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Eat Well For Less? – Households Wanted

Producers from hit BBC One prime time series Eat Well For Less? are looking for families/households who would like to eat well and save some money on their weekly shop.

The show follows Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace and award winning greengrocer Chris Bavin on a mission to prove that it is possible for families and household to save money on their food budget without scrimping on taste and nutrition.

They hope by analysing the shopping habits of UK families, they can help to show where we can source the best and cheapest quality food.

Get in touch to apply or find out more!  Call 0117 970 7670 or email:


Twitter: @EatWellForLess


FREE Guided Bike Rides

7 Week Plan Starting Monday 5th November to Friday 21st December 2018

Each ride is led by an experienced leader with maintenance skills to help keep the ride moving.

For more details of rides and to book, call MEC on 01642 219620 or go to

Action on Advertising

Action on Advertising          Increasingly, there are more fast food and confectionery adverts on bus stops, billboards and telephone boxes next to schools, which clearly indicates that brands and local stores are simply flouting the rules, hoping no-one will bother to complain, sand safe in the knowledge there are no meaningful sanctions for non-compliance anyway.  However, the more complaints the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) receive, the more chance certain adverts will be requested to be removed, and then in turn we hope this will result in a tighter legislative framework to restrict junk food and HFSS (High Fat Salt Sugar) marketing.

There are rules in place to prevent advertising junk food within 100m of a venue with 25% child audience.  Just to show you that this can make a difference, here’s one we prepared earlier!  This complaint is about a KFC advert outside a school was submitted and was upheld by the ASA, with KFC getting negative press coverage and being told to remove the offending adverts.  So please do keep sending through examples, it all helps make a difference.

HFSS adverts within 100m of a school     We would also like to see a few more examples of HFSS advertising within 100m of a school so we intend to leave this call ‘open’ for another couple of weeks.  However, we now have some further information about the 100m rule:     “The 100m guideline tends to be applied as the distance between the ad and the entrance to the primary school (gates), or children’s centre.  It is however only a proxy guideline adopted by the industry itself for the likely level of child exposure to the advertisement, rather than a hard and fast regulation.  E.g. an advertisement on a bus stop 120m from school gates, if it’s still the nearest bus stop, might still be found to be likely in breach, and it would be good to have a few examples that test the 100m guideline or demonstrate it is inadequate.”

Please submit any information using the following link:

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Christmas has come early at Middlesbrough Shopmobility with three new electric scooters for people with mobility problems to hire.

Middlesbrough Shopmobility in partnership with Middlesbrough Environment City has purchased three new electric scooters to meet demand.

From only £1 per hour to hire a scooter why not come down and start your Christmas shopping.

We are open from 8:00am through to 6:00pm weekdays and 9:00am to 5:00pm on a saturday.

If you h ave mobility problems getting around town for your shopping why not pop into Shopmobility at Unit 4 Middlesbrough Bus Station and try one of the new scooters.

For more information please telephone 01642 219620.

Kelly Mckie receives her award from Tom Ashford, from HSBC UK.

Kelly is employed by Middlesbrough Environment City through the Prices Trust Talent Match programme on a Local Environment Services apprenticeship.  Kelly has progressed very well on her apprenticeship and is due to complete her course in December.

Please see Kelly’s story below:-

Kelly, now 24, was in and out of the care system from the age of two.

“Experiences in my childhood destroyed my confidence.  I’d get angry and aggressive at school for no reason and when people tried to help, I got scared they’d hurt me, and I rebelled.”

She tried to go to college but it was too much and she left early.

“I got depressed and started drinking and taking drugs as a way of coping.  Then my dad died and that’s when I hit self-destruct.  Suicide seemed my only way out.”

When Kelly’s stepmother realised the gravity of her situation, she asked her to move in with her and helped her get clean.

Kelly was then referred to Talent Match and went on to complete Team, a 12-week Prince’s Trust programme that builds sills and confidence so young people are better equipped to secure work.

She also flourished on the “Get Started with Health and Fitness” programme and joined the Youth Panel, which helps make decisions about young people’s pathways.

She said “I’ve learned so much about myself and what I’ve got to give because of The Prince’s Trust.”

“If it wasn’t for them, I’d be dead in a gutter.  They have picked me up so many times.  Thanks to them I’ve finally got a job at Middlesbrough Environment City and a life I enjoy and feel in control of.”

Tasty treats to tickle the taste buds at the town meal

THE ever-popular Middlesbrough Town Meal is just around the corner – and everyone’s invited to take part or tuck in.

The Town Meal is an annual celebration of the growing projects that have run throughout the year, with community groups and individual families reaping the rewards of growing their own fruit and vegetables in locations across the town.

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