Families in a County Durham town are benefitting from cookery classes and lunch clubs thanks to funding from believe housing.
With healthy eating high on the priority list, dozens of families in Willington have attended free sessions at ‘Our Confident Community’, a project at Willington Open Door Church.
Volunteers at Willington Open Door Church alongside staff from Well Being for Life are also helping to tackle the tricky problem of increased food costs during the summer holidays when school meals aren’t available by providing both food and the kitchen equipment needed to cook healthy meals for 40-50 people each week. There has also been a variety of health information and fun activities to increase everyone’s awareness of healthy eating.
As well as providing a meal to cook and eat, each family is given ingredients and a recipe for another meal to prepare at home. believe housing has helped fund three of the sessions with a grant of £360. In addition, believe housing has funded a separate project which uses the Church as a central venue.
Community Investment Officer at believe housing, Amy Glendinning, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to support these programmes which are helping to address real issues faced by communities at this time of year.
“The volunteers are doing an amazing job and it is clear that families are directly benefiting from their dedication.”
Volunteer Sue Hine, from Willington Open Door Church said: “There is a great community spirit in Willington and people genuinely want to help each other out. The cookery sessions are a direct response to the feedback from families who attended our Christmas Holiday Programme. Our Confident Community tries to respond to suggestions from local people to meet local needs.”
The school holiday food projects in Willington are part of a range of initiatives funded by believe housing through its extensive community investment programme. More than 100 grass roots groups have received funding through the programme and the social impact of the work carried out is estimated at in excess of £1.2m.