Rochford residents are to get lessons in cooking nutritious meals on a budget in a scheme to boost health and well-being across the district.
Footprints Community Group is running 10 Healthy Eating on a Budget sessions at St Mark’s Hall in Rochford after receiving a donation from Sanctuary Housing.
The classes are aimed at young people and parents, who will learn a range of important skills including picking the healthiest ingredients, how to budget for weekly family meals and how to save money on food shopping bills by making dishes from scratch.
Latest figures show 67.6 per cent of adults and 28.9 per cent of 10-11 year old children are overweight or obese in Rochford, according to the Essex Joint Strategic Needs Assessment in May 2016.
Chris Silvey, Sanctuary Housing’s resident involvement officer for Rochford, said: “We want to help our residents lead happy and healthy lives and these new sessions will give some of them the chance to learn valuable cooking skills that could result in them eating more healthily and also help their money go further.”
Jo McPherson, a volunteer with Footprints Community Group, said: “Thanks to funding from Sanctuary Housing, we can help residents gain a greater understanding of the benefits of healthy eating on a budget and learn new cooking skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”
The project is supported by Sanctuary Housing through its Maureen’s Gift fund, which gives donations to charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations in need of financial help to deliver community activities. It was set up in 2011 in memory of local community champion and former chairperson of the local board in Rochford, Maureen Vince.
To apply or find out more about the fund, contact Sanctuary, quoting Maureen’s Gift, on either 0300 123 3511 or 0800 131 3348. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.