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Get your community cooking in 2018 with an exciting opportunity from Let's Cook

15 January 2018

Calling early years providers, schools, and community & voluntary groups in the High Wycombe and Aylesbury areas – why not take advantage of an exciting new opportunity to get free training to set up your own cooking club and get your community enjoying the health, social, and cost-saving benefits of cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients.

The Let's Cook Project, working with the Buckinghamshire Waste Partnership, would like to invite two representatives from your setting or organisation to attend an initial two-day training event in February (dates below) which will equip them with the skills and knowledge to set up and lead your own cooking club which will offer cooking sessions in your own community.

Training will include:

  • Plenty of practical cooking and food preparation tips
  • Food hygiene and practical ways of ensuring safe practice
  • Demonstration techniques and solutions for running successful cooking sessions
  • Understanding allergies, special dietary needs and religious requirements
  • The Eatwell Guide and how to promote a healthier lifestyle
  • How to reduce food waste with tips on menu planning, smart shopping, portion size, batch cooking and freezing.

In addition, Let's Cook will provide your setting or organisation with £300 to help you set up your cooking club.

They will also be providing a follow up day later in 2018 to give you all a chance to celebrate your successes and share your achievements and even more tips, tricks and ideas for keeping your community cooking and finding sources of funding.

Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment, and lead Member for the Waste Partnership, said: "We're so pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to help bring cooking skills into your local community – home-cooked food is a great opportunity for sharing and socialising, and can help you move to a healthier lifestyle. We also know that the ability to cook from scratch can help reduce the amount of food we waste, and thus cut the cost of eating well".

There are only spaces for ten clubs in each area, so book up now - places are likely to fill up fast.

For more information or to register interest please email – james.shepherd@letscookproject.org 

Dates and locations:

Aylesbury : Tue 20th & Wed 21st Feb 2018 10am - 3.30pm
Aylesbury Multicultural Centre, Friarscroft Way

Wycombe: Tue 27th & Wed 28th Feb 2018 10am - 3.30pm
West Wycombe Village Hall

About the Let’s Cook Project

The Let’s Cook Project is a community interest company that is on a mission to equip the nation with the skills, knowledge and confidence to cook from scratch.

The Let’s Cook Project provides training and support for organisations running cooking activities for children, young people and adults. They have adapted their healthy cooking programme model to reach and inspire specific target audiences. Examples include early years’ professionals and families with pre-school children, men aged 20-40 in areas of deprivation, university students, people with mental health problems, children with special educational needs, intergenerational work with older and young people cooking together and many others. 

The team, made up of qualified chefs, home economists and nutritionists, contributed to training and supporting more than 5,000 school-based and community cooking clubs as regional managers for the Let’s Get Cooking clubs in every local authority in England. The Let’s Get Cooking programme impacted on over three million people across England. 

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