I had an enjoyable morning at the Skelmersdale Community Food Initiative (SCFI) with other Edge Hill students, who like myself, are interested in undertaking voluntary work to support our degree studies, learn new skills, and share knowledge with the wider community in Skelmersdale and West Lancashire.
Dee Mitten from SCFI was on hand to outline the range of volunteering opportunities on offer and help us identify what contribution we could make to support the initiative, and meet the needs of the community.
SCFI deliver a range of programmes and sessions within Skelmersdale and West Lancashire, highlighting the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle. They work with individuals, families and groups of all ages, who want to make positive changes. We found out from Dee that they use a hands on approach to reinforce key messages including:
- Making small changes can impact short and long term health and well being.
- Cooking on a budget doesn’t have to mean missing out on good quality, delicious, wholesome meals.
The community kitchen facilities are great, and sessions on understanding labels, how to cook from scratch and mindfulness provide something for everyone.
Everyone today talked passionately about their background and interests, and for me it was lovely to meet up with other people with a passion for nutrition and health. I’m looking forward to working with Siobhan Long and Debbie Griffiths who are fellow Edge Hill students and want to say a big ‘thank you’ to Dee, and all those we met at SCFI for making us feel so welcome.
For more information on SCFI see the following link:http://www.scfi.org.uk/