Who Are SCRAN?

3 members of SCRAN stand behind a table The SCRAN Project

Who are SCRAN? 

SCRAN was set up as a social enterprise in 2018 to deliver on-campus cooking sessions and to promote issues surrounding food and sustainability. We regularly have a stall at the UCLan Students’ Union Craft and Food Fair, where we sell food that we have made. We have a focus on promoting sustainable and healthy cooking to students and the local community, and all the money we make goes back into SCRAN to develop the project and our volunteers. We are passionate about the fun and social side of cooking, and we aim to bring people together to enjoy some hands-on cooking. 

What do we do? 

We meet every one or two weeks to discuss any upcoming projects or ideas for online content. Before the first lockdown last year, we provided free cook and eat sessions to students, and set up community outreach programs with primary schools and community centers. Once restrictions are lifted, we can’t wait to get back to what we do best – cooking!  

What do we offer? 

To facilitate our workshops, SCRAN has a range of catering equipment such as induction hobs, pots, pans and utensils. We provide sustainably sourced ingredients, and wherever possible, produce that is grown on campus through collaborating with the Secret Garden project. We also offer free healthy and sustainable recipes and cooking videos on our social media platforms and on our website to help you get started on your sustainable cooking and eating journey. 

Why do SCRAN care? 

SCRAN wants to build a community platform that caters for students and local people, educating them about the importance of sustainable eating. We are beginning to see the effects of climate change and over-population around the globe, so we need now more than ever to think about what we are eating, where our food comes from, and what each of us can do to reduce our carbon footprint.  

Interested? 

Although the COVID-19 restrictions over the past year have prevented us from completing any in-person cooking classes, we have worked on developing our digital presence on Instagram, Facebook and on our website. We are looking for volunteers to create content (recipe cards, cooking videos, articles about cooking/sustainability) for our online platforms, and to hopefully help out with some hands-on cooking once the restrictions are lifted. We currently meet online once every two weeks to discuss our plans and progress, and to have a bit of a laugh. We are all super friendly!! 

 If this sounds like something you might be interested in, contact us on Instagram @scranhq or on Facebook @scranHQ, email us at suvolunteering@uclan.ac.uk, or go to our website scranpreston.co.uk ?? 

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