Older members of the community and those who struggle to cope in the colder weather when it arrives are being invited to two free events next week to help teach them to cook hearty affordable meals.
Award winning professional chef Catherine Maxwell, who specialises in healthy eating and education, will host two 90 minute interactive cooking sessions to provide people with the skills and knowledge to cook good quality food for themselves, and their family. To encourage people to continue cooking after the classes, those who attend will get a free slow cooker to take home and keep to try out the recipes they have learned for themselves.
The events take place on 15 September at Springfield Community Campus, Corsham from 10.30am until 12pm and from 1pm until 2.30pm.
They are organised by Warm and Safe Wiltshire, a partnership between Wiltshire Council, Centre for Sustainable Energy, and Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service. The aim of the partnership is to help people spend less money on gas and electricity while making homes warmer, safer and less damp, and reducing the number of older people getting illnesses brought on by the cold weather.
Rachel Kent, Wiltshire Council public health specialist said: “These events aim to encourage people to cook simple, affordable meals at home, helping to keep individuals and their families healthy and fuelled as we head towards the autumn and winter period.
“It’s another great example of the fantastic support that Warm and Safe Wiltshire can provide to those who need it most.” Tracy Jenkins, Safe and Well Co-ordinator (Wiltshire) for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “If your home is cold because you’re worried about energy bills, then you will potentially be relying on open fires, portable heaters or electric blankets – all of which carry fire risks. We also want people to be safe when they’re cooking, so encouraging them to think about how they cook and what they use will help to reduce the risk of fire as well.” Paul Winney, Service Manager, Centre for Sustainable Energy said: “The free slow cooker is a great way to cut those energy bills, but there’s lots of other ways too and our Warm and Safe Wiltshire advisors will be able to discuss the £140 Warm Home Discount, insulation and heating improvements as well as switching energy suppliers”
To enquire about booking a place, people should call 0300 003 4575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, stating which session they would like to attend.
As well as the cooking sessions, a number of roadshow events are taking place throughout the county to provide people advice on saving money on energy bills and how to switch suppliers effectively.
The events are taking place at: • The Shires, Trowbridge – 7 September from 9:30am to 12pm • Devizes Market – 8 September from 9:30am to 12pm • Warminster Market – 9 September from 9:30am to 12pm • Melksham Market – 13 September from 9:30am to 12pm • Chippenham Market – 16 September from 9:30am to 12pm