FoodWise teamed up with Burpham Football Club to cook for older people in the local community this weekend.
Around thirty guests gathered at Burpham church on Sunday evening to enjoy a home cooked meal of cottage pie and apple and blackberry crumble, brought to them by Burpham FC players including Edward Murphy, Christopher Jackson and coach Scott Kemp.
Barbie, one of the guests, commented, ‘It was lovely to see the Burpham Football guys and we really appreciate the hours that have gone into preparing all the delicious food."
FoodWise is delighted to have Burpham Footballers working alongside them to highlight the charity’s work. Scott commented "It’s great to give something back and reach out in the local community. This kind of partnership working is a great way to build bridges. It doesn’t have to always be about money, it’s also about giving your time.”
Edward Murphy and Scott Kemp from Burpham Football Club with Gracie Luke and Ruth Boughton from FoodWise.
FoodWise has had a great time working with Broadmere Primary Academy this year. The school is located in Sheerwater where child poverty levels are as high as 34%.
In the summer term our Food Coach Gracie worked with Year 4 and 6 children teaching healthy eating and making delicious vegetable curry and ratatouille. The children took great pride in taking home their cooking for dinner. The children learnt about where food comes from, what’s good for us, and how simple it is to cook up a healthy meal with a few basic ingredients. We were delighted to have feedback from the kids including ‘Can we do this again?’ ‘ It was amazing.’ and a great tip from one of them ‘If you make something you’ve never tried, try it, it could be nice!’. The children even got bags of the ingredients to take home at the end of term so they could make the meal again over the holidays.
We followed this up with some family lunches in the summer holidays, hosted at St Michael’s Church, just opposite the school. These were open to all families in the community. Fun activities included making place mats and chopping fruit, before joining together for a healthy lunch. We received lovely comments about the welcoming, friendly atmosphere and it was great to work in partnership with St Michael’s and Christ Church Woking, to reach out to our local community.
Linda Aston, food coach, explains how FoodWise TLC cookery classes are about more than just cooking with stories from our first three courses.
Our first course was held at The Lighthouse in Woking. This venue is used for all sorts of community activities, so there is a great atmosphere as soon as you walk through the door. The first class was small and proved a great opportunity to pilot the course. Our ‘food rookies’ as I like to call them, came into the kitchen not really knowing what to expect, but by the end of that first class they had been put at their ease and were clearly enjoying what they were doing. Of course I want people to learn new cooking skills, but it is even more important that they are relaxed and don’t feel under pressure. No minimum level of cooking skills is required and I aim to give course participants as much or as little assistance as they require. On this first course, at one end of the spectrum one of the rookies couldn’t cut an onion, while another was able to follow the recipe unaided.
Our second course was held at St Pauls in Maybury. The group was made up of Asian ladies, who were already accomplished cooks. They wanted to experiment with a wider range of dishes to feed their children. Every FoodWise course is adapted to the needs of our food rookies, so the planned menus for this group included vegetarian family meals, such as cannelloni and pasta bake. This time it was my turn to learn a valuable lesson! My first recipe used aubergine, which it turned out these ladies only use for medicinal purposes. They were very gracious about my mistake and it was certainly a conversation starter that led to a better understanding of each other’s cultural heritage. Some of the best conversations are had over coffee at the end of each session before meals are packed up to take home - an extra meal that costs our food rookies nothing is always welcome.
The third course, run at St Michaels in Sheerwater, was a group of young mums. Here the challenge was childcare. Extra volunteers looked after the children to allow these mums to focus on the cooking and enjoy quality time knowing their children were happily playing. We are so grateful to our host partners who not only provide cooking facilities, but other invaluable support that enables us to run FoodWise courses. Long after the FoodWise course is over local volunteers continue to provide on-going support for people who want it.
As you can see no two FoodWise courses are ever the same, but food, fun and friendship are guaranteed.
This month we have courses running at The Lighthouse in Woking, New Life Church in Old Woking and Westborough United Reformed Church. Sign up for a course or speak to me about setting one up near you. (Linda on 07891 168432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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