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The current Covid-19 situation means that we need to run our programmes differently. We are delivering a coordinated response for BS13.

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Cooking and Nutrition

Our cooking and nutrition programmes aim to reduce food insecurity and improve health and wellbeing.

We make sure that the produce we grow in our Kitchen Garden Enterprise is used in our cookery programmes where focused courses help connect delicious produce to the community and the health issues that they want to address. 

Community Kitchen

Located at the Gatehouse Centre, our Community Kitchen runs a variety of healthy-eating cookery courses that empower BS13 residents with the skills and knowledge to improve their health by making dietary changes. Courses are generally 12 weeks long, cost £2 and you take home what you make. Please see below for our current courses at the Community Kitchen:

30 Minute Meals – Learn to cook healthy, low cost meals in 30 minutes or less, in a relaxed and friendly group. 10am-12pm every Thursday (during term time) at the Community Kitchen. Cost: £2. Booking/referral essential. Contact Rachel on 0742252364 or rachel.baker@heartofbs13.org.uk for more information.

This year we are also piloting a number of exciting food projects that will take our passion for health, sustainability and nature connection out of the kitchen and into the community.

Campfire Cooking
Our Campfire Cooking programme gives 7-11 year olds the opportunity to develop practical cookery skills and connect to nature through growing and cooking seasonal food at our Roundhouse site. Cost: £10 for a 6 week course, payable in advance. Booking essential. Contact Kirsty on 07591636490 or kirsty.hammond@heartofbs13.org.uk for more information.

Healthy Streets – Coming soon, our Healthy Streets programme will bring local residents together through fun, interactive sessions that promote healthy eating while strengthening relationships between neighbours. 

Fighting Holiday Hunger

Now in its third year, we will be building on our holiday-hunger prevention programme this summer.  We know that many children will go hungry during the 6 week holidays, when free school meals are not available.  Harnessing our partnership with Fareshare, BS13 youth workers and an amazing team of volunteers, we will be providing a hot meal to children every day of the week during the 2020 school summer holidays.

Please contact Rachel on 07442252364 or rachel.baker@heartofbs13.org.uk to get involved or for more information.

Guerrilla Grub

Guerrilla Grub brings men who live in BS13 together to try out new cooking skills. Aimed at men (aged 19 or over) who may be unemployed, or experiencing mental health challenges and social isolation – the programme offers group activities related to cooking and nutrition that can help to build skills and lead to further opportunities within Heart of BS13.  A tutor from The Workers Education Association (WEA) supports Guerrilla Grub guys to develop ongoing literacy, numeracy and social confidence skills as part of the programme.  Each block of sessions runs over eight-weeks and we can host up to ten men at a time.

Sessions take place on Fridays 1-3pm and are free of charge. Booking / referral required. Please contact Kirsty on 07591636490 or kirsty.hammond@heartofbs13.org.uk for more information.

Cooking Projects in Development

We have several new and exciting projects that we plan to introduce in 2020 as part of our work to reduce food poverty and create training and job opportunities for BS13 residents.

Harty Foods – We believe that everyone should have access to delicious and healthy food, whatever their income. Harty Foods will address food poverty in BS13 by producing quality, pre-prepared, home-style ready meals using ingredients we’ve grown in BS13 at the Kitchen Garden Enterprise. These ready meals will be available to local residents at a low cost or for free, depending on their circumstances. They will also be sold across Bristol to customers who want to invest in a product which supports food security, sustainability and dignity.

Food Academy  – The Food Academy aims to create a thriving local workplace and vocational training scheme. 18-month accredited programmes will support trainees to gain work placements in catering and hospitality across Bristol, including in our own Harty Foods enterprise. The Food Academy will be open to people from BS13 seeking to enter employment, change career, or get back into work.  

BS13 Community Fridge & Larder – The Community Fridge and Larder will serve both as a pick-up point for people in BS13 to collect Harty meals if they are using food banks, as well as a shop that sells what we make.  We want to have a simple and non-stigmatising route for people to get hold of the food they need – and we want that food to be high quality and delicious.  The Community Fridge and Larder is a straightforward response to food poverty and malnutrition in BS13, providing nutritious and affordable food for all.

Please contact Georgina on 07464688703 or georgina.perry@heartofbs13.org.uk for more information.