One chef from the Borders thinks too many of us are relying on ready meals and junk food, so he is trying to change attitudes by targeting primary-aged children.
Bosco Santimano's project - You Can Cook - has just been awarded £9000 of Big Lottery Funding, as Katie Hunter reports.
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The man behind the You Can Cook! campaign, Bosco Santimano, has been speaking to ITV Border about how he believes we have become too reliant on ready meals and junk food.
A project teaching children in the Borders to cook from scratch has been awarded £9,000 of Big Lottery funding.
'Food for thought' targets primary school children in the Tweeddale area and focuses on learning about food, making healthy choices and having fun.
Bosco Samtimano, who runs You Can Cook! told ITV Border that many people don't know much about food:
"We focus on the basics of cooking from scratch with each individual ingredient ... also we want to introduce the social aspect of cooking by getting family and friends together cooking, sharing and eating the meal."
A project teaching children in the Borders to cook has been awarded £9000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
The money will be spent in primary schools across the Tweeddale area.
These images show what St. Ninian's Hall looks like at the moment, and how it is expected to look once the development work is completed.
These artist's impressions show the annex due to be built on to the side of the hall, providing space for a new cafe, public toilets and a retail store.
A small community in Galloway is celebrating after securing almost £1 million from the Big Lottery Fund.
The 'Isle Futures' community charity has been awarded £940,000 to develop St. Ninian's Hall, which is owned by local residents.
Development plans include the construction of an annex to the hall, which will provide a cafe facility, a new retail outlet and new public toilets.
– Ian Duncanson, Chair, Isle Futures
"This decision by the Big Lottery to award Capital Funding for the new build and Revenue Funding of £940,000, over the next 5 years for the St Ninian's Hall development project is tremendous.
"It recognises that the development will benefit the whole community, particularly older and younger people who are at risk of social isolation.
"The development of the new facilities will create much needed employment opportunities and will provide services for visitors, supporting the tourist industry - one of the most important businesses in the local area and wider region."
Planning for the new annex has already been approved by Dumfries and Galloway Council and details can be viewed here.
Construction is due to begin in the Summer with the opening scheduled for Spring next year.
A community in Copeland is set to benefit from a programme run by the Big Lottery Fund designed to help residents improve their local area.
The one million pound funding boost will be provided over the next ten years and will be spent as residents decide.
– John Bowman, Distington ward councillor
"This is an excellent Christmas bonus for the people of Distington, who I am sure will come up with some impressive and impactful ideas for how best to invest this money in the community.
Distington is a unique and welcoming village, with a strong community spirit.
This investment will help ensure that work that is already taking place and be expanded on and developed and will bring together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals and groups who want to make a positive and lasting difference to Distington."
Distington in north Copeland is set to benefit from the Big Local programme and receive funding of one million pounds to help residents improve their local area.
The funding will be delivered over the next ten years, along with support, training and networking opportunities to help residents make their community a better place to live.
The million pound boost comes as part of The Big Local scheme, which was launched in July 2010, and supports 150 small urban and rural communities across the country.
– ouncillor Elaine Woodburn, Leader of Copeland Borough Council
What a fantastic Christmas present this is for the people of Distington and Copeland more widely.
Being selected as a Big Local area will provide a massive boost for the community, and the funding will help Distington residents to make real and lasting improvements to their village."
The west Cumbrian village of Distington has won the lottery.
The Big Lottery has chosen Distington as one of a number of areas across the country to have one million pounds over the next ten years.
It will be up to villagers to decide what to do with the money.