Lunch club for people with learning difficulties

"I've been cooking at home for my brother – I'm so surprised that people like the food I make!"

Lunch Club is an 8 week cookery course for people with mild learning difficulties who live alone and get little or no support.  Once a week we cook and eat a nutritious lunch together.

We know that being able to cook at home is a vital part of staying healthy, and cooking with others is a great way to relax, get out of the house and meet people. According to recent research both of these things can be more difficult for people with mild learning difficulties.

We've just finished our 6th Lunch Club and have worked with over 50 people, from all over the city, with a wide variety of ages and support needs. We've cooked and eaten a lot of delicious food!

The Fed in Brighton report that people with mild learning disabilities who live independently tend to be 'very isolated (and) lack connections with other people. They need more support and information to carry out healthy lifestyle choices about eating and exercise'.  

This was echoed nationally by Public Health England who reported in 2012 that '31% of adults with learning disabilities had no contact with friends (compared to just 3% of adults without learning disabilities). And that people with learning disabilities are much more likely to be either underweight or obese than the general population.' Report available here

So in September 2012, to help to address these problems, we set up Lunch Club in partnership with Speak Out advocacy organisation.

If you want to come to Lunch Club, know anyone else who would like to come or want more information, contact Anna Schwarz on  or 01273 431711

You can also download an accessible application form and details about the next lunch club here.