On Thursday 8th January, Junior Chefs’ Academy visited St Giles' Primary School in Wrexham to deliver the first in a series of free food skills workshops focusing on the links between diet, lifestyle and health. The sessions were supported by Wrexham County Borough Council and funded by the building repair and maintenance contractor, Sustainable Building Services (UK) Ltd.
The sponsorship enabled Junior Chefs' Academy to deliver four sessions at St Giles' and it will fund four more at Victoria Primary School on Thursday 22nd. It will also support the delivery of six further workshops at community centres across the region during the February half term holidays. During the sessions, children get the chance to prepare their own healthy, tasty dishes and to take home a recipe pack to share with family and friends.
"We're extremely grateful to Wrexham Council and to Sustainable Building Services," said Junior Chefs' Academy head chef Paul Cooper. "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."
Based in Wirral, Junior Chefs’ Academy is the country’s leading provider of practical food education workshops for primary school children and community groups. Sustainable Building Services is a long-established supporter of its work and, as company chair Derek Horrocks explains, the decision to sponsor the workshops was an easy one.
He said: "We've recently been working with Wrexham Council on a re-roofing and repairs framework and, during our discussions, we began to talk about other ways in which we could help local communities. I mentioned how well Junior Chefs' sessions had worked in other areas, and the idea grew from there. Wrexham Council's Housing Services team was extremely supportive and I'm delighted that we've been able to work together to make these 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 to prepare it, where it comes from and how it can help to keep them fit and healthy."
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.”