H3 has partnered with 4Lunch to run 2 six week cookery course with individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Stockport.
4Lunch is a social enterprise that runs cookery courses, street food markets and catering for communities in Manchester. The mission of 4Lunch is to create social change within local communities by unlocking the power of food and to inspire people to increase their wellbeing.
The courses focused on ‘Food and Mood’ and addressed how the food we consume shapes our mood and influences our mental health. This really resonated with service users who began to think differently about the food eat on a typical day and how it made them feel.
We used fresh ingredients each week and everything was cooked from scratch with lots of fun and colourful foods. We even made healthy take away favourites one week, which was a real hit! The recipes were designed to be accessible to the group and everything could be made on a budget.
The sessions saw repeat engagement from 25 people, including parents and children. This enabled services users to cook as a family, and allowed parents to pick up lots of healthy recipes and skills that they could transfer and use to cook for their children outside of the sessions.
The aim of the course was to help service users think differently about the food they consume and we have seen a real positive impact from the course, with lots of great feedback. Several parents have told us they have changed the meals they typically make for their families on a weekly basis. One parent has even gone on to cook weekly meals for all residents in the temporary accommodation scheme she lives in, after feeling inspired by the course and wanting to use the new skills she had gained.