Community Outreach

The revenue generated by our Cookery School helps support us in running a range of community projects:

Community Cookery

Community CookeryOur Community Cookery programmes bring new skills and a love of good food for all.


A 2-day course designed to identify, skill & empower communities to set up community cooking clubs.


Find out more about our projects.

Our 7 year Community Outreach Cooking Summary can be viewed here (to be updated in Jan 2018)

Current Activity

Chorlton v Homelessness Film Screenings
Thursday March 15th, 6pm
Edge Theatre, Manchester Road, Chorlton, M21 9JG

Thursday March 22nd, 7pm
Edge Theatre, Manchester Road, Chorlton, M21 9JG
Tickets to the film screening are FREE, but numbers are limited:

To mark International Womens’ Day we are celebrating the life of  Dr Bernadette Tynan. Our Well-being day will feature wonderful women doing remarkable things from cooking, juicing, yoga, raw food, counselling & more.

Well-being day in memory of Dr Bernadette Tynan
8th March, 11am – 4pm
The Old Abbey Tap House,
Guildhall Close,
Manchester Science Park,
M15 6SY

Find out more here.


New for 2018!

So you think you can cook? Unpacking the personal and political potential of cookery classes in low-income communities. A 6 session project inconjunction to be delivered in Moston & Old Moat inconjunction with University of Sheffield, University of Manchester & University of Newcastle – focus is to prove that cooking from scratch/good diet is vital to preventative health issues: Being taught cookery skills can empower individuals to be imaginative, resourceful and healthy in their food creations, although limited academic study has explored the material, social and relational benefits that can be drawn. Taking the case of community cooking classes, this project unpacks the impacts and potential of social cooking for those from low-income backgrounds.

2017 was a busy year!

We are working with Richmond Fellowship, a women’s hostel and Hulme Garden Centre, with a view to developing stronger self-esteem and wellbeing through cooking and growing.

We returned to Manchester Food & Drink Festival’s hub, cooking with Octogenarians. Funded by the University of Manchester, we wanted to highlight the continued importance of nutrition and social interaction amongst older people.

We worked with Streetgames, a national charity, training up community leaders in how to easily feed their cohort healthy affordable lunches, as a means to combating holiday hunger. We went as far as Newcastle in the North East and Penzance in the South West with stopovers in London, Cardiff, Essex, Birmingham, Derby & Wigan on the way. In fact, even Prince Harry turned up to help!

Between 30 & 40 Chinese students, who’d just arrived in the UK, wanted to learn traditional British cooking! So what better things to cook than fish fingers from scratch (goujons!) and burgers with plenty of new potatoes and salads.

We took part in the Manchester International Festival by running a fully participatory cooking event for the public in the Whitworth Art Gallery’s grounds as part of the Gathering of Strangers event.

We’ve been busy in Moston, north Manchester, cooking with residents at Moston Miners Community Arts & Music. It’s been great cooking with families again and bringing the love of good food back into people’s lives. We’ll be cooking for a while there yet.

Salford Cooks. Now as a result of us running our COOKBank training there and following it up with individual sessions to get each community really cooking! Working with surplus unwanted food from Fareshare, we’ve certainly opened new doors to accessing good food for many. We’ve also continued our work with City West Housing Association in Little Hulton, delivering basic hygiene courses for the keener ones.

We’ve branched out to Stoke where we successfully cooked & ran hygiene courses with members of the YMCA, the Princes Trust & Arch Housing Association, as part of Shout out Stoke, again bringing young people into the kitchen to enjoy good food. Working with Stoke Council we then developed sessions where we cooked with a rotation of 5 young people each week, who in turn cooked for up to 30 of their friends. Again, tackling holiday hunger & teaching new cooking skills each young cook was sent home with all the fresh ingredients to repeat their culinary expertise at home!

We’ve more on the cards too… why not contact us and let us cook in your community?

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