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Cooking courses help stroke victims

Five stroke victims have regained their zest for life following a 10 week series of cooking courses at Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food in Bradford.

Each member of the class, had a their own specific reasons for signing up.

Since suffering a stroke 7 years ago, 42 year old Rachel Charlton had relied solely on her mircowave. “I discovered healthy choices and new tastes on the cookery course and also regained my self-confidence in the kitchen.”

53 year old Maxine Gabbitas had a stroke in 1992 which left her with mobility challenges that lead to her gaining weight. “I need to maintain a tight control on my budget and the cookery courses helped me cook meals that were economical as well as healthy.”

Since her stroke in 2010 Bobby Wood experienced taste changes. She said: “With my taste now returing the cookery course gave me the opportuniy to try new flavours and textures.”

A spokesperson for The Stroke Association, explained: “The cookery courses have given everybody a genuine boost in knowledge and confidence, everybody has taken something positive out of the experience.

“The Ministry of Food taught us a great deal whilst they also learnt about some of the obstacles that victims of strokes need to tackle in the kitchen.”

The Ministry of Food Centre in Bradford is one of just four in the United Kingdom. For further information please visit thier website.

For additional information concerning The Stroke Association, please click here.

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Hostel residents receive cookery courses

Residents at the Salvation Army hostel in Newcastle have been receiving cookery courses as part of a community initiative backed by Jamie Oliver.

The ten week course has been provided by staff from East End Health and has focus edon teaching the residents the fundamentals of how to cook meals for themselves.

The staff from East End Health have all been on the training courses at the Ministry of Food to enable them to teach simple cookery skills to people who are looking to create meals on a tight budget.

One of the community food trainers explained that the team visit places such as schools, hostels and community centers to teach pensioners, single mums, youngsters and anybody else who is interested, the fundamental skills required to prepare meals for themselves.

East End Health are the only organisation that deliver the Ministry of Food cooking courses in the area and they’re the only orgaisation in the country that provides the training using an outreach model.

One resident, who has been living at the Salvation Army hostel since the spring, was quick to acknowledge the success of the initiative. He explained that as well as enjoying the cookery course, he has learned a great deal and will hopefully have the opportunity to put his knowledge into practice before too long. Another long term resident admitted to finding the course ‘quite relaxing’.

Residents who successfully complete the course will be presented with a certificate which should improve their chances of securing future employment.

A spokesman for the Salvation Army was also pleased with the impact that the cooking courses had made. He explained that they have been really popular with the residents who are learning life skills that they will find really useful when they leave the hostel.