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There are lots of organisations that you can connect with for support with food, cooking, health and education. Here are some details of some which might be helpful. If you’d like to feature on this page, just get in touch.

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Chefs Adopt a School (CAAS)

CAAS is a national charity that teaches children about food provenance, growing, healthy eating, nutrition, hygiene and cookery. Professional chefs deliver sessions in the classroom that range in content from the four tastes and five senses to advanced practical cookery.

Website: http://www.chefsadoptaschool.org.uk/how-to-get-involved

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Crofting Connections

Is your school based in Argyll & Bute, Highland, the Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland, Moray or the Isle of Arran? Contact Crofting Connections – a unique educational project that helps children understand the sustainable lifestyle and heritage of the crofter through hands-on activities.

Website: http://croftingconnections.com
Email: prodway@soilassociation.org
Tel: 01463 725089
Mob: 07917 230 124

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Cyrenians Good Food Programme

Sign up to the one-day Elementary Food and Health Course to learn about basic nutrition, the relationship between diet and health, and healthy food choices for a variety of different needs.

Tel: 0131 554 3900
Website: http://www.cyreniansgoodfood.org.uk/

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Diabetes UK ‘Live for It!’ scheme

‘Live for It!’ tackles childhood obesity head on. Starting in schools in Edinburgh and Glasgow, this free programme offers four 90-minute workshops on diet, cooking, digestion, diabetes and energy. It’s designed to tie in with Health and Wellbeing teaching in Scotland’s CfE. Contact the team to request a visit.

Email: sarah.ward@diabetes.org.uk

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Dumfries House

Idyllic Dumfries House in Ayrshire is now host to an amazing new food education programme. Children can explore food from farm to fork through farm trails, harvesting fruits and vegetables in the 5-acre walled garden, planting in the potting shed and cooking the products of their harvest in high-tech kitchen facilities. School trips can either be arranged for the day or over a week.

Tel: 01290 425959

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Eco-Schools Scotland

Register as an Eco-School online and learn how you can incorporate littering, food and the environment, health and wellbeing and biodiversity into whole school policies, Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and ‘Days of Action’ involving the community. Each school can apply for various awards in recognition of their success.

Website: http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/sustainable-development-education/eco-schools/
Tel: 01786 471333

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Quality Meat Scotland (QMS)

Visit the website to download healthy eating, farming, welfare and nutritional resources from the website. Experienced QMS chefs also deliver interactive sessions in schools on the versatility, convenience and cost-effectiveness of meat. Schools can also apply for a voucher worth up to £100 to spend on fresh meat from their local butcher to use in home economics and hospitality lessons.

Website: http://www.qmscotland.co.uk
Email: info@qmscotland.co.uk
Tel: 0131 472 4040

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Seafood in Schools

This exciting government-funded project teaches children about Scottish Seafood – where it comes from, why it’s good for us and how it reaches our plates. It’s all explored through a variety of learning experiences and activities, at all levels, right across the CfE. Brilliant teaching resources on Scottish seafood are also available to download from the website. To start your Seafood in Schools project contact Nicki on the details below.

Website: http://www.seafoodinschools.org
Tel: 0131 557 9344 or 07711 272 63
Email: enquiries@seafoodinschools.org

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The Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET)

RHET provides an array of free services and classroom resources related to food, farming and the countryside – all aligned to CfE. They also deliver teacher training sessions. Visit their website to download resources or arrange a farm visit, classroom talk or teacher training sessions.

Website: http://www.rhet.org.uk
Tel: 0131 335 6227

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The Soil Association

The Food for Life Scotland programme aims to transform food culture across the country. This includes working with schools and communities to increase awareness and promote the benefits of fresh, healthy, local, seasonal and organic food. A key part of this is supporting school caterers to achieve the Food for Life Catering Mark, the UK-wide food award that encourages caterers to produce healthier and more sustainable menus.

Website: http://www.soilassociation.org/foodforlifescotland
Tel: 0131 666 2474

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British Nutrition Foundation (BNF):

Learn about details of current curriculum requirements and regulations for food provided in school across the UK.

Website: http://www.nutrition.org.uk

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Community Food and Health Scotland:

Apply for funding to improve access to, and take up of, a healthy, varied and balanced diet in your school and surrounding community.

Website: http://www.communityfoodandhealth.org.uk

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Eatwell plate guide:

Website: https://www.gov.uk/

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Education Scotland – Health and Wellbeing:

Get information on the Curriculum for Excellence ‘Aims and Outcomes’, apply for funds to support health and wellbeing in your school and download support materials.

Website: http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/

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Engage for Education:

Allows you to share how you have made a success of your school meals service or run a successful food education programme in your school.

Website: http://engageforeducation.org/category/food-in-schools/

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Food – a fact of life:

Free resources about healthy eating, cooking, food and farming for children and young people aged 3 to 16 years.

Website: http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk

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Food Standards Agency (FSA):

Information on nutrition, food labeling, safety and hygiene.

Website: http://www.food.gov.uk/scotland/

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Greener Scotland:

Info and resources on how to be greener, including compositing ideas, reducing waste and eating foods with a low carbon footprint.

Website: http://www.greenerscotland.org

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Putting Scotland’s health on the web. Information on lots of topics including healthy living and healthy eating.

Website: http://www.scot.nhs.uk/

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WWF working with schools and young people:

Set up a ‘Green Team’ at your school with the WWF Green Ambassador scheme.

Website: http://www.wwf.org.uk/what_we_do/working_with_schools/