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Tasting Change

By running cooking groups, Tasting Change help to address some of the health inequalities and barriers that the community of Wester Hailes face.

  • Providing a community meal.
  • Delivering regular workshops and interactive education sessions.
  • Online course during the COVID-19 pandemic: this involved Zoom meetings, a Facebook group and short face to face interactions when collecting ingredients.

To explain who the programme reaches, roles of the programme, activities, and outcomes the programme achieves in the short term, and how these outcomes contribute to strategic priorities on healthy eating and food security, a logic model was created.

They also identified that the way in which they work is central to achieving these outcomes.

Tasting Change identified their short-to-mid term outcomes as

  • People have increased self-esteem
  • People have more opportunities to connect with others
  • People feel more positive about making healthy choices
  • People are more connected to the community
ESS principle – About what matters

To measure their short-to-mid term outcomes, outlined above, Tasting Change gathered different forms of feedback:

“If it wasn’t for this group I would be sitting home alone.”

“You feel a sense of accomplishment when you’ve spent this time working hard and it comes out being really tasty.”

“It makes me feel less isolated. It makes me feel good coming here. It’s like a big family and I feel like I have lots of friends.”

  • Participants speaking positively about food and demonstrating an awareness of why eating healthily is important to them.
  • Noticing changes over time in the way people engaged on the Facebook group and their willingness to share about their meals.
ESS principle – Fits the way you do your work

“L said that being on the course brought her closer to her family and to her community – particularly going to collect the ingredients at the community meal and seeing other people there.”

“He enjoyed learning about new ingredients and trying out the tasty nutritious recipes.”

“I am now cooking from scratch which is a nice skill and its healthier.”

“My main benefit was getting to talk to other members of the community, and I have been exchanging recipes online…I would not have done this if it wasn’t for coming to the group and learning new things and meeting new people.”

  • A Scotland where we eat well, have a healthy weight and are physically active.
  • A Scotland where we have improved social circumstances, stability and food security.

If you want to explain your contribution to tackling health inequalities please read ‘Recognising our rich tapestry’ and follow the steps set out in the resource!

See below also for the case-study that this story is based on, as well as an introduction to logic modelling.