Health Champions donate cooker to St Peter’s to fire up community cooking

Social enterprise company Health Champions has donated a cooker to St Peter’s Church hall, to be used by community groups as well as its ‘Cooking with Confidence’ course participants.

The free courses have been running at the hall in Bowness Avenue, Sompting, for over a year and are funded by Adur and Worthing Wellbeing Service.Rev Erika Howard Debbie Lomas Katie Torode Karen Dennison

They are attended by adults and parents on a low income, adults who lack cooking skills, carers, isolated men, older bereaved men, young mothers and unemployed adults who gain valuable work experience.

St Peter’s Church has given the hall free of charge and many of its congregation have attended and supported the courses by donating herbs and spices and helping to publicise the sessions.The church has also donated starter packs with herbs and spoons for each participant, donated from the Penfold Charity that serves St Peter’s.

Health Champions director Karen Dennison said: “We are extremely grateful to all the support given by the congregation of St Peter’s, so when their cooker was looking a bit worse for wear, we decided to step in and fund a new one. It’s already been put to good use, which is great!”

Rev Erika Howard from St Peter’s Church, said: “Working with Health Champions has been a great partnership and the new cooker benefits all the community groups which use the hall, which is a real bonus to the people of Sompting village.”

The next ‘Cooking with Confidence’ courses at St Peter’s will start on January 9 – sessions will run at 10-12am or 12- 2pm.

The six-week courses are for people who need a confidence boost in the kitchen and offer hands-on help for creating easy, low-cost and healthy meals.

They are aimed at individuals, parents and carers living in the Worthing areas, in a bid to encourage people to cook more often. The course is open to everyone who wants to improve cooking skills, learn new recipes or just get ideas for meals.

Participants learn:
• cookery skills to prepare healthier meals
• confidence in the kitchen
• budgeting for healthy meals
• meal ideas for those living alone, as well as families and carers
• healthy meal ideas, and how to adapt traditional recipes to make them healthier.

Included are free ingredients, as well as tasty recipes, with course participants cooking and eating the meals together at each session. There is also the option of taking home extra portions.

Other free courses include:
• For people wanting to lose weight for health reasons – ‘Cooking for Health’ starting January 11, from 6pm to 8pm, Worthing High School, South Farm Road, Worthing.
‘Cook and Eat’ – for people from the Adur area, starting January 11, 10-12am, Fishersgate Children and Family Centre, West Road, Portslade.