A tasty recipe for success

Pauline Burke and Davina Kenny are oven buddies
Pauline Burke and Davina Kenny are oven buddies

THE Big Breakfast at Overton Community Centre is going down a treat with residents in the Gallatown.

The community-led initiative offers local mums and dads an introduction to cooking healthy food for all the family on a shoestring budget.

It was started up in the spring and originally involved Kirkcaldy YMCA, YWCA and volunteers from Link Up the Gallatown, a group of local residents whose aim was to work with existing organisations to explore and develop community activities to bring people together.

After a successful five week trial it was decided to continue the weekly sessions and it is now in its third set, with around 12-14 people attending each week.

There are ten Link Up groups in Scotland, each established by Inspiring Scotland, a government initiative, in areas of high social deprivation to help foster community spirit and get people to work together to benefit their communities.

The Gallatown’s Big Breakfast project, which was established and developed through project worker Gary Hughes, has been such a success that last week a film crew from Inspiring Scotland was at the Overton Community Centre to record a DVD illustrating the work the projects are doing.

The members come up with their own ideas of what they would like to make, and meals so far have included lasagne, steak pie, curry and soup as well as banoffee pie, crumbles and many others.

Funding has come through Link Up towards the costs, with the Fife Community Food Project, Community Scotland, Fife Diet and the local adult learning group also helping out.

Charry Brown (23), of Westwood Avenue has been attending the course since it began.

“It is a good way to pass the time and it is teaching me a bit about healthy cooking,” she explained.

For Pauline Moffat (42), of East March Street, it is the social side which is the biggest benefit.

“I enjoy coming along and meeting people and it has helped my confidence,” she said.

Davina Kenny (33), from the Gallatown, said: “I heard about it through the nursery and came along to try it out. I really enjoy it and have made some really good meals which the kids like.”

Gary Hughes added: “The aim is to make the group self sustaining so that it can continue to benefit the local community.

“It has been a great success and we have also done a gardening group which we hope will eventually lead to residents growing their own produce.”

Kim Carscadden (26), is a volunteer with the group.

She said: “It is about bringing the community together to have fun and socialise, and everyone really enjoys the cooking sessions.”