Families in two County Durham communities learn how to cook healthy meals on a budget

  • 18th November 2022

believe housing has provided funding through the Prosper Social Value Dividend Fund to the Family Dinners project, a five-week course taking place at Seascapes Primary School, in Peterlee, and Brandon Primary School, near Durham.

The goal of this project is for families to take part in activities together and develop new skill, through teaching them how to make cheaper healthy meals so their budgets can stretch further.

In weekly sessions, delivered by Wellbeing for Life, children and adults learn how to prepare and cook a low-cost healthy meal together. Participants get to take their meal home with them, along with a bag of free ingredients to practice their new recipes again. At the end of the five-week course, participants received a free slow cooker so, they can build on their new skills in the future.

Allison Murray, North and Durham Dales Hub Co-ordinator for Wellbeing for Life, said: “With food prices continuing to rise, it’s getting more and more difficult for families to prepare healthy meals while also looking after their wallets. Through the Family Dinners project, we can teach families healthy recipes on a budget, which is a vital skill in today’s climate. We’d like to thank believe housing and Prosper for their support and funding to make the Family Dinners Project a reality.”

Colleagues from believe housing’s Employability and Tenancy Sustainment Team also attended one session to offer money and employment advice to attendees, who include believe housing customers. Feedback from the participants was that the project helped them spend quality time with their family and bond together. It was an excellent course that helped them try new food and eat healthy cheap meals.