Hungry children and those who live a ‘feast or famine’ existence will be taught how to lead a healthy lifestyle thanks a Scottish Government funding boost.
The Grub Club at Castlemilk Youth Complex was this week awarded £42,000 by the government as part of a funding pot that aims to address inequalities in some of Scotland’s poorest communities.
The money will allow the Grub Club to continue providing cookery lessons, education on nutrition, budgeting workshops and sports and exercise sessions that address both obesity and malnutrition in young people.
One of the poorest parts of Glasgow, Castlemilk has seen an increase in food poverty, with rising uptake at food banks, and, at the other end of the scale, an increase in youth obesity.
Fraser Howat, head of the Castlemilk Youth Complex, said the Grub Club helped address both problems as they are created by similar causes - low income and a lack of nutritional education.
He said: “Obesity can result from a combination of a poor knowledge of nutrition, lack of exercise and a ‘greed’ brought about by a ‘ feast or famine’ existence experienced by many young people due to volatile income streams.
“We have found that this lack of nutritional education and low income are prevalent drivers for both malnutrition and obesity in young people.”
The grant funding will pay for two staff and the resources needed to deliver the Grub Club, which provides workshops four days per week.
Each session is designed to equip the participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an environment of hardship and need.
Mr Howat added: “It is great news for the young people of Castlemilk that the Grub Club will run for a second year funded by the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund.
“The project has already led to significant improvements in the health and wellbeing
Grub Club Young people cleaning up after a successful cooking lesson