In February, twelve parents from our Children’s Centres completed the Fullspoon cookery course - an exciting and practical 5-week course, run in partnership Gap Learning. Participants learned how to cook delicious, healthy, low-cost meals, including cultural dishes, and using herbs, spices and seasonal goods; and then took the meals home to share with their families.
The course took place at the Deakin Learning Centre, on the Addenbrookes site, which has great facilities, including a state-of-the-art kitchen, and room for a crèche, for participants’ children.
Romsey Mill’s Family Worker Melisa Freeman, ran the crèche, assisted by volunteers from Cambridge Regional College, studying for their Health and Social Care qualification. The children had lots of fun and the students gained valuable work experience.
The families had a great time learning new skills, building confidence and making new friendships. Michaela (26), discovered a real passion for cooking and she is now volunteering at Friday 'Open Lunch Café' in Cambridge Community Church (C3) .
Michaela said: ‘It was a great course, which gave me confidence and boosted me into doing some volunteer work. In the future, I hope to become a chef and set up my own business'.
On completion, participants received a Fullspoon certificate and a Jamie Oliver cook book, which had been donated to the programme. The parents also did further study online to gain their Level 2 Food Hygiene qualification.
Romsey Mill’s Children’s Centre Project Worker, Rachel Briant said: “Jessica Debnam who runs the Deakin Learning Centre was amazing, and accommodated all our needs. Thank you!”