Community cooking is a project being developed as part of the Westbank Healthy Neighbourhoods project. Volunteers support approximately eight participants to cook healthy food, to cook on a budget, to cook for one or more and create tasty dishes from leftovers as part of a small volunteer team. The aim of the project is to improve the social, mental and physical well-being of people in the community who may lack confidence in cooking skills, feel isolated or be going through a tough time and will benefit from being part of a social group all learning cooking skills together. 

What is not involved

Intensive commitment; these are likely to be no more than fortnightly sessions 11am-2pm. 

What is involved

Deciding as part of your team what the themes for each session will be i.e. hearty soups for winter or picnic food in the summer; one volunteer will arrange to get ingredients before the session; guiding participants with kitchen hygiene and safety and preparation of dishes; setting up and clearing away; eating together and socialising.

Qualities and Skills involved

  • Basic knowledge of healthy eating and food hygiene principles (full training is given) and cooking skills
  • Ability to encourage and enable other people as part of a small team
  • Patient and understanding especially of those who have never cooked before

Volunteers are needed to help with these sessions in Budleigh Salterton, Exeter, Cullompton and Tiverton.

For more information

Please contact Katheryn Hope on t: 01395 446896 or e: [email protected]