New course gets parents cooking
Published by Hywel LLoyd for Merlin Housing Society in Housing and also in Communities, Health
Community Investment Officer Kay Rose with Merlin residents Clare Rossiter and Catherine Percy at the Cooking 4 Families course
Young mums in Cadbury Heath are cooking up a treat thanks to a new course funded by Merlin Housing Society.
Cooking 4 Families has launched a 12-week course for parents and carers with young children to teach them cooking skills and how to plan and budget for meals. Under the guidance of a qualified chef they are also learning skills to safely work in a kitchen and gaining a better understanding of nutrition.
Margaret Slucutt, Chair of Cooking 4 Families, which has also received support from the Yapp Charitable Trust, said: “It is fantastic to hear parents talking about the difference this course is making and how it is enabling them to grow their confidence in cooking.
“Many parents get ready meals as they see them as a quick and simple solution but making meals from scratch can be just as quick, more nutritious and a cheaper option. With money tight it is important we help parents budget and feel positive they are doing the best for their children. Already we are planning our next course, in the autumn, and have names on our waiting list. We are delighted that by working with other local agencies we can make a real difference.”
Kay Rose, Community Investment Officer at Merlin Housing Society, said: “We’re delighted to support Cooking 4 Families. With Jamie Oliver and Steven Gerrard calling for cookery classes in schools, there’s a real need across the whole country to get people eating healthily. Unfortunately some people feel that they can’t afford to cook themselves or that they don’t have time. This course is a great way for families to learn that healthy eating is not only good for you, but it’s affordable and can be fun as well.”
Cooking 4 Families see many opportunities for this course including running it in other parts of South Gloucestershire as well as helping young people learn skills as they leave home through to widowers who often haven’t learnt cooking skills, plus many other ideas.