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Coca-Cola caters for Dundee women’s plans

5by20An initiative run by Coca-Cola to empower five million women by 2020 has launched in Scotland for the first time.

Coca-Cola Great Britain, working in partnership with local charity, Showcase the Street, is giving a group of Dundee women the help they need to set up a catering business.

The 5by20 programme offers a six-week intensive course and is run at a custom-built facility within the charity’s complex which has been transformed into The Coke Café.

The investment from Coca-Cola Great Britain has helped create a new kitchen and classroom facilities.  The launch follows a successful pilot which saw six women put through their paces.

Jennifer Grubb, one of the participants, said: “I have always dreamed of launching an online community where people can share healthy, family focused recipes and resources and was excited to hear the programme had started on my doorstep. I have learned so much during the six weeks and I can’t wait to get started.

Charlotte Oades, Coca-Colas global director of women’s economic empowerment, said: “We hope the course will give women the practical skills, as well as the confidence to go on and make their dreams a reality.

“The 5by20 programme touches women across the world; from Brazil to Indonesia, and it’s great to see it come to Scotland.”

Showcase the Street leader Fergus Storrier said: “Our work is targeted at making the lives of people in our community better.

“The legacy from the investment in Dundee will be long-term as the coffee shop will eventually allow the project to become self-sustaining and, in turn, will continue to support local women to achieve positive results in the future.”

The next course will get under way in mid-October with further course dates to be announced.

Photo: Petra Boznik, Tanya Meager, Dee Dewar (chef), Jennifer Grubb, Rosie Fraser (contributed)

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