We are really keen to get going and are looking for either staff or volunteers in the area and I wondered if you could help.
Essentially what we do is motivate people to cook. We work with people in poverty who often eat lots of takeaways, ready meals and processed food, and see cooking as something that is not suitable for them, perhaps because of cost, lack of equipment, past failures, all sorts of reasons (you can see all the reasons in this 5 min video here). We are tackling health inequalities head on which may be of interest to those with links to the hospital.
Our programme, which involves delivery of a free ingredients bag and practical and psychological support over the phone to help them cook it, gets them cooking exciting, delicious food costing 50p per portion, and keeps them doing it - evaluations show they are still cooking years later. They will save money, improve their health and mental health, and improve their and their families' lives. Typically participants save around £800 per year.
We are ideally looking for someone local to run the project in Sutton, but failing that any support we could have to make up the ingredients bags and get them delivered would be gratefully accepted. In some areas we use a coordinator from elsewhere in the country with local "on the ground" support to get the ingredients bags made up and delivered, from either one person (we could make some financial contribution for this) or from a team of volunteers.
Here is the link to the job description on our website, https://bagsoftaste.org/bags-of-taste-branch-head-sutton/
We are also looking for people that can help us find suitable participants for the course so any community links there - including referrals from your church - would be fantastic. It was a church pastor who helped get our project established in Hackney 9 years ago - it felt like he referred half his parish to the course!!
We have wonderful feedback including this seasonal comment that we received in December:
It has brought down cost especially on the run up to Christmas so all my children can have gifts. I feel motivated and a sense of achievement.
Alicia Weston BEM, FRSA
Winner: UK Food & Drink Federation's "Community Partner of the Year" 2019
Winner: .ORG's Impact Awards 2019, Innovator category (global)
Runner up: Observer Magazines' Best Ethical Food Project 2019
Tackling health inequalities through food
Delicious recipes for less than £1 a portion
Courses that drive behaviour change
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