COG 1 are continuing to work on their areas, membership has been reviewed and new working relationships established. Next steps in September 2016 is to review the existing service plan and priorities, and hold a workshop with members from COG 1 and sub-groups to consider and agree new work streams.
The Free School Task and Finish Group was commissioned following an identified gap in take up of free school meals in comparison to entitlement In Conwy schools. A whole school approach was introduced ‘Our School Lunch’ in order to be all inclusive, avoid stigma and ensure schools are responding to the Healthy Schools Measure (Wales) 2009.
Consultation took place with Head Teachers, Conwy Youth Council, and worked with the School Nutrition Action Group / Bwyd o Bwys (SNAG / BOBS) who are mentors that share knowledge and skills around healthy eating in schools.
The work of the Group has demonstrated that the inclusive approach involving all stakeholders generates positive results, in ensuring children and young people have a better understanding around food, nutrition and wellbeing to maximise their own development for their future.
It also contributed to reducing obesity and increasing attainment.
Subsequently Conwy Catering Department was nominated as one of the 7 most improved Catering Services on a National level in December 2015, through the Association of Public Service Excellence. This was due to a higher % (1.8%) of take up of eligible primary pupils having a free school meal in 2014/15 (82.3%), in comparison with 2012/13 (80.5%). Information has been shared with the Conwy People’s Partnership Board and COG 1 and the uptake of free school meals will continue to be monitored.
To find out more about the work of SNAG / BOBs at one of their Cooking Session in Ysgol y Creuddyn with David Preston, Cook in Charge, Ysgol Y Creuddyn
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