Community cookery courses

These low-cost or free courses help people gain vital cooking skills which can lead to a greater sense of well-being and confidence. We want everyone to benefit from learning about and sharing good food.

Community cookery courses are only available to specific groups or individuals in the community – we currently run courses for people with dementia, learning disabilities and mental health issues. The community courses are run by the Food Partnership team and will typically run on a weekday for a number of weeks.

Older people cookingDementia Friendly Cookery Course
Cooking, eating and spending time preparing a meal can be a wonderful activity to help bring back happy memories of the past or previous knowledge. At our cookery sessions, participants get involved in preparing a healthy meal, with different dishes each week. We then eat the food together as a shared lunch. This course runs for 8 weeks.

 

kids cooking

Heart Health Cookery for People with Learning Disabilities
This course is for people with learning disabilities and their carers to learn about heart health, cooking healthily and undertaking exercise. There will also be opportunities to visit a garden to pick fresh produce and shopping trips focussing on healthy food. The group will cook and share a meal together with a range of simple accessible recipes available to take home. This course runs for 7 weeks.

Cooking for Wellbeing
People living with anxiety and depression can benefit greatly from gaining the skills needed to cook healthy food. Throughout the course a range of topics are explored including the link between diet and mental wellbeing whilst giving the opportunity to enjoy cooking and eating food in a positive social environment. This course runs for 5 weeks.

 

Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food
The Community Kitchen has received support from the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, in order to offer the Ministry of Food course. The eight-week course focuses on providing basic kitchen and food skills in a fun and engaging way. The classes use Jamie Oliver recipes and resources, specifically developed with nutrition and balance in mind. We are working with partner organisations in the city to identify people who could benefit from gaining these vital life skills.

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