CHILDREN'S ONLINE EVENT WITH KRISTINA FARQUHARSON
03/04/2021 at 16:00 GMT
As a local Edinburgh business woman, I hadn’t always been an entrepreneur. I work in a corporate job as a Facilities Coordinator, however I always knew I had creativity in me. I just never felt I could use it. I wanted to act when I was younger but the idea never came to fruition. I knew I loved children and princess characters and had the idea to start up a kids party business for a while. Then COVID-19 hit and I put the idea to the back of my mind. It wasn’t until July 2020 when I saw some influential people on social media offer a ‘Find Your Fire’ course. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to find people to help me get started in my business. This then gave birth to Forget Me Not Children’s Parties in August 2020.
I am a Performance and Health Nutritionist (SENr register) running my own business ‘Nurture’, providing nutritional programmes in primary and secondary schools. At present, operating in the North West of England. This entails practical cooking sessions, one-to-one support, supermarket visits, recipes and workshops with pupils, parents and teachers educating them on the benefits of good nutrition by providing them the knowledge to make informed choices. Being ‘Healthy’ is seen to be a middle class preserve, meaning you need money to eat and lead a healthy lifestyle. The goal of ‘Nurture’ is to dispel this by educating children and parents that your financial standing does not matter, that you can still lead a healthy lifestyle by following the mantra “Education from the roots up”.
I am, also, a sessional worker at ‘The Joshua Tree foundation’ providing nutritional support and cooking to children and families affected by cancer. This work directly links in with my research with researchers from Liverpool John Moore’s and Edge Hill university’s and future research in applying nutrition and exercise strategies to positively alter body compositional changes during aftercare treatment of children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).