Healthy Eating & Nutrition Sessions

We at Edinburgh Community Food are passionate about sharing our knowledge and ideas and having discussions around healthy eating. We offer bespoke Food & Nutrition training packages for your organisation.

We understand that Food & Nutrition can seem like a baffling and complex area, with so many mixed messages. We aim to cut through the confusion and deliver no-nonsense, straightforward information, skills and activities for you to use with your service users.

We are able to offer a combination of approaches:

Nutrition Training for Staff

We can offer staff training sessions in a format that suits you. This might be at a staff meeting or a special prearranged session. Sessions can be anything from a series of 30 minute slots to a full day’s training.

These sessions cover:

  • How to get a healthy balanced diet & our five-a-day fruit & veg portions
  • The role of fats, salt and sugar in our diet and their effects on our health
  • How to maintain energy balance
  • Menu planning, budgeting & label reading
  • Food and mood
  • Good hygiene in the kitchen
  • Practical tips for making healthy changes to our diet

We make the sessions as interactive as possible and each is designed specifically for you and your organisation.

Cooking & Nutrition Group Facilitation

The second type of session we offer is to train your organisation to run healthy eating sessions with service users or residents. We will work in partnership with you to discuss the best options for your service users, whether this is practical cooking sessions, interactive nutrition activities or a combination. We can provide equipment and resources to help you run a session.

Cooking & Nutrition Training for Service Users 

The third type of session we offer is for Edinburgh Community Food to deliver Nutrition & Cooking sessions directly to your service users.



Nari Kallyan Shangho is a welfare project for south Asian women and their families. ECF worked together with NKS to train up their volunteers in basic nutrition and healthy cooking skills. Using this knowledge the volunteers went on to facilitate a Healthy Eating week, including fun nutrition-related activities and cooking classes.

Fourth Sector

Fourth sector run a training programme for their employees that require extra support. ECF worked with their training officer to develop and deliver a short and informative nutrition workshop  that Fourth sector can now deliver again and again themselves as part of their training programme.

Gate 55

Gate 55, an Edinburgh Community Centre, invited Edinburgh Community food to run a cooking course. One of their staff members will shadow the ECF development worker so they can run a course again in the future. They are also taking advantage of the courses ECF run such as Food and Mood and Eating well for older people. They also have an ECF-supported co-op based in the building.

If you are interested in any of this and would like to speak to us please get in touch with Chris Mantle Senior Food and Health Development Worker on 0131 467 7326.