The Sainsbury’s store at Bridgemead is sponsoring the West Swindon Family Centre Let’s Get Cooking course after The Link suggested them for support.
The free course for up to seven parents at a time introduces them to healthy raw ingredients and new ways to prepare dishes. Working together gives parents confidence to have a go; it’s also a chance to share how to encourage children to try food they might not have seen before.
Sainsbury’s is sponsoring three courses lasting six to eight sessions, providing £50 towards ingredients for each one. In addition all course members receive a certificate and a £10 Sainsbury’s voucher.
Richard Hopkins and Simon Belcher from Sainsbury’s with course members and tutors from left, Carly Burns, Emma Goodman, Sarah Vainstein, Rachel O’Callaghan, Tanya Hutton, Selina Wilkes, Katie Saunders, Chantelle McAdam.
Store manager Richard Hopkins said he was delighted Sainbury’s is able to assist the family centre. “Our key objective is to provide fresh, healthy food at affordable prices and the Let’s Get Cooking project is stimulating interest in preparing good nutritious food for families.”
Course coordinator Rachel O’Callaghan and assistant Selina Wilkes were trained by the Children’s Food Trust to use balanced recipes.
Rachel said: “Some of the mums come with few skills or want to broaden their range of recipes and need the confidence to try new ideas.
“All of them say their eyes have been opened by how easy it is to prepare and cook tasty, wholesome and cost effective meals from scratch.”