KIDS’ KITCHEN: A taste of being a chef

Blue water and rainbow salad? We had a fantastic half term running KIDS’ KITCHEN with The Willow’s Head Chef Paul teaching children how to make a beautiful and nutritious rainbow salad made from 8 ingredients, including red cabbage. Chef ‘s tip: cabbage is best eaten when blanched for 10 seconds

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Blue water and rainbow salad?

We had a fantastic half term running KIDS’ KITCHEN with The Willow’s Head Chef Paul teaching children how to make a beautiful and nutritious rainbow salad made from 8 ingredients, including red cabbage.

Chef ‘s tip: cabbage is best eaten when blanched for 10 seconds as it improves the taste & keeps it nice and crunchy. The kids were amazed to see the blanching water turn a beautiful blue colour due to a pigment called anthocyanin  – you should try it at home!

Did you know that red cabbage is full of beneficial vitamins (A, C & K) and is also an anti-oxidant, so add it to your shopping list!

More workshops are planned for Christmas 2017 email us to reserve your place

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Boosting Energy Foods for the family!

At Surbiton Hill Methodist Church With Nutritional Therapist, Louise Jenner-Clarke   This talk looked at how we can use diet and nutrition to address poor energy levels. Choosing the right foods can boost energy levels or selecting the wrong ones can keep us in an energy slump.  We learnt about the best

At Surbiton Hill Methodist Church

With Nutritional Therapist, Louise Jenner-Clarke

 

This talk looked at how we can use diet and nutrition to address poor energy levels. Choosing the right foods can boost energy levels or selecting the wrong ones can keep us in an energy slump.  We learnt about the best energy foods for our family to support health and wellbeing.

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The answer:

Honey – would give an immediate surge in energy but it would be short lived

Avocados – would not give as much energy as honey, at least not in the short run. The advantage Avocados have over honey is they give a slow release of energy over a longer time period.

Blueberries – also have a slow release of energy like avocados but would not last as long as Avocados but would last longer than honey.

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Imagining Possible Futures

Our session ‘Imagining Possible Futures’ with Coaching Psychologist Dr Alison Whybrow was a huge success!   We talked about our dreams & aspirations, used Lego to build a rich picture of our future which made it tangible and easier to explain to others, followed by an exploration session expertly guided

Our session ‘Imagining Possible Futures’ with Coaching Psychologist Dr Alison Whybrow was a huge success!

 

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We talked about our dreams & aspirations, used Lego to build a rich picture of our future which made it tangible and easier to explain to others, followed by an exploration session expertly guided by Alison.

Our participant feedback was fantastic with everyone leaving with a better idea of what they could do and more importantly what they need to do to take the first step(s) in exploring this further.

‘I thought I would turn up on the course and Alison would give me all the answers, but she didn’t! Instead she gave me all the questions to follow and in fact I got all the answers from the two people I sat next to, which gave me ideas for next steps and future steps. If this was a traditional course I wouldn’t have got there!’
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Alison gave me the verbal tools to get to my answers and we spoke about the right things.  She got me thinking differently to what I normally think.’ 
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‘It’s an environment that allows people to have an open conversation, and everyone in the group is thinking the same, which allowed me to put my guard down and be honest with a stranger about who I am, what I don’t want to do,  and who I want to be and that’s liberating as you don’t do that even with your family!’
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We were lucky to be supported by local business Walsh Vehicle Management who provide a local mobile engineering service and can manage all of your vehicle needs. This support allows Multiple Minds to provide affordable workshops for local people. Follow @walshvm for a chance to receive one of their free giveaways!
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Keeping your kids safe in the Digital World

It is not just through social media that your kids can communicate with others online. In the last 5 years, the demand to supply in-built user engagement has increased and now gaming platforms, shopping channels, and more have opportunities for people to connect with each other digitally.   On Friday

It is not just through social media that your kids can communicate with others online. In the last 5 years, the demand to supply in-built user engagement has increased and now gaming platforms, shopping channels, and more have opportunities for people to connect with each other digitally.

 
On Friday 18th November Bobi Robson, Surbiton based digital communication expert, shared her thoughts, advice and raised a great debate with parents on the types of platforms and apps kids are using:

Messaging:
WhatsApp, Google Hangouts
Sharing:
SnapChat, Instagram, and Tumblr, YouTube
Gaming:
Xbox Live + Playstation network
Gaming Social Networks:
like Chat Roulette
Gaming apps:
such as Mine Craft as well as Bingo and other gambling apps
Platform Safety procedures:
Most social networking sites have a minimum age of 13
Many allow users to block and report posts that they feel are risky
Privacy settings
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The group discussion that followed Bobi’s talk raised parental concerns regarding child safety from grooming, bullying, viewing inappropriate material, screen addiction and setting usage rules and offered insights into what strategies have worked for others– such as, getting kids to teach parents about the online world to update their skills and open up a dialogue about use.
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Bobi suggested a few great resources too!
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Thank you Surbiton Racket & Fitness club for hosting and providing free refreshments!
More Multiple Minds ‘Family Focused’ sessions are planned for 2017! Get in touch if you want to know more contact@multipleminds.co.uk

 

 

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Generating Business Ideas with Fiona Quinn

  Fiona inspired our audience with three main techniques for generating business ideas at our session held on Tuesday 27th June. We heard about Lean Start-Ups: how to easily and effectively embark on a business idea without applying a traditional business model structure. Fiona explained how to invest your time

 

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Fiona inspired our audience with three main techniques for generating business ideas at our session held on Tuesday 27th June.

We heard about Lean Start-Ups: how to easily and effectively embark on a business idea without applying a traditional business model structure. Fiona explained how to invest your time by testing and iterating business ideas to meet the needs of early customers, without pouring a huge amount of time, money and effort into a project. We also heard that if you want to turn your passion into a business, think of your autonomy – your time and constraints – and if you need any skill development.

Fiona proposed using ‘effectuation’ to make your business idea a reality: what do I have right now in terms of skills and resources to start on a new venture? How can we use existing or new contacts to collaborate for the skills we are lacking and need to make our business successful?

 

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Fiona used a practical exercise with building blocks focused on the market we are trying to reach, the team we have or can find and any skills we have or need to buy in, to be able to realise a business vision. This 3-pillar approach can then be used to find new ideas based on available resources and effective collaborations.

The first steps to start you on your journey are to talk to potential customers (what are their needs, who is your ideal customer etc) and test your product or service. Finally, explore ‘why do you want to start a business?’ and explore the criteria of this idea for it’s suitability FOR YOU.

Fiona’s recommendation is ‘go make it happen!’ and we couldn’t agree more. After all, with all the opportunities available around us, this is the time to start exploring your business ideas and make them a reality. Small to midsize businesses drive the nation’s economy and we’ve seen numerous small start-ups disrupt entire industries!

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