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 2019 Commmunity Sessions Annual Summary

The 2010 to 2018 Community Outreach Cooking Summary

Current Activity

With the 1% fund Cracking Good Food were able to run 4 cooking classes at the newly opened Longford Centre hostel in Chorlton– helping those on the brink of homelessness to cook affordable & tasty food, easily from scratch.

Feedback from a Longford resident- Robert was liked by everybody and all residents looked forward to seeing him the following week. Without Robert’s knowledge I wouldn’t be able to cook for myself.

This opportunity had emerged from our collaboration with Reach out to the Community & other support groups who’d helped us create a film about homelessness, by interviewing those who’d experienced it.

We’d love to screen it again in your community or workplace to raise awareness of the issues: Facts not Opinions. Can we?

We’re now working with dozens of organisations headed by Greater Manchester Poverty Alliance to address & overcome food poverty by 2022. Co-chairing the Skills & Training group, one of 7 subgroups, we’re all committed in joining forces to achieve this. From faith groups, academics, charities, counsellors, support groups to those experiencing food poverty, we’re committed. Can you join us and help?

For further info please contact [email protected]

New for 2018!

2018/19 Ambition for Ageing – Social Isolation project is designed to understand the impact of social eating opportunities on loneliness and isolation amongst older people. To do this, a series of practical social eating projects, working in 23 wards across four parts of Greater Manchester will be undertaken with partner organisations. The aim is to develop a ‘how to’ guide for future projects by capturing learning about what does and does not work.

We will focus on people aged over 50 in groups who are often marginalised and therefore at higher risk of social isolationSo you think you can cook? Unpacking the personal and political potential of cookery classes in low-income communities. A 6 session project in-conjunction 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.

We continue to raise awareness of our aims and passions to alleviate and remove food poverty. Adele recently presented to Chorlton Voice (Civic Society) – Carolyn (Group Organiser) said, the scope of our activities and what we have achieved in the 10 years is mind-blowing, and so very important for the future, not just in terms of poverty alleviation but also environmental security. Please contact [email protected] so we can deliver a talk to your community group.

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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