Thomas Aveling School has been singled out for praise after launching a new Let’s Get Cooking club for young people, using money raised by HealthWhole through The Health Lottery.
The club has been awarded a Golden Spoon gong from Let’s Get Cooking after using cooking to help to prepare sixth formers about to head off to university by teaching them how to make healthy meals at home.
Catherine Dacey, who helps run the Let’s Get Cooking club, said: “ The benefits to members have been a real mixture of financial, health and social aspects. I’d say one of the biggest lessons that will stay with them has been seeing how they can feed and fill four people for less than £3. The club has been a huge success in so many different ways”
Maggie Sims senior manager at Let’s Get Cooking, the country’s largest network of healthy cooking clubs, said: “Using food and cooking is a natural way to bring people together. With Thomas Aveling School, we’ve seen first-hand how it can help people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, build relationships and make new friends.
“Learning how to cook a nutritious meal from scratch and on a budget, can make such a difference to people’s health, and it’s so much more fun when you can do it alongside others.
Thomas Aveling School attended the national ceremony in London where special prizes for the overall Golden Spoon winners were presented by keen cook and teaching champion Kate Bellingham, best known for hosting Tomorrow’s World and Children’s ITV programme, the Big Bang.