Cook Grow Sew – Branching Out is WSREC environmental projects supporting minority ethnic communities across Glasgow, Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire to reduce their carbon emissions and increase climate awareness.

The projects will facilitate discussion about climate change by offering one to one support, workshops and events on Energy, Food and Waste. Encouraging young people and volunteers to start their climate change journey.

Main Aims of Projects

  • Giving all our participants the knowledge and skills to reduce their carbon footprint

  • Reduce Carbon Emissions by 259.2 tonnes of CO2e within ME communities, over two years

  • Support continued life style changes towards a zero carbon lifestyle

  • Communities and individuals have the skills to reduce their carbon footprint

  • Individuals are empowered to adopt a low carbon lifestyle and are sharing what they have learned with friends, family and their community

  • Empowering communities to take ownership of the changes they make and the measures they implement to tackle climate change

Target Communities

Focused in Glasgow and Renfrewshire and now launching in East Dunbartonshire. Active engagement will be aimed at not previously engaged minority ethnic communities across all ages. Over 24 months, Cook Grow Sew will provide equal opportunities through community integration, intercultural and intergenerational dialogue, whilst taking positive steps to reduce carbon emissions, leaving a legacy of long term behaviour change.

What We Do

Energy Efficiency

This free service is offered through regular workshops, information stalls, one to one and home energy visits, depending on the needs of the service users. We also provide advice and signpost on all issues related to household energy /fuel debt. – support through warm discount every year.

Food Waste

3 Week Course on reducing food waste including Zero Waste Cooking learning tips and skills on cooking with zero waste. These are participant/ volunteer run sessions, with demos.

Furniture Refurbishing. We offer free two 8 week courses, once a year, where participants get free starter packs and learn how to refurbish and fix old pieces of furniture

Sewing Group

Come and learn the basics of sewing, mend your clothes, create new items from old, up cycle or work on your own project. We also support volunteer run groups with 6 week blocks, at beginners, intermediate and advanced level.

Swap Shop

Quarterly Swap Shops to encourage reuse, recycle and reduce items to landfill. Come along and swap clothes, shoes, toys and books. Collections all year round.

Food Community

Come and join us for a gardening session and learn about growing food in the city. We can support in setting up community gardening groups.


Support in setting up a community garden with an beginners 6 week course and join the weekly Napiershall Street Garden.


Increase awareness of local Scottish Natural Environment and sourcing food making alternative and innovative low carbon choices.

Young People Programme

This programme is for young children (16 – 25 years old), An environmentally capacity building programme for 20 participants that focuses on upskilling, building confidence and reducing social isolation, working with youth groups and schools.

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Fashion Show Brochure 20/21

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Swap Shop (26th January 2022)


CGSBO – Final Report 2022-21


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Project Staff

Maymoona Awan
Maymoona AwanProject Coordinator
Janet Woodburn
Janet WoodburnDevelopment Officer
Shabana Ali
Shabana AliProject Support Worker
Ghazala Ansar
Ghazala AnsarProject Support Worker

Twinned Board Member

Sharon Schlesinger
Sharon Schlesinger