Education and Sustainability Coordinator
When I was growing up in Middlesbrough, in the North East, my Grandad had an allotment. As children, we were lucky to have home grown veg to eat, as well going down to “the garden” for fun at the weekend, so I think that’s where my love of Real Food comes from.
I came to Manchester to study for a degree in Zoology, and developed a keen interest in ecology and environmental sustainability. Since then, I’ve worked with disabled people in educational settings, and then in a community investment role for another Manchester housing association. I’ve also gained experience of practical outdoor activities, and group cooking, as a volunteer for nature conservation organisations and The Scouts.
My role involves a mixture of monitoring and evaluating how well we meet the aims of the Real Food project, assisting the rest of the team with project delivery, and finding ways to sustain and expand Real Food into the future, through funding and other sources of support or investment. I’m really excited to be involved.
Tel: 0161 946 7553.
I am the Administration Officer at Real Food Wythenshawe. I previously worked for a large financial institution and I am used to working to a busy schedule.
Here at Real Food Wythenshawe I am responsible for making sure we keep a record of how we spend our budget, keeping paperwork up to date and generally support the very enthusiastic team of staff who work tirelessly week in and week out in an effort to make this the most successful project the Lottery has agreed to support.
Whenever I can I look for ways to improve the way we work as a team and with my local knowledge I try to suggest ideas that might help us reach out to more of our community. I have lived in Wythenshawe all my life and I feel privileged to be working for such a fantastic project. I know many local people and believe this project will make a real difference to the people who live and work here.
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Tel: 0161 946 9115
I have the exciting role of Growing Co-ordinator for the Real Food Project. I love the changing seasons and being outside in the fresh air, and I even love the rain! Previously I was a tutor for Manchester Adult Education and in recent years I have been an Ageing Well Development worker based in Wythenshawe so I know the area fairly well.
I will bring my experience of running cultivation groups and my own allotment to the role. Of course I will be supporting existing ‘growers’ with advice, practical help and moral support but I also want to get new growing projects started, encouraging anyone to give growing food a try. I passionately believe that home-grown food tastes better than anything that has travelled across the world before it gets to your plate. I know from experience that growing things and being outside has many benefits for well-being. It lifts your mood, provides exercise, can be a chance to socialise, and gives you a strong sense of achievement and is very often good fun!
Tel: 0161 946 9116
I am the Programme Manager here at Real Food. I have a wealth of experience in delivering strategic food projects – before coming to Wythenshawe I was the Head of Baguley and Sharston Children’s Centre, where I was responsible for developing and delivering a wide range of growing, community cooking and healthy eating programmes.
I have a real passion for working closely with local people and making a difference here in Wythenshawe.
Tel: 0161 946 7554
Cooking & Behaviour Change Co-ordinator
My role is to co-ordinate the development of cooking and behaviour change programmes throughout the community. Along with a dedicated team of volunteers, we support the people of Wythenshawe to make easy, low cost, healthy meals using locally sourced seasonal ingredients.
Along with cooking courses, demonstrations, free recipes, hints and tips on making economical, healthy meals we also have our very own fully qualified public health nutritionist and Education and Skills Co-ordinator, Rachel Harding on hand to offer expert advice.
Tel: 0161 946 9167