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Hot Pot Cooking Course

25th June 2013


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Players support project teaching people about how to eat healthily on a budget




Fiona Longworth who runs the 'Hot Pot' cooking course Fiona Longworth who runs the 'Hot Pot' cooking course

Based in Edinburgh, the Wester Hailes Health Agency works with local people to address health issues such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Support is also offered to those with mental health problems and learning difficulties. The Agency has developed a model of working that is based on community and personal development. Support services provided by the Agency include counselling, relaxation groups, dietetic services, massage therapy and reflexology.



Thanks to £4,994 funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery, the Agency has recently run a series of cooking classes for local residents living on a low income. This 'Hot Pot' project is aimed at people from all kinds of social backgrounds and helps them to learn new skills about how to eat healthily on a budget.



Experts from the Agency teach participants about the importance of certain food groups, how to combat malnutrition and the preparation of food in a safe and hygienic manner. The Agency has top-of-the-range kitchen facilities where participants learn exciting and varied recipes.





Participants on the course must also be ready to get their hands dirty in the accompanying allotment as they learn how to grow their own vegetables and prepare these for cooking. The emphasis is always on supporting the local community and promoting sustainable living.



As well as gaining practical skills for life, those who participate enjoy increased social interaction. Participants are encouraged to mix with each other and eat their delicious dishes together at the end of every class. This in turn helps to build their self-esteem and confidence so they are more ready to tackle the stresses of everyday life.



This project has been funded by People's Postcode Trust, a grant-giving organisation funded by players of People's Postcode Lottery. As well as the fantastic 'Hot Pot' project, this Trust has given more than £5.8 Million to 992 projects across Britain.