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Grandparents take the lead in healthy cooking

Project leader, Lubna Khalid, 43, is celebrating after being awarded over £1,600 from the Better Start Bradford’s Parents in the Lead activities fund, to run twice weekly Cook and Play groups.

During the cooking sessions, grandparents will showcase their favourite healthy recipes for families to then cook and enjoy eating with their children. The sessions will take place at Women Zone Community Centre on Hubert Street in BD3 on Wednesday’s and Saturdays.

Children still enjoy their grandmother’s recipes

Lubna said: “The project not only provides mothers and grandmothers with an opportunity to share their recipes with the younger generation, but they will also bond and share childhood memories while cooking. While the older generation have seen food and eating habits change over the years, the children still enjoy their mother’s and grandmother’s recipes and we are looking forward to archiving those and creating a recipe book at the end.”

Lubna’s project is one of four projects that have been awarded Parents in the Lead funding in the latest round of awards. The projects will share almost £5,000 between them and activities will include a weekly parent and toddler group at St Mary’s and St Peter’s Catholic School, nursery children will learn about gardening and growing food at the Karmand Centre nursery and the Sudanese Community Toddler’s Group will have improved English and social and communication skills, thanks to funding to support interactive reading and storytelling sessions.

Grandparents are such an important figure in a child’s life

Gill Thornton, Head of Programme, Better Start Bradford, said: “Grandparents are such an important figure in a child’s life. They have a lifetime of parenting experience and knowledge to pass on to younger generations and we love to see projects run by them.

“All of the awarded projects aim to give children the best start in life by improving health, social and emotional development and communication skills. We can’t wait to see what the next wave of applications bring.”

About Parents in the Lead

Better Start Bradford’s Parents in the Lead activities fund is designed to help parents run activities for families expecting babies or with children under four, in the Better Start Bradford area of Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton.

Activities should be for under fours and contribute towards social and emotional development; develop communication and language; and improve nutrition and health.

Here are the latest awards:

Project Award Description
Parent and Toddler Group £800.00 Funding will enable this weekly parent and toddler group to purchase its own equipment and refreshments rather than borrowing from nursery and reception classes.
Gardening with nursery children £1,154.00 Over ten weeks, nursery children will learn to grow food and plant flowers, with the encouragement of continuing the activities in their own home. The final session will be a celebratory garden party using produce from the garden.
Sudanese Community Toddlers Group £1,346.00 Members from the Sudanese community and their young children, will meet over ten sessions to improve children’s social and communication skills and their parent’s English. Weekly activities will include reading, interactive storytelling fun alongside opportunities to learn more about healthy living and access to other services that can support the community.
Cook and Play Group £1,651.00 The group will run two weekly Cook and Eat sessions led by grandparents. They will showcase healthy recipes and teach the younger generation some healthy tips and tricks. The families will cook and enjoy the meal together, followed by a stay and play session. A recipe book will also be developed as part of the project.

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