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Stay at home, learn to cook and save lives in Manchester

Healthy Me Healthy Communities, a Manchester social-enterprise, are launching a ‘Home Cooking Club’ from their community food hub at the No 93 Centre, Harpurhey.

The Home Cooking Club, working with Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Trust and funded by the National Lottery will provide weekly recipe boxes for people whose mental health has been affected by lockdown and self-shielding.

The scheme hopes to support residents to improve their cooking skills, eat well and live well.

Julie Thornhill, Community Food Hub Manager, says: “We are very excited to launch the Home Cooking Club and this project will provide people with the skills to prepare meals from scratch and being able to cook for yourself or your family is one of the most valuable life skills”.

The recipes will include some food donated by Fareshare Greater Manchester: “The recipes will help people to be thrifty with ingredients making them go further whilst reducing food waste”.

The Home Cooking Club will support 50 people experiencing social isolation, mental health difficulties, and other long-term health conditions.  Each cohort will run for 6 weeks with every participant receiving a Home Cooking Club bag containing a recipe card, ingredients and equipment-box to enable them to cook the recipe.

Each week the club will share their videos, pictures and feedback of the recipe and have contact with the Community Food Hub Manager who will offer encouragement and help along the way.

For more information, please contact Julie Thornhill, Community Food Hub Manager by emailing or calling 07305053660

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