It was that time of year again when an enthusiastic group of MCCCC educators participated in Melbourne City Mission’s Sleep at the G. Sleep at the G is now in its seventh year and raises much needed funds for Melbourne City Mission, who support more than 5,000 people experiencing homelessness a week. This year, Melbourne City Mission was also hoping to raise funds to support their newly opened crisis accommodation centre for at-risk young people, Frontyard.
In early 2019, MCCCC engaged the consulting services of dietitian Miriam Raleigh to work with long-time cooks Dorothea and Fabiola, across all
Miriam is a Paediatric Dietitian with more than 10 years’ experience helping children and their families with a range of nutritional concerns. She has worked with children at the Royal Children’s Hospital, at St George’s Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, and now runs her own private practice in Melbourne.
Miriam is passionate about children’s nutrition and providing guidance and advice to families and organisations such as schools, maternal and child health nurses, and GP’s.
Children’s health and nutrition is of utmost importance at MCCCC and Miriam has been able to assist our cooks with the following:
- key factors to consider when planning menus;
- ideas for improvement (if required) and reinforcing when they are on the right path;
- acknowledging the important role our cooks perform on a daily basis and the considerable effort that goes into providing nutritious, healthy meals;
- giving our cooks the opportunity to receive professional development and meaningful feedback (just like our educators do);
- help lift the profile and day-to-day activities of our cooks amongst educators and families;
- hosting information evenings for parents.
More information about Miriam can be accessed at her website: https://www.childnutrition.com.au/