Being Healthy

The Young Men’s project enjoyed healthy eating on Wednesday night. Back by popular demand the group made BBQ Beetroot Burgers!

This year the Young Men’s group have worked really hard to promote health and well-being. Young people have taken part in various healthy cooking activities and enjoyed discussions about diet, health, body image and the risks of smoking and alcohol.

The young people said the Beetroot Burgers were great! In addition, we feel that it is vital to provide young people with a safe stimulating and educational place to socialise and have these discussions so that they can reach their full potential.

The Young Men’s group meet on a Wednesday night 6 – 8 pm at the Beechtree and is for ages 12 – 18.

Tom Nielsen, Youth Worker

Healthy Cooking

We came to the end of our first run of healthy cooking sessions last Friday and the course was a great success with an 83% completion rate. Five out of the six original starters completed and of the original six,three were Meres and Mosses tenants. They made a pea and mushroom risotto, mexican quinoa, bean and soy chilli,chickpea and cauliflower curry,sweet and sour turkey,sausage and bean casserole. Only two of the meals included animal protein (Sweet and sour turkey & butter in the risotto), the rest were free of meat,dairy and eggs. It was interesting to see the trepidation at a lack of animal turn into pleasant surprise as they smelled what they were cooking and tasted the delicious end product.The point of this is to change perceptions that are ingrained in us all and to give people the tools to help themselves make an impact into their health and wellbeing before they end up in the NHS system.Judging by the feedback,we have opened a few minds and increased some energy levels ! Also the social aspect of the course should not be underestimated.The participants said they now have the confidence to cook for themselves at home, have a better understanding of nutrition,eat more healthly by increasing the pertions of fruit and vegetables they eat each day,and save money.Some quotes from the feedback questionaires…..”I feel good,everything is better””I’ve prepped and cooked foods i haven’t used before,Ifeel healthier and my gut is feeling better””This course has really made a difference…more energy…its very worthwhile,very well done and the chef is informative””I feel I have more energy,having help cooking makes me a better cook””Liked meeting new friends- good food makes you feel good”A huge thankyou to Meres and Mosses for making this possible and to the Foodbank for helping to keep costs down with donations of beans,chickpeas,chopped tomatoes and rice.

Open Day at the Beechtree Centre

We are having an Open Day here at the Beechtree when you can come along and see what we do, meet the staff and volunteers and get a bit “hands on”. The day will be on Wednesday 12 September between 11am – 3pm.

Here are just some of the things on offer:

  • Healthy Cooking demonstration & food tasting session,
  • Art exhibition,
  • IT demonstration,
  • The Community garden will be open and surplus produce will be available to buy along with jams and chutneys,
  • Youth group display,
  • Inclusive sports demonstration,
  • Free entry into draw.

Everyone welcome.

Our Local Food Café

Delicious freshly made food sourced from our Community Garden at affordable prices .

Since the closure of Belton Farm cheese shop WE NOW SUPPLY BELTON CHEESE!!

New for 2019 – We now have the facility to accept card payments in the cafe, (small minimum spend required).

Comments from some of our customers: “From the first moment this communal hub has made me feel welcomed. The staff are truly friendly people (not mcfriendly)”

” Extremely pleasant staff, the food good, tasty and fresh. Very well presented, café scrupulously fresh and clean”

“Friendly and helpful, very good with the kids and don’t mind the noise or the mess!”

” Very clean and organised. Friendly staff, lovely soup and bread. A little gem.”

“Had to look for it from the hospital but good entrance for disabled. Very welcoming”

“Easy to get into. Very reasonably priced and welcoming staff! 

 The Café also boasts wi-fi Internet facilities with a “house” laptop available during opening hours for free use by Café customers. Free wi-fi access is also available for Café customers who bring their own machines throughout our opening hours. 

Café opening hours are currently 9.30 am – 3.30pm Monday – Friday.

Healthy Eating & Cooking

We are hoping to start again in the Autumn.  Details will be posted here when finalised.

We and our children are suffering the consequences to our health of generations of bad eating habits and misinformation.  30% of children aged 5+ in Whitchurch are overweight or obese! We must discourage consumption of junk, fast and processed food and encourage more natural eating habits by setting the example ourselves. We can make positive differences to our whole life by giving our body what it needs.

What you eat affects your mood, energy and your resistance to infection.   It can help fight disease and promote good health.  You don’t have to radically alter your life-style – there are hundreds of small changes you can make to improve the way you feel mentally and physically.

These hands on cooking sessions give you the opportunity to prepare, cook and eat/take home a different delicious meal each week in an informal atmosphere. The aim is to suggest easy, simple, alternative meals that don’t stretch your budget or take all day to prepare.