National Lottery Community Funding Supports Manchester Life Skills Cooking Project

Manchester faces challenges with food security, with a significant proportion of households struggling to put food on the table. Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund, the Vegetarian Society Cookery School in Manchester will be delivering essential life skills cooking sessions to clients from two community organisations. This funding enables the Vegetarian Society Cookery School to deliver six sessions as part of the programme, for three groups over the next year.

Each session, spanning two hours, will focus on teaching progressive cooking and preparation skills, meal planning, and budget control. The culmination of the program will be a showcase event during the sixth session, where attendees will have the opportunity to cook for invited guests.

Sam Linford-Platt, Head of the Vegetarian Society Cookery School, stated: “We are immensely grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for their funding of this vital project. Our dedicated tutors are eager to commence the sessions and have already engaged with the teams at the community organisations to ensure that the sessions meet their specific needs.”

“People want to know how they can cook for their kids and their health. Others would like cookery sessions so they can learn how to cook nourishing meals on a limited budget. Plus for others it’s a great opportunity for social interaction and community building.“

The classes will be conveniently located within or near the community, with the curriculum shaped by the participants. Key components of the sessions include cooking skills, emphasising the preparation of meals from scratch, recipes for nutritious and economical dishes that are environmentally friendly, shopping skills to minimize food waste and expenses, and strategies for bulk cooking and preparation to save time and energy.

The Vegetarian Society Cookery School works with restaurants, hospitals and schools across the UK to enhance their vegetarian and vegan offerings. From recipes and cookery classes for individuals and the community, we produce good food to fuel the good fight. To find out more visit

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