Healthy cooking on the menu for Tamworth residents

Thursday, 2nd July 2015

PEOPLE  of all ages living in Tamworth are being given tips and advice on how to cook and eat healthily – thanks to two new courses being run in the borough.

The first course is Healthy Cooking on a Budget, which is run by Community Together CiC at various venues throughout the borough, in partnership with Tamworth Borough Council.

The six-week course teaches participants how to cook and eat more healthily on a budget of just £5. Those on the course are teamed up with a buddy who helps them to learn cookery skills and managing a budget.

An officer from the Citizens Advice Bureau is also on hand at the sessions to support people in managing their household budgets.

Healthy Cooking on a Budget was first piloted last year with some support from the Council’s Tenant Involvement Team. It was hailed as a big success – with those taking part losing 10 stone in weight between them and saving an average of £30 each off their monthly shopping bills through eating more healthily.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the course is asked to contact Community Together CiC on 01827 59646 or email for more information. Sessions run throughout the year.

The healthy meal begins to take shape.

The healthy meal begins to take shape.

The second course – WELLIES Grow it, Cook it, Eat it is run by Staffordshire Cares Farming to teach people how to grow their own food at home and then cook it.


This is an eight-week course, held at the Woodhouse Community Farm and Garden in Whittington. For one day each week, those taking part are taught about healthy eating, menu planning and budgeting. They are also given the skills to grow their own food and ideas about what they can grow in the space they have available.

At each session, a healthy lunch is prepared by the group from scratch, using fresh, inexpensive seasonal ingredients. Menus include baked scotch eggs, coleslaw, interesting salads, chilli con carne, pasta bakes, fresh sauces, cottage pie, soup, bread, frittata, vegetable curries, savoury flans and healthy pizza.

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Both projects have been funded by the Tamworth Strategic Partnership, made up of Tamworth Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council, South East Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group and Staffordshire Police, through the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Locality Fund.

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Public Health, said: “Improving the health and wellbeing of the residents of Tamworth is one of our top priorities and healthy eating is a big part of that.

“These two courses show people that it is possible to cook healthy and tasty meals on a budget, and I am delighted that we are able to work with Community Together CiC and Staffordshire Cares Farming to provide these very valuable skills.

“My mum, my wife and my son are on the Healthy Cooking on a Budget course and they love it. They’ve learned to make a lot of new things and there is a lot of recipe swapping going on.”