Ruth Boughton is our newest Food Coach. Get to know her below and find out why she chose to work for FoodWise.
What drew you to work for FoodWise?
I enjoy being with people and cooking and feel strongly about getting good quality food to families that are struggling. The way FoodWise courses are taught means that the sessions have a long-term impact and people are also able to stay in touch and get future support.
Tell us a bit about your background?
I started cooking at Crusader camps and then became a caterer at Saint Saviours in Guildford. I combine my work with FoodWise with my own gardening business and really enjoy seeing the journey of food from garden to plate.
What have you enjoyed most so far?
I love seeing the impact the courses have on people who come in with no experience or confidence. To see the thrill on people’s faces when they’ve cooked something and their family has said how much they have enjoyed it is wonderful. One client has commented ‘Why do we need takeaways when we can cook like this?’ That was a great result.
What is your favourite meal?
I love being creative with food and throwing a meal together from what’s in the fridge. As well as that I love a good cheeseboard with a glass of wine!
FoodWise was delighted to be able to help CAP clients from Woking and Guildford with their Christmas meal back in December. We delivered turkey crowns to people across the towns who would otherwise have struggled affording this expensive item for their Christmas lunch. It was wonderful to see the joy this gift brought to people in need, and the relief for the parents of families who may otherwise have gone without. Jane Seals of CAP commented ‘Our clients were blown away by your generosity”. FoodWise is particularly grateful to Prince and Sons butchers in Horsell for kindly donating the turkeys at cost price. This initiative was so successful we are already planning to go ahead with further turkey donations in Christmas 2018. If you can help in anyway, please get in touch!
FoodWise teamed up with Burpham Football Club to cook for older people in the local community this weekend.
Around thirty guests gathered at Burpham church on Sunday evening to enjoy a home cooked meal of cottage pie and apple and blackberry crumble, brought to them by Burpham FC players including Edward Murphy, Christopher Jackson and coach Scott Kemp.
Barbie, one of the guests, commented, ‘It was lovely to see the Burpham Football guys and we really appreciate the hours that have gone into preparing all the delicious food."
FoodWise is delighted to have Burpham Footballers working alongside them to highlight the charity’s work. Scott commented "It’s great to give something back and reach out in the local community. This kind of partnership working is a great way to build bridges. It doesn’t have to always be about money, it’s also about giving your time.”
Edward Murphy and Scott Kemp from Burpham Football Club with Gracie Luke and Ruth Boughton from FoodWise.
FoodWise has had a great time working with Broadmere Primary Academy this year. The school is located in Sheerwater where child poverty levels are as high as 34%.
In the summer term our Food Coach Gracie worked with Year 4 and 6 children teaching healthy eating and making delicious vegetable curry and ratatouille. The children took great pride in taking home their cooking for dinner. The children learnt about where food comes from, what’s good for us, and how simple it is to cook up a healthy meal with a few basic ingredients. We were delighted to have feedback from the kids including ‘Can we do this again?’ ‘ It was amazing.’ and a great tip from one of them ‘If you make something you’ve never tried, try it, it could be nice!’. The children even got bags of the ingredients to take home at the end of term so they could make the meal again over the holidays.
We followed this up with some family lunches in the summer holidays, hosted at St Michael’s Church, just opposite the school. These were open to all families in the community. Fun activities included making place mats and chopping fruit, before joining together for a healthy lunch. We received lovely comments about the welcoming, friendly atmosphere and it was great to work in partnership with St Michael’s and Christ Church Woking, to reach out to our local community.
Rebecca Whale, our new Partnership Manager introduces herself.
Hi, I’m Becky and I am delighted to have joined the FoodWise team. I’ve spent a lot of the last 20 years working in politics, local government and charities, so I’ve always been keen to do what I can to help others, and that’s what drew me to FoodWise.
As a mother of two young children, it troubles me that others of their
age are living in hunger. Recent statistics from the End Child Poverty Campaign reveal that in some areas
of Woking and Guildford child poverty levels are as high as 34%. In an
otherwise affluent part of the UK, the voices of those suffering food poverty
and hunger on a daily basis need to be heard and action taken.
FoodWise’s mission is to get into these areas, offering practical support
and help that gives local people the cooking and budgeting skills to make a
difference to their lives and those of their family.
In my first month I’ve been out talking to Food Banks, schools, local community workers, homeless projects and housing associations, getting to grips with the need and working out how best our Food Coaches can help.
We already have some great partnerships, with The Lighthouse in Woking and with Woking Borough Council, to mention just a couple, and I look forward to building many more in 2017.
Living Well Week is a community wide event, organised by Woking Borough Council. Open to everyone, the week is designed to encourage people to make small changes in lifestyle habits that can have a positive impact on future health and wellbeing.
Around 40% of all deaths in the UK are caused by unhealthy lifestyles and behaviours. According to a Lancet study Britain's obesity levels are the second worst in Europe, with six in ten adults obese. Poor diet is fuelling diseases such as type two diabetes, with a 60 per cent rise in cases over the past decade, and obesity is on course to overtake smoking as the leading cause of cancer.
The good news is it’s never too late to make a change, and even a small change can make a big difference to our wellbeing. Living healthily in midlife can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond. Living Well Week is a chance to take time out to focus on our health, to reappraise our lifestyles and to get help where needed.
For full details of what's on during Living Well Week, please download the brochure.
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