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Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Health and also in Housing

Salix Homes tenants cook up a storm Salix Homes tenants cook up a storm

Social housing tenants can learn how to make their food budget stretch further with free, healthy cooking classes.

Social housing provider Salix Homes has once again teamed up with the health improvement team at Salford City Council and top chef Ray Jones to teach tenants how to prepare nutritious meals on a shoestring.

Salix Homes first piloted the cooking course for tenants last year and is bringing it back again this year after participants said they’d seen their food bills decrease.

During the five-week course, chef Ray, who works at Tameside College, will teach participants how to cook healthy meals for the whole family on a tight budget.

As part of the course participants will produce recipe books to take home so they can rustle up some mouth watering meals for their families using fresh ingredients.

It is hoped the free classes will encourage those taking part to cook healthy meals at home and share what they have learnt with their friends, families and neighbours.

Sue Sutton, director of customer and neighbourhood services at Salix Homes, said: “We first held our budget cooking course last year and it was a great success. Those that took part said they’d noticed their shopping bills come down and they were eating healthier, so we are thrilled to be once again working alongside Salford City Council and talented chef Ray Jones to provide these cooking courses for our tenants.

“With the impact of the Government’s Welfare Reforms really starting to bite now, we know it can be difficult to produce nutritious and hearty meals for the family when money is already tight, but we want to show people that it is possible to eat healthily while living on a budget.”

Salix Homes’ Money Advice Team will also be speaking to attendees about how to make their shopping budget stretch further and where to go to get the best deals on food.

And two lucky participants will also get the chance to obtain a certificate in Food and Hygiene.

The classes will be held at Ordsall Community Café in Tatton Street on Wednesdays from 5pm to 6pm, starting on February 19.

The classes are free and all ingredients and cooking utensils will be provided. To book your place call Mary Rolfe on 0161 7798965, email mary.rolfe@salixhomes.org or Nilofer Shaikh on 07748 144232 or Nilofer.shaikh@salford.gov.uk

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