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Sugar Smart Greenwich August Update

View the new update on Sugar Smart Greenwich. Work has continued over the summer and new organisations have joined the campaign with their pledges and ambition to take action on sugar.

It’s Sugar Smart September next month and we are really excited about tempting new organisations to take part in the campaign by cutting out, reducing or swapping sugary drinks and snacks being eaten or sold.

If you are joining in, be sure to register your pledges on the Good Food in Greenwich Good Food in Greenwich website..

 

 

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Good Food in Greenwich Network Meeting

We’re delighted to announce the next Good Food in Greenwich Network Meeting happening on the 18th September from 10 – 12 at IKEA in their beautiful roof top hall (ask any of their lovely staff for directions to the room).

We want to use this time to really find out what your vision for a Good Food Borough is and how we can achieve it together.  This will be the start of our Food Strategy so we need you there to get involved from the start; help shape our journey!

Last time we had over 45 people attend and some incredible connections and partnerships were made.

As always we’re throwing in a fantastic lunch so you can eat, chat and relax with other like-minded foodies.

We’d love to hear from you and see you there, so please do get in touch with mel@gcda.org.uk for more information!

Our meeting in June attended by over 45 people!
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New Training Dates from GCDA!

Do you run a small food business?

Or are you thinking of setting one up?

Or are you passionate about food and would like to learn more?

GCDA run a whole host of food-based training and classes that all start again this September, and they’re not to be missed.  So, whether you are a chef, business owner or someone who loves food and wants to learn more, there is something for you.

Introduction to Running a Food Business; Thursday 12th September, 10am – 1pm at GCDA in West Greenwich

A comprehensive, rapid introduction to food business. Covering the essential areas to consider if you are thinking of establishing a food business. We will cover market research, sustainability, financial forecasting, legal structures, menu planning & suppliers.  This course is delivered by Claire Pritchard, CEO of GCDA and Chair of London Food Board.

Book here

Food Waste Training; Tuesday 17th September, 9am – 11am at GCDA in West Greenwich

Small businesses can throw away £10K worth of food per year!  There are loads of reasons why businesses end up throwing food away from stock control to portion size, but staff training is absolutely key. This short training session will examine where you’re wasting food, how to minimise and prevent it. We will explore food production techniques and planning schedules that will ensure you waste less and earn more!

Book here

Launching a Food Business Training; 10 weeks starting Tuesday 24th September, 10 – 1.30 in Eltham

A 10-week guide to starting up in:

  • street food
  • products
  • cafes and restaurants

Led by industry experts, they’ll show you how to DEVELOP A PRODUCT, CREATE A BRAND, MAKE YOURSELF LEGAL and FIND A ROUTE TO MARKET.

Book here

 

 

 

Knife Skills; 3 weeks from Wed 25th September10am – 1pm

Our knife skills training will give you valuable tips and pointers on chopping techniques to make your job in the kitchen easier! Join us for this 3-week course to learn how to slice, dice and more. We’ll also look at how to sharpen a knife, and the different knives that you may (or may not!) need. Taught by a professional chef, you will have lots of opportunity to practice new skills. A delicious meal is made and eaten together at the end of the session.

Book here

Bread Making for Beginners; 2 weeks from Wednesday 13th November 10am – 1.30pm

A culinary class in bread making skills for beginners where you will learn the basics of breadmaking, the science behind bread, basic kneading, shaping and baking skills After this course learners will have the skills and knowledge to bake their own bread from scratch.

Cookery Classes; at various locations and times throughout the borough – see here for more information

These cookery classes focus on making delicious, easy and quick recipes that are also healthy and affordable.  Making small changes to the way we eat can have a huge impact on our health, such as measuring our salt, or learning to read labels. These classes will show you how in an informal and sociable setting – a great place to meet new people and have some fun.  Participants also receive a free cook book on completion.

To book call 0800 4704831

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The Superzones project would like your opinion

Having healthy spaces and neighbourhoods are vital to giving children the best start in life and reducing health inequalities. We know that being exposed to an unhealthy environment as a child can have a lasting impact on mental health, obesity, educational achievement and long-term conditions.

Greenwich is one of 13 London boroughs taking ground-breaking action to improve the environment in which our children and young people grow up, through a new project called ‘Superzones’. This is a zone around a school – around a 5-10 minute walk,– where the aim is to create healthier and safer places for London’s children and young people to live, learn and play.

 

As part of the Superzones development around Hawksmoor Primary School in Thamesmead there is some engagement work taking part in the area, in the form of a short online survey.

If you currently live, work, or volunteer in Thamesmead please share your thoughts on what makes it harder for children and families to lead a healthy lifestyle and how the Superzones should develop.

If you can spare five minutes please complete this short survey and let us know your views: https://forms.gle/zwD4BBzhxSLxFC3N6