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This year Blue Coat Art teacher Miss Vipond has swapped paint brushes and canvas for beehives and horticulture! As a founding member and co-director of Toxteth community group Squash Nutrition, Rebecca will be devoting her sabbatical to building on the organisation’s success and working with the local community to create empowering and exciting new projects.

We dropped in on Rebecca to find out more…

“I have been an Art teacher at the Blue Coat since 1999 but alongside my teaching career which has always been part-time I am a founder member and co-director of Squash Nutrition.

Squash Nutrition is a health education organisation based in Toxteth. For the past nine years, we have been building and developing a community food programme with the aim of making a healthier, happier, more resilient neighbourhood where residents are empowered to become active participants and decision-makers in their own wellbeing and environment.

We believe food plays a key role in dealing with some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems, from obesity and diet-related ill-health to food poverty. So in our work we recognise that food is not only at the heart of some of our greatest problems, but also a vital part of the solution.

Our activities include:
• Providing free training in food preparation, cooking, nutrition, food growing and horticulture
• Developing public community food growing gardens in Toxteth
• Running a weekly ‘pay as you feel’ café
• An annual Food and Film Festival
• Creating free community events

In the next couple of months we are very excited to be completing the building of Toxteth Food Central (TFC) which will be a new food hub for the area. TFC will house a training space, food garden, training kitchen, affordable food store and community cafe and will be opening in Spring 2017!”

We wish Miss Vipond all the best during her sabbatical and look forward to welcoming her back to School next year.

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