New initiative gets Smirthwaite estate cooking

Published 12 November 2014

A new healthy eating initiative has been launched in Normanton, showing people on the Swirthwaite Estate that cooking good food at home is cheap and easy.

The five-week Cook and Eat programme, run by WDH and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, focuses on teaching participants healthy recipes that can be prepared with common household foods.

Last week saw the first session start, with participants learning about food hygiene and how to cook soups and savoury muffins. 

John Cuthbertson, who lives on the estate, found out about the programme through his involvement in the Smirthwaite residents’ group which he joined in June. He said:  “I signed up because I enjoy cooking and thought it’d be a good opportunity to try new things and meet new people. I’ve already taken part in a home maintenance course through WDH’s Community Learning Programme, so thought this might be also be good.”

Claire Secker, WDH’s Tenant Involvement Officer, said: “This is the first time we’ve brought our cook and eat sessions to Normanton so if they prove successful, we’d like to continue running them in the area.  For people living alone or on a budget, they’re really good because they teach you about making healthy food in bulk so you can freeze it and re-heat it on a later date.”

To find out more about the scheme, contact Claire on 01977 788384 or email csecker@wdh.co.uk




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