Creating a catalyst for change in Glasgow

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Setting the scene
A Zero Waste Scotland Volunteer Coordinator visited the community centre and delivered a Love Food Hate Waste session to Al-Meezan staff, along with staff from South Seeds, another community organisation based on the south side of Glasgow.

The talk highlighted how much food they actually wasted, but was aimed at sharing information, rather than practical advice. Following this, the team felt that the Love Food Hate Waste cascade training could teach their members how to run practical activities within the organisation.

They hoped the training would enable them to pass on their knowledge to their services users and help the community to reduce its food waste. They also hoped it would help them to reduce food waste in the community building, which caters for hundreds of people every week.

The big training event
Al-Meezan chose to attend the workshop run by Urban Roots at Elderpark Community Centre, Govan. They were asked to complete food waste diaries before attending the event. As a group:
• Thirteen attended the training
• Three food waste diaries were returned
• The training session lasted 3 hours

Writing a food diary made the group more aware of their food waste. Since then, they have been actively trying to reduce it by using up ingredients rather than buying new. They felt that the practical activities, such as label reading and portion measuring, could be shared with their service users during future cookery demonstrations.

Keeping the momentum going
The training couldn’t have come at a better time - the entire team is currently taking part in a Climate Change Project. Their aim is to improve the energy efficiency of their community building as well as service users’ homes.

The staff that attended the LFHW cascade training will bring everything they learned to the Climate Change Project, promoting food-saving initiatives to an active and engaged audience. They can also use their new skills to expand and diversify their project, so that it includes food and recycling activities.