The Basic Info about Food for a Change
Food for a Change is a social enterprise that teaches people how to cook healthy, economical and delicious food, and it is done in a fun and supportive way where we not only cook together but eat together as well.
It is aimed at a wide variety of groups, specifically people with mental or physical health problems, those in drug and alcohol recovery, disengaged young people, ex-offenders, people with learning disabilities, victims of domestic violence and older people. There are courses available for people with food intolerances or allergies as well as great opportunities for team building and motivational workshops.
The sessions look at how food helps us physically and emotionally, teaches you how to cook lovely food and then enjoy eating it together. This is a social event which boosts confidence, self-esteem and life skills. Feedback from people who have done the course has been extremely positive, and as a result of doing the course people have found their health and confidence are greatly improved (see testimonials).
Clients include different projects within Bournemouth Churches Housing Association, Bournemouth Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Bournemouth Gateway, Cambian Group, Crime Reduction Initiative, Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust, Holton Lee, Poole Day Centre and Skills & Learning amongst others. In addition to cookery and nutrition sessions, community gardening and personal development courses are also offered.
We have upcoming plans to open a community food centre to widen our social impact where there will be opportunities to learn about growing and cooking food in an informal, nurturing and fun environment. We will continue to empower people to build self esteem, employability and social skills, offer voluntary and paid work opportunities, provide a valuable community resource/venue and a lovely cafe - all within a self sustaining, not-for-profit company. A voluteer Board of Directors has been formed and we are in consultation with residents, statutory bodies, charities and businesses who are all in support of the plans. Watch this space!