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Slow cooking sensations ready for spring

12 April 2018
(L to R) Enid Taylor, Janet Revell, Marilyn Sheppard, Wendy Key, Ellen O'Shea, Alan Commander and Susan Bedford

Shiregreen residents have built up new culinary skills ready for slow cooking healthily this spring.

Slow cooker training

Thanks to funding from Sanctuary Housing and regeneration charity SOAR, two groups of local people have taken part in a slow cooker training course delivered by community food project Blend.

Residents of all ages

The training attracted residents of all ages and from all walks of life, with the most recent course taking place at Sycamore Heights, one of Sanctuary’s over 55s housing schemes in Shiregreen.

Residents at Sycamore Heights demonstrated their slow cookery skills when several of the course participants came together to make a stew to share with their neighbours.

All residents who completed the courses received a free slow cooker to take home.

“A future career in the culinary sector”

Melanie King, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, commented: “It’s great to hear that so many of our residents have built up cookery skills to help them create tasty, healthy dishes at home.

“I feel confident that their new abilities will also help some of the participants to secure a future career in the culinary sector.”

“All of the participants were very enthusiastic”

Blend’s Chris Hanson added: “Both courses went really well and all of the participants were very enthusiastic about learning how to slow cook.

“The impromptu move instigated by the residents at Sycamore Heights to prepare a slow-cooked meal for their neighbours shows how the course has brought the people living there closer together.

“I’m looking forward to working on further projects with Sanctuary to benefit even more local residents.”

These projects were funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities, and by SOAR as part of Firth Park/Shiregreen People Keeping Well.