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Chichester Community Development Trust partners with Health Champions to launch free 'Cooking for Health' course for residents


Social enterprise company Health Champions is partnering with Chichester Community Development Trust (CCDT) to launch an additional free 'Cooking for Health' course in Chichester.  The course, funded by Chichester District Wellbeing, kicks off on January 16 at the community hall, donegall avenue at roussillon park, from 1-3pm, for five weeks.

They are aimed at people from Chichester who need a confidence boost in the kitchen and offer hands-on help for creating easy, low-cost and healthy meals. The courses will help to encourage local people to ditch ready meals and take-aways and to create delicious meals and snacks from scratch more regularly.

CCDT community development officer Angie Bacon said: “We are hoping that attending this FREE cookery course will encourage participants to brush up on their cookery skills, develop the confidence to cook from scratch without breaking the budget and add some new healthy recipes to their collection.”

Other free courses start on January 19 with two sessions at 10.30am-12.30 or 12.30-2.30pm at Selsey Town Council, High Street, Selsey, and on January 23 at Swanfield Community Centre, Swanfield Drive, Chichester, either at 10.30am – 12.30 or from 1 to 3pm.

Health Champions director Karen Dennison said:  "We are looking forward to working with a number of Chichester-based organisations  this year including Chichester Community Development Trust, Chichester Foodbank,  schools and children and family centres, helping people living in Chichester to improve their cooking skills and nutritional knowledge.  The six week courses we run are free to local people and they help to improve cooking, eating and shopping habits by encouraging small, manageable changes that people can make every day.

“As it’s the New Year and people are often looking to lose weight, the focus on our courses for January is portion size and healthy meals that are quick and cheap to make.  People coming on our courses often want to lose weight and we provide lots of ideas on healthy recipes as well as making the meals to show how easy they are to prepare.

“We welcome organisations to get in touch with us if they support people who might need help with independent living skills, improving nutrition or with household budgeting.  We are also looking for volunteers to help run the cooking groups and people can get in touch on 07747017372 or “

Data published in medical journal The Lancet shows that between 1991–1993 and 2011–2013 the proportion of overweight or obese people increased from 66·7% to 76·8% for men and from 54·8% to 63·4% for women.

Elaine Thomas, Chichester Wellbeing manager, said: “Nationally levels of obesity are rising and the impact that this has on heart disease, cancer and diabetes is of real concern. Learning how to cook and what to cook is important. It is also important to understand the value of cooking and the impact a good diet can have on our health and avoiding processed food, which often contains high levels of fat, salt and sugar.

 “The value of these courses also lies in the social element where people who have perhaps never cooked for themselves or have always relied on someone else to do the cooking, meet new people and learn together . They may start the course with very few kitchen skills and little confidence and finish feeling much more able to cook healthy food for themselves.”

Some of the courses will be run run by Cookery Leader, Andrew Goldby, who volunteers for Health Champions.

A full list of the courses is the Health Champions website or for more details call Health Champions on 01444 318649.

Media enquiries: for more information contact Cathy Kelly at or on 07704 130226.

Catherine Kelly

Catherine Kelly PR

07704 130226