Hostel residents receive cookery courses

Residents at the Salvation Army hostel in Newcastle have been receiving cookery courses as part of a community initiative backed by Jamie Oliver.

The ten week course has been provided by staff from East End Health and has focus edon teaching the residents the fundamentals of how to cook meals for themselves.

The staff from East End Health have all been on the training courses at the Ministry of Food to enable them to teach simple cookery skills to people who are looking to create meals on a tight budget.

One of the community food trainers explained that the team visit places such as schools, hostels and community centers to teach pensioners, single mums, youngsters and anybody else who is interested, the fundamental skills required to prepare meals for themselves.

East End Health are the only organisation that deliver the Ministry of Food cooking courses in the area and they’re the only orgaisation in the country that provides the training using an outreach model.

One resident, who has been living at the Salvation Army hostel since the spring, was quick to acknowledge the success of the initiative. He explained that as well as enjoying the cookery course, he has learned a great deal and will hopefully have the opportunity to put his knowledge into practice before too long. Another long term resident admitted to finding the course ‘quite relaxing’.

Residents who successfully complete the course will be presented with a certificate which should improve their chances of securing future employment.

A spokesman for the Salvation Army was also pleased with the impact that the cooking courses had made. He explained that they have been really popular with the residents who are learning life skills that they will find really useful when they leave the hostel.

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