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Community Cookit Training

Community Cookit works on the basis of providing training on a basic level of nutrition knowledge and guidance on how to use the many activities provided as part of the resource kit, The C.A.N. Cook Kit.  The original C.A.N. Cook Kit (which stands for Cheap And Nutritious) was developed by NHS Ayrshire and Arran and has been further developed by NHS Tayside to provide more health promotion activities and more recipes for participants to choose from.

In total, the training will take 4 and ½ days and comes in 4 parts:

  1. 1 day REHIS: Elementary Food Hygiene (SCQF Level 5)
    • Certificated course by REHIS, teaching time is the minimum of 6 hours with a short multiple choice quiz at the end.
    • Designed for anyone working in a food handling environment. The course provides knowledge and understanding of food safety practices as required by law.
    • If you already hold this certificate then you do not need to complete this step. Best practice, you should get a refresher every 3-5 years.
  2. 1 day REHIS: Elementary Food and Health (SCQF Level 5)
    • Certificated course by REHIS, teaching time is the minimum of 6 hours with a short multiple choice quiz at the end.
    • Designed for staff and volunteers who are interested in gaining a better understanding of basic general nutrition.
  3. 2 days Community Cookit
    • Ideally we recommend the REHIS courses would be completed prior to coming to the course; however we understand this is not always possible.
    • Using a train the trainer approach; 2 of the training days are set 1 week apart
    • Discover how to put together and deliver a cooking skills course with your group. The sessions will pull together basic nutrition and food hygiene messages. You will also be introduced to the Community Cookit toolkit to have a go at some of the activities that highlight important nutrition messages. Learn vital cooking skills techniques to try out some of the cooking on budget recipes – so there is no need to bring lunch!
  4. ½ day community cookit follow-up
  • This training takes place approximately 6 months after completing the 2-day Community Cookit. It provides an excellent opportunity to refresh your knowledge, and keep up to-date with the latest Community Cookit news. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to help out in any way we can!

There are many organisations already undertaking community food skills work and we would welcome the opportunity to support them to provide a consistent approach to key nutrition messages whilst still allowing flexibility for clients to enjoy the benefits of attending their particular cooking skills groups.  If you or the organisation you work for are interested in becoming a Community Cookit coach please do not hesitate to contact us.


Sarah Bremner:

Sarah Morrison:

Ulrike Maute Brown:

Rachel Macfarlane:


Community Cookir info

Community Cookit Training Application Form June 2018

Dundee REHIS FH Application