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Housing association uses cooking courses to build confidence

The Regenda Group has introduced an innovative new programme which uses cooking courses to help develop the life skills and confidence of its residents.

Regenda believes that many of its residents are keen to improve their lives but lack either the confidence or the knowledge to succeed. The cookery course aims to help by challenging the participants to learn basic cookery skills during interactive workshops and also encouraging them to join personal improvement sessions.

The first cookery course was held at Limehurst Village Trust in Oldham. Twelve local residents completed the twelve-week programme which focused on teaching hands-on cookery skills alongside topics such as menu planning and health and safety.

The courses made use of neuro-linguistic coaching and programming techniques to give the participants a number of tools to help them in their everyday lives.

One of the participants explained that the course surpassed their expectations. As well as learning to cook they learnt how to combat their fears in a sustainable way. They went on to explain that the course helped them to bring out their confidence and led them to feel happy with a desire to pass on what they have learnt.

This sentiment was echoed by other participants who found the course so useful that they have formed a group to undertake community wide projects.

With support from Regenda the participants have developed a constitution and are now planning to apply for local funding to support community projects.

The group hopes to help develop the Limehurst Village allotment site. It plans to encourage local residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

The Regenda Group describes itself as more than just a Housing Association. By developing innovative community projects and using its expertise in shared-ownership it aims to help make the North-West a nicer place to live.


Study reveals many people start a new diet every month

According a recent study of two thousand consumers, twenty two per cent of the adult population in the UK begin a new diet every month with more than a third choosing low calorie items during their weekly shop.

The study by Seven Seas, also found that forty three per cent of women regularly buy low calorie items despite the fact that two thirds believe that the pressure to lose weight is too much.

Fifty per cent of mothers questioned confirmed that their food purchases are often influenced by the wishes of their children whilst thirty per cent admitted to using unhealthy food to reward their children for good behaviour.

Around sixty per cent of those questioned claimed to eat the recommended number of five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, suggesting that forty per cent miss out.

These proportions vary significantly for the consumer age groups. Around seventy five per cent of people aged over sixty five consume the recommended number of portions whilst this figure drops to twenty five per cent for those between sixteen and twenty four.

Overall seventy per cent of people confirmed that they would really like to improve their diet but many claimed that they don’t have the time.

The study also found that many people believe that there are too many conflicting messages concerning which types of food are healthy. Experts are concerned that whilst people are be dieting they may not be eating healthily.

A nutritionist who worked on the report explained that whilst television schedules and magazines are full of food, recipes and celebrity chefs, our diets are losing balance and this is a real concern.

Whilst it’s important to understand the intake of calories, this mustn’t interfere with eating a varied and balanced diet, which is rich in minerals, vitamins and key fatty acids.

Cookery schools thoughout the UK  offer a range healthy cookery courses aimed at helping students improve their diet.