Pots and pans sought after for mental health cooking classes

17 January 2017

A Salford supported housing scheme is on the hunt for pots, pans and other kitchen utensils as it drafts plans for a series of cooking classes for residents.

Pots and pans sought after for scheme

Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Salford Mental Health Services, which provides supported housing for adults with mental health needs, is appealing to individuals and businesses who have kitchenware to spare, as well as foods such as cereal, longlife milk, juice, fresh produce and the like, to get in touch.

Support workers at the scheme are in the process of devising plans for a cookery course to equip residents with the skills they need to cook healthy meals using fresh ingredients in a friendly, encouraging and social atmosphere.

Lessons will also teach 15 to 20 of the scheme’s residents the skills necessary to budget for food, while an additional healthy breakfast club is available to more than 40 people who receive SSL outreach support in the community.

If successful, the breakfast club would see the outreach clients invited to Salford Mental Health Services to learn how to prepare a healthy cooked breakfast while reducing their risk of social isolation.

While residents at the scheme have all the facilities they need to live independently, the service is not equipped to host large numbers of people cooking with similar utensils at the same time.

Support worker Mandy Hawarden said: “Supported housing is all about developing independent living skills, which include how to cook fresh, healthy meals.

“By setting up these classes however, we’ll not only be able to reach large numbers of our clients at once in a friendly, constructive group, we’ll also be able to provide them with a place to socialise and make new friends, which is a key part of mental health support.”

By setting up these classes however, we’ll not only be able to reach large numbers of our clients at once in a friendly, constructive group, we’ll also be able to provide them with a place to socialise and make new friends, which is a key part of mental health support.

Mandy Hawarden, SSL Support Worker

To arrange for the collection of any new or unwanted kitchen supplies, or any spare foodstuffs, email mandy.hawarden@sanctuary-housing.co.uk or call the service on 0161 745 8316.

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