We may not all be star bakers but Northfield residents will now be given the chance to improve their culinary skills thanks to three local organisations.

Northfield Community Partnership, the Ecocentre and the Baptist Church have teamed up to provide free cooking classes for local people. Running from September to December, participants will learn to use fresh produce to create a variety of delicious recipes on a low budget.

It is the first time the three organisations have officially worked together on a project, having been successful in bringing in funding to develop the idea.

Good Grub founder and Minister for Northfield Baptist Church, Rev. Dave Tubby explains: “We have been working alongside each other in Northfield for a few years, supporting each other wherever possible to meet the needs of our community. We decided we wanted a new approach to make sure we provide services that are needed.”

Rebecca Debenham, Manager of Northfield Community Partnership and Co-Founder of Good Grub continued: “We all found we were facing increasing issues around food. We run a food bank that is unable to meet demand. Working with the Ecocentre we know they have surplus fresh produce from their projects. We wanted to combine these elements to encourage local people to eat local, healthy, affordable food.”

Jackie Green, Good Grub Coordinator and Community Food Manager at Northfield Ecocentre added: “We know many people aren’t sure how to cook some of the fresh produce grown locally and with food price increases fresh food isn’t always affordable. The cooking classes will show people how to cook locally grown food to make delicious meals on a low budget.”

Once the food has been cooked, Good Grub invites others to join them to enjoy a community meal.

If you or someone you know would like to join us for the first Good Grub (25th September) for either the cooking classes, community meal or both (for free!!) please call 0121 411 2157 to book a place.

For more information get in touch with Good Grub at Northfield Community Partnership on 0121 411 2157.

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