Community Food and Nutrition Team

The Community Food and Nutrition Team is a dietetic led team that takes a community development approach to promoting good nutrition among the population of the Western Trust area.  The team works along three themes:

  • Early years,
  • Later years,
  • Tackling food poverty.

We provide training and support for community based food and nutrition initiatives, develop new programmes aimed at making healthier food choices simpler and offer workshops and updates on a variety of nutrition topics.
    
We work in partnership with other organisations to deliver practical nutrition programmes for community and voluntary sector clients especially those from disadvantaged or marginalized groups.

Below is a list of programmes currently being offered by the Community Food & Nutrition Team:

Cook it! is a nutrition programme specially developed for use in local communities in Northern Ireland. The programme provides participants with the opportunity to gain both practical cooking skills and knowledge to support them in making healthier food choices for the benefit of their health.

Food Values - Budgeting for Better Nutrition is a short food budgeting programme that aims to make healthier food choices more accessible within a limited budget.  
 
Food Values uses practical activities to make people aware of their spending on food, develop good budgeting skills and get better nutritional value for money when shopping for food.

 

Solid Start Weaning Programme
 
Solid Start Weaning Programme has been developed by the Community Food and Nutrition Team to support parents and carers to adopt healthy weaning practices at home. The programme focuses on the practical aspects of weaning to encourage parents and carers to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence in their own ability to provide healthy weaning foods for their baby.

 

 

Below is a list of workshops currently being run by the Community Food & Nutrition Team:

Weaning Workshop:

Information and advice on feeding infants from 6 months to 1 year. 
Interactive activities are used to discuss the what, when and why of introducing solids to an infant’s diet.  Suitable for parents of infants aged 4 months +.

Feeding Under 5's:

Information and advice on feeding children aged 1 year to 5 years.
Interactive activities are used to provide parents with information and guidance on foods to include in young children’s diets, healthy snacks and drinks, vitamin supplement recommendations and picky eaters. Suitable for parents of infants and young children aged 10 months to 5 years.

Healthy Eating Sessions:

Short interactive sessions on healthy eating; information will be tailored for the needs of the group. For example, healthy eating in later years, healthy eating while breastfeeding.

Community Food and Nutrition Team Staff:

Zoe Fletcher, Health Improvement Dietitian
Julie Martin, Clerical Officer

Based at Greenfield Residential Home, 2 Melmount Road, Strabane BT82 9BT
Tel 028 7188 0221
E-mail:
info.CFNT@westerntrust.hscni.net