16 Dec 2015

Cookery course promotes healthy eating on a budget

Seven people have completed a healthy eating cookery course in Matson, Gloucester, thanks to Gloucestershire County Council's Healthy Together grant scheme.

The five-week course, run by GreenSquare's Housing Support team, showed people how to cook healthy meals on a budget and gave people the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification. 

James Aldridge, Community Involvement Officer at GreenSquare, said: “With food prices continuing to rise, people are increasingly in need of the skills to be able to produce good, nutritious and tasty food on a budget. This course has taught the participants everything they need to know – from shopping on a budget to food preparation and how to follow simple recipes using healthy ingredients.

"We're delighted that everyone who took part seemed to really enjoy it - we were particularly pleased that two people who successfully completed the course a couple of weeks ago, volunteered to work alongside our cooking team to help deliver the sessions in Matson. It's been a good opportunity for everyone to learn new cooking skills and to meet some new people too."

The Healthy Together grant scheme supports health and wellbeing priorities in each district area in Gloucestershire. Thanks to the scheme, GreenSquare has also run the weekly course in the Forest of Dean and Tewkesbury, with plans to run further courses in the New Year. 

Tim Lane, Commissioning Officer (Public Health) from Gloucestershire County Council  attended the final session on 10 December to hand out certificates and a free bag of essential food items to the participants who have successfully completed the course. 

Tim said: "I’m proud to be involved in the cookery course and I look forward to meeting the group to recognise what they have achieved.”

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for Public Health at Gloucestershire County Council, said, "I was very pleased to hear about the cookery course set up by GreenSquare and this was precisely the sort of idea we intended to support when we launched Healthy Together. Their work has helped to teach people how to cook and eat healthier, giving them new skills and tips they can pass on to their friends and family.”

The Healthy Together scheme is based on grant funding of £10,000 per electoral division which is pooled, and used to support health and wellbeing priorities identified in each district area.

The Healthy Together Grants programme succeeded in attracting 99 applications with a good spread across the county. The six district based Member panels met in February this year to allocate the funding. A list of the projects who received funding and more information on Healthy Together can be found at http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/healthytogether.

 

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