Project cooks up ways to eat well without breaking bank
A NEW programme is being launched to help families in some of Swansea's most deprived communities eat more healthily.
The four-week pilot project will see 12 parents from the city centre Communities First area teaming up with Swansea Market and a local cookery workshop group called Cookibods.
It will include activities such as shopping on a budget for ingredients in Swansea Market, learning about food hygiene skills and preparing recipes using seasonal and local produce.
The group of 12 will be able to take home what they've made and they'll also be given recipe cards to build up a collection of healthy and affordable meals.
Parents taking part will be encouraged to bring along their pre-school age children too so that they can be involved in the activities and learn about preparing food, shopping skills and healthy eating from an early age.
Swansea Council is behind the scheme. Council leader David Phillips said: "One of our priorities as a council is to drastically reduce levels of poverty in our communities.
"This can be done not only by helping local people access jobs and training opportunities, but also by encouraging people in our most deprived communities to lead more healthy lifestyles."
Ryland Doyle, cabinet member for target areas, said: "We're doing all we can to improve living conditions and everyday life for residents in our most deprived communities.
"If this scheme is successful, then it could be extended to other deprived parts of the city so that even more parents and their children can also benefit in future."
The first programme session to be overseen by Cookibods takes place on November 4.
The 12 parents taking part will be confirmed over the next week.