A look back at 2017 with Wiggly Worm

11 January 2018
- Ace News
ACE's chosen charity

Wiggly Worm has been ACE's chosen charity since 2015, and we continue to support them because of the great work they are doing with limited resources. We can clearly see the difference the support of ACE can make to this fabulous organisation that uses food to create positive change for people that would otherwise struggle.

So here's the highlights ...

1,392 hours of Kitchen Challenge

2,500 hot meals for No Person Hungry

490 Hours of Of Course We Can

No Person Hungry

Wiggly Worm served over 2,500 hot nutritious meals to young people and their families over the school holidays, through six separate projects, hosted in Cheltenham, Stonehouse, Innsworth and the Forest of Dean.

Read more about No Person Hungry

Knead to Know

Wiggly Worm launched the Knead to Know project in partnership with Age UK Gloucestershire. The project encourages people to talk realistically about end of life plans. Workshops have been delivered across Gloucestershire, baking loaves of bread with groups and using food in creative ways to enable difficult conversations.

Of Course We Can

In the OfCourseWeCan courses throughout the year, groups of young people with and without disability learned to cook a range of healthy dishes together. The groups took home food they had prepared each day, as well as a few pots they had planted to nurture and grow. These younge people developed skills and made friends throughout the weeks.

Kitchen Challenge

Five 8-week Kitchen Challenge courses ran in 2017 for 30 participants. That's an incredible 1,392 housrs of learning and developing, enabling people to build transferrable skills around teamwork, communication and food preparation and to develop their individual strengths. For each final session, the teams worked together to plan, prepare, cook and serve a three-course lunch for 20 invited guests. Many of the participants have since made steps towards employment. The first South Gloucestershire Kitchen Challenge course for people with learning difficulties was also delivered, with another course due to start in Thornbury.

Wiggly Worm's Managing Director, Abby Guilding says:

"We would like to thank the Association of Catering Excellence who have raised a fantastic £20,000 for Wiggly Worm as their chosen charity this year, and have committed to supporting us for the next two years. We look forward to working with you in a very busy and exciting 2018."

To find out more about Wiggly Worm and their work, see www.thewigglyworm.org.uk or @wigglycharity on twitter

Blog written by
Jane Brocklebank
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