When we eat better, we do better. So Let's Get Cooking are all about inspiring everyone to learn to cook and enjoy good food. We give people the confidence and skills they need to get hands-on in the kitchen and make healthier food choices throughout their lives.
First set up in 2007, our first 5,000 clubs were created in schools and – supported with Big Lottery funding – reached more than three million people.
We support all of these Let’s Get Cooking champions by offering recipes, advice, expert training and practical resources.
And by sharing our expertise with many other organisations across the country including Barnardo's, The Prince’s Trust, The People’s Health Trust, Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation, WRAP and various primary care trusts, we support the delivery of cooking activities to help even more young people and adults to get cooking.
The BDA's Let’s Get Cooking programme has been providing expert advice on waste reduction through its education programmes across Merseyside for more than three years. This year, in partnership with Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, it’s getting even more practical with a new Waste Warriors programme.
Read more about Let's Get Merseyside Saving here.
The BDA is playing its part in supporting families and households experiencing food insecurity by working with Barnardo’s on a new cooking skills project. Through our Let’s Get Cooking initiative, we are training the charity’s staff and volunteers to upskill families and young people to be able to prepare healthy meals from scratch.
Essex Food for Families. This year we have been lucky enough to receive funding from Essex Community Foundation which has enabled us to produce a new recipe pack tailored to meet the needs of families cooking on a budget.
We have been able to distribute hard copy recipe packs to families through our Let’s Get Cooking network of clubs based in schools as well as making the pack available to a wider audience electronically.
Our clubs have run over 235,000 Let’s Get Cooking sessions for children, young people and their families across the country. That’s a whole lot of ingredients and washing up!
We’ve trained almost 11,500 club leaders and helpers.
Almost all of our club members (92%) said they used their new cooking skills again at home, and more than half (58%) eat a healthier diet after they learned to cook with us.
We’ve reached more than three million people with healthier cooking skills so far.
“Our club is not just about eating healthily but having fun with food, learning new things and overcoming barriers, trying things for the first time, with their friends and without pressure, learning where food comes from. Let’s Get Cooking is changing lives – how amazing is that?”