Housing association uses cooking courses to build confidence

The Regenda Group has introduced an innovative new programme which uses cooking courses to help develop the life skills and confidence of its residents.

Regenda believes that many of its residents are keen to improve their lives but lack either the confidence or the knowledge to succeed. The cookery course aims to help by challenging the participants to learn basic cookery skills during interactive workshops and also encouraging them to join personal improvement sessions.

The first cookery course was held at Limehurst Village Trust in Oldham. Twelve local residents completed the twelve-week programme which focused on teaching hands-on cookery skills alongside topics such as menu planning and health and safety.

The courses made use of neuro-linguistic coaching and programming techniques to give the participants a number of tools to help them in their everyday lives.

One of the participants explained that the course surpassed their expectations. As well as learning to cook they learnt how to combat their fears in a sustainable way. They went on to explain that the course helped them to bring out their confidence and led them to feel happy with a desire to pass on what they have learnt.

This sentiment was echoed by other participants who found the course so useful that they have formed a group to undertake community wide projects.

With support from Regenda the participants have developed a constitution and are now planning to apply for local funding to support community projects.

The group hopes to help develop the Limehurst Village allotment site. It plans to encourage local residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

The Regenda Group describes itself as more than just a Housing Association. By developing innovative community projects and using its expertise in shared-ownership it aims to help make the North-West a nicer place to live.

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