Another very popular area of learning. We are developing an on-going programme in this area, which involves promoting an understanding of dietary requirements, upholding a balanced diet, understanding the importance of healthy foods, and learning how this will contribute to our overall health and wellbeing.
Service users will sometimes cook main meals to take home to show off their skills. They also get to bake delicious cakes, biscuits and other goodies to sell at our Coffee Mornings which we hold on the last Friday of each month. This is a brilliant experience for our service users to work with the public, use money skills as well as food handling. The money made from cake sales goes towards buying new equipment and bits for the kitchen.
Our service users benefit a lot from what goes on in the kitchen, not only do they get to try new foods, but they also learn many life skills like preparing and cooking food, cleaning away, food storage and the importance of personal hygiene and food hygiene. They also learn how to look after the kitchen and how to take care of the appliances.
Service users are given the chance to try alternatives, to discover healthier options and to learn that healthy food does not have to be boring or flavourless!
We have a large well-equipped kitchen providing the opportunity to gain or further develop skills – preparation of food, cooking, learning about good and not so good foods to eat, gaining confidence, and increasing independence in health and safety in the kitchen. Small groups of 4 to 6 with one-to-one support if necessary, depending on ability.