Plan It, Cook It, Share It

We are very excited to get our new National Lottery funded and supported by Livewest project, ‘Plan It, Cook It, Share It’ underway.

The project will support timebankers to get involved and have a go at hands on cooking practice making tasty healthy meals on a budget. The project will also bring people together for a monthly sit-down ‘meal night’ to socialise over food to help reduce isolation and loneliness.

What’s been happening so far?
We have employed a fantastic Chef called Chris Day who will be managing and running the cooking sessions in Barne Barton and Whitleigh. Chris has started visiting Barne Barton and Whitleigh weekly socials to hear from people about what they want to learn to cook so he can plan an initial taster session to get the project started.

“I am so happy to have been given the opportunity to work with Timebank members and Timebank South West on its new and exciting cooking project ‘Plan It, Cook It, Share It’. Over the next year I will be working with timebank members in Barne Barton and Whitleigh to plan and deliver cooking sessions, helping participants to make healthy delicious meals on a budget and bringing friends and neighbours together over food. I have over 30 years’ experience as a Chef and I have worked in most aspects of catering including 5-star restaurants and hotels around the world. I am now a single parent of two children, so cooking on a budget is my life too and I am looking forward to showing others the tricks of the trade and what I have learned over the years. I am also keen to learn some of your treasured recipes that have been handed down over time. We will have fun along the way so let’s get cooking!”

Who is the project for?
The project is for any Timebankers living in Barne Barton or Whitleigh however, individuals from our other Timebanks (Devonport, Efford, Ernesettle, Honicknowle, North Prospect and Stonehouse) can get involved if there are spaces available.

If you are not a timebank member its quick, easy and free to join – please contact us to find out more

Where will it take place?
Barne Barton sessions will take place in Livewest Community House, 36 Furse Park, PL5 1BW on Tuesdays starting at 11am

Whitleigh sessions will take place in Four Greens Well-being Hub, Whitleigh Green, PL5 4DD on Thursdays starting at 11am. Please note you will need to book in advance due to limited spaces. Let us know you want to take part either at our weekly socials or you can telephone or email us.

What skills do I need?
No cooking knowledge is needed but some basic experience would be helpful (though not essential). Any skills and recipes you do have can be shared with others.

Do I need to pay for anything?
No, the project is free.

How will it work?
The session menu will keep changing and will be guided by what people want to cook and what ingredients are available. We will be making healthy meals on a budget and fun Can’t Cook Won’t Cook challenges. These sessions will also cover hygiene, budgeting and nutrition. Any timebank members wanting to gain a hygiene certificate please let us know. Every six weeks an evening social meal will be made by participants to bring the community together to reduce loneliness. We will get feedback after each session so we can evaluate how the project is doing and make improvement where necessary.

How will I know there is a session about to take place?
Once the project has completed its first two taster cooking sessions future dates will be advertised at our weekly socials, or you can check our Facebook page, website and monthly newsletter or please contact us.

So watch this space and ……….LET’S GET COOKING!