Sustainable Building Services has teamed up with Wrexham County Borough Council to sponsor a series of free healthy eating workshops for local children.
The agreement is enabling the food education specialist Junior Chefs’ Academy to deliver over a dozen sessions at schools and community centres. The first took place on 8th January at St Giles' Primary School in Wrexham and the programme will continue until late February. The workshops teach practical food skills and illustrate the important links between diet, lifestyle and health.
Sustainable Building Services is currently involved in re-roofing and energy efficiency frameworks for Wrexham Council and the sponsorship agreement came about as a result of discussions about how, collectively, the two organisations could do more to support local communities. Sustainable Building Services has been a long-standing supporter of Junior Chefs’ Academy and Wrexham Council's Housing Services team readily agreed to its proposal to fund the local workshops.
Dedicated to promoting awareness about the importance of eating a balanced diet, Junior Chefs' Academy welcomes any opportunity to spread the healthy eating message, as head chef Paul Cooper explains:
"We're extremely grateful to Wrexham Council and to Sustainable Building Services," he said. "Their support is really valuable because it means we can get the healthy eating message out to children at an age when lifelong habits are being formed. By showing that good food can also be tasty, and that preparing nutritious dishes can be easy, interesting and fun, we start to encourage positive attitudes that can have a profound and lasting effect on young people's lives."
Sustainable Building Services has been working with Wrexham Council as part of the Vibrant and Viable Places scheme.
Councillor Neil Rogers, who is Lead Member for the project said: “This is a great opportunity for the children of Wrexham to learn more about healthy eating. Having a healthy diet is an important challenge facing society in the 21st Century, so it is brilliant to see initiatives like this happening in Wrexham.”
This was a sentiment echoed by Sustainable Group chair, Derek Horrocks, who said: "Wrexham's Housing Services team was extremely supportive of this scheme and I'm delighted that we've been able to work together to make the workshops happen. We're all keenly committed to improving living standards in the communities where we work and I know that Junior Chefs can make a big contribution to that. In a very engaging way, they give children a real enthusiasm for healthy food and help them to understand how it can help to keep them fit and healthy."