Regional Workshop on CFI’s
Healthy Food for All (HFfA) ran its fourth workshop on Community Food Initiatives at the Mountmellick Development Association in Co. Laois on 10th May. Audrey O’Reilly of Mountmellick Youth Development Centre presented on the different clubs that they run for young people in Mountmellick and the important role that food plays in their work. An interesting element of their work is their monthly tasters – each month a different food group is chosen and children learn more about growing and cooking the food and get to taste the food in different dishes.
There were presentations in the afternoon from CFIs throughout the Midlands. Healthy Food Made Easy presented on their work with local community groups. Healthy Food Made Easy is a peer led nutrition education programme which helps people to improve their cooking skills, explore healthy eating and how to cook healthy meals on a budget. Nenagh Community Allotments presented on their wonderful work to develop community allotments and a community garden for local residents and community groups in Nenagh. Both have been positively accepted within the community and there has been much interest in community gardening as a result.
Breakout sessions were facilitated on the following topics: Setting Up your Community Food Initiative; Accessing Resources for your Community Food Initiative and Engaging With Your Local Community. We also held a Networking Market Place where participants shared and gathered learning on various types of CFIs. Feedback has been very positive and many participants commented that they gained new ideas for their own projects and made important links with other projects. We look forward to our next event in Galway on 20th June.