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Residents pick up cookery tips thanks to funding from Weymouth Town Council

The Friendly Food Club successfully applied for a Weymouth Town Council community grant of just over £1,100. They used it to buy slow cookers, air fryers, pressure cookers, and microwaves to be used in cookery workshops and food education and skills sessions they run in the community.

This includes friendly and social cooking programmes for disadvantaged and marginalised adults and children, as well as for older and vulnerable groups. The sessions differ from teaching cookery skills to healthy eating. 

In total, 31 households have benefitted from the scheme, both adults and children. Over a period of six months, 24 individuals have attended two sets of six-week courses held at St Francis Church in Littlemoor.

The Friendly Food Club say the grant has helped people to learn how to use new kitchen equipment and other important life skills around cooking. 

Some of the them said: 

“I’ve learned lots of different ideas.”  

“I’ve loved learning to cook with cheap, fresh ingredients.” 

“The recipes are amazing and easy to do.” 

“I like that recipes can be adapted to different cooking appliances.” 

CEO of The Friendly Food Club, Liz Guilmant-Cush, said: “The Friendly Food Club team has been overwhelmed by the positive feedback from the participants, particularly their improvement in confidence and cooking skills.   

“Many of them have told us how much more they cook because of their new slow cooker or air fryer. We are thankful to Weymouth Town Council for seeing the benefits to giving such a grant and working in collaboration with other funders to achieve long-lasting changes for many households.” 

Got a good idea that needs help getting off the ground? Weymouth Town Council’s grant scheme aims to benefit worthy community, voluntary and charitable organisations in the local area with grants up to £500, and grants over £500. The money can cover the cost of new projects, equipment, events or training. Click here for more information on how to apply. 

Cookery class in action, pictured left


Notes to Editors 

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