With this year’s Great British Bake Off well underway, Torbay residents are set to showcase their own baking prowess at the Growing Connections project thanks to Sanctuary Housing and Play Torbay, giving them the chance to take part in Cook for Life sessions.
At the free workshops in September participants can gain culinary qualifications in food safety, as well as getting involved in garden crafts and developing green skills to grow their own food.
Tasty bake off
The classes will culminate in an exciting bake off at the end of September, where residents can pit their gastronomic talents against each other before everyone can enjoy the delicious fare.
Tara Acton, Play Torbay’s project leader for the venture, said: “These courses give the community the chance to build up vital cooking and garden skills, and thanks to Sanctuary’s support we are able to reach even more residents across the Bay.
“We’ve got lots more things coming up next year, including seed bombs, wild flower trails and garden sharing schemes, so watch this space.”
Sanctuary’s head of neighbourhood partnerships, Alison Kenny, added: “Growing Connections is helping our residents develop really useful skills and gain valuable food qualifications which will be of real benefit in the future, as well as supporting them to become part of a more sustainable community.
“I would urge as many residents as possible to join in with this community-led project.”
All residents are welcome to come along to the free Growing Connections Cook for Life workshops, which take place on Tuesdays 8, 15 and 22 September at Queen Elizabeth Drive community centre from 1.30-3.30pm and at Foxhole community centre from 1-3pm.
Weekly play sessions are available at Wild Fox every Saturday 10am-1pm, and at Queen Elizabeth Drive concrete gardens every other Tuesday from 4-6pm.
To book a place contact Tara Acton by calling 07730 792431 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Under 8s should be accompanied by an adult.
Funding for Growing Connections came from the People’s Health Trust.