Cook group’s 5th birthday

Members of the cookery club
Members of the cookery club

A cookery club that helps bereaved people to learn new skills and meet new people is celebrating its fifth year.

Since the group was launched in 2012 there have been 20 courses run, which have seen around 120 people attend the six consecutive weekly sessions held on a Thursday night.

While attending the group people get the chance to try their hand a making a range of food of the group’s choice which they then get to take home to enjoy.

Mark Scott, Catering and Domestic Services Manager said: “A lot of bereaved people struggle with tasks like cooking and cleaning around the home. Some aren’t used to cooking at all and for others they aren’t used to cooking for one. Essentially though the group is as much about making friendships as it is cooking. It acts as a form of counselling with participants sharing their experiences with one another.

“The group is very relaxed; each week they chose what they would like to make the following week. This can be everything from Yorkshire puddings to vanilla slices. At the end of the session they take all the food home.

“One of the most enjoyable things is seeing people make some really long-lasting friendships. Some people have been a bit reluctant to open up at first about their experiences but after a few weeks that all changes.”

Carol Hayman attended the cookery sessions after her husband passed away, she said: “I thought the group sounded interesting; I’m quite experienced in the kitchen but thought it would be a good way to meet people who’ve gone through the same thing I had.

“There was a fantastic atmosphere at the cookery club, we had lots of laughs and through it I’ve met two ladies who have become very close friends. We’ve even been away on holiday together since.

“Mark taught us some delicious recipes that were very helpful as I wasn’t used to cooking for one. We also learnt to make different things like bread which was really easy and something I wouldn’t usually make.”

The courses are held every Thursday for six consecutive weeks from 6.30pm to 9.30pm at Pendleside Hospice, for more information contact the Family Support team on 01282 440102 or e-mail our Coordinator zoe.mcpherson@pendleside.org.uk