Get your apron on for free lessons to help with cooking
A COMMUNITY group is offering free healthy cooking lessons for adults and children.
Stapleford Community Group will hold the sessions to teach people how to give their family a healthy meal at home.
The lessons will be held over four weeks at Montrose Court Community Centre, off Melbourne Road, Stapleford, for groups of eight.
Organiser Richard MacRae said: “Unfortunately the only good meal some children in Stapleford get is at school.
“We want to change this by teaching both adults and children that cooking a healthy meal is not hard and doesn’t have to be expensive.
“This is the first time something like this has been held in this area and I really think that it is needed.
“We will hold two sessions, one for children and one for adults, and once the places are filled we will confirm the time and date.
“Anyone is welcome to join in, all they have to do is get in touch.”
In Stapleford North the number of children living in poverty under 16-years-old is 29.9 per cent and it is hoped that teaching people to cook will help to bring this number down.
The cooking lessons have been funded by Stapleford Care Centre, Church Street, and their staff will be taking the one-and-a-half hour classes each week.
Public health nutritionist Rebecca Whittaker said: “The course is designed to be a fun interactive programme where participants will gain lots of tips and advice on nutrition and cooking on a budget.
“Each week we will learn to cook quick, nutritious family meals which are both healthy and taste great.
“On the menu will be a variety of meals such as muffin pizzas, curries, sweet and sour stir fry as well as fruit scones.
“With both obesity levels rising and the cost of food increasing it is important that we help show people how easy it can be to make healthier choices and build confidence in preparing and cooking meals from basic, budget friendly ingredients.
“We are really looking forward to working with the community of Montrose Court and hope that it is the start of many more courses to come in the area.”
Some people have already signed up to classes and believe that it could make a real difference to families in the area.
Student Lauren Chappell, 22, of Melbourne Road, Stapleford, said: “This is a great idea and with it being free people will have no excuse not to get involved.
“I think the reason why people don’t cook at home is because they are either lazy or have a lack of education.”
For more information or to book your place call Richard MacRae on 07740344427 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.