early age in order to give them a real enthusiasm for choosing and preparing properly nutritious foods,” says Paul. “If we can do that, then we can help them to live much healthier lives and to gain skills that will be really valuable to them in terms of both their daily lives and possibly their future careers.
“We’ve got a real passion for getting this message across and that’s why we’re so grateful and so delighted that two of the region’s major employers have decided to work together to make these workshops free for local kids. It’s a generous and forward-looking decision that I hope will have lasting benefits for the whole community.”
Sustainable Group (UK) is a long standing supporter of Junior Chefs’ Academy and was therefore very pleased to agree to the joint sponsorship deal.
“Sustainable Building Services has been working with One Vision Housing for many years,” said managing director Gary Lawson, “and, like them, we are keenly committed to improving the quality of life in the communities where we work. Consequently, we’re very happy and very proud to be supporting Paul and his team once again. The Junior Chefs’ Academy gives children a real enthusiasm for healthy food and, in a very engaging and accessible way, it helps them to understand how to prepare it, where it comes from and how it can help to keep them fit and well.”
Speaking on behalf of One Vision Housing, Louise Williams, Community Development Manager said: “The health and wellbeing of our residents is very important to us and we are always looking for new and innovative ways to work with them to enhance their knowledge and offer them opportunities to learn new skills. This project is a great way of educating our residents in how to prepare healthy nutritious food whilst bringing families together and having fun!”
At the beginning of the Autumn school term, One Vision Housing and Sustainable Group will also be sponsoring five days of free food education workshops for primary schools in the Sefton area.
More information about the Junior Chefs’ Academy workshops can be found by visiting the company’s website www.juniorchefsacademy.co.uk.