Cook2Learn coming to North Somerset libraries


An exciting new project is launching in North Somerset libraries in the New Year.

Cook2Learn offers a series of free workshops where people can gain new skills by following and preparing simple recipes while learning about food and healthy lifestyle choices.

The workshops are designed for adults who have not done much cooking before and would like to improve their knowledge and skills of food and food preparation.

They will be delivered by library staff, health trainers and volunteers with the first set of workshops taking place in the Weston-super-Mare area from January to March at the For All Healthy Living Centre Library, The Campus Library and Worle Library.

As part of the Cook2Learn project a wide range of new cookery and healthy eating books are available at all North Somerset libraries, as well as a selection of new online e-magazines on cookery and health, which are free to access for library members.

The Cook2Learn project links in with Public Health England’s ‘One You’ campaign.

“This is an excellent example of libraries working with Public Health to promote health and wellbeing across the district,” said Cllr Felicity Baker, North Somerset Council’s executive member for libraries.

The project is funded by the Carnegie UK Trust as part of the Carnegie Library Lab programme to support innovation in public libraries across the UK and Ireland. For more information about Carnegie Library Lab visit http://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/project/library-lab.

Jenny Peachey, senior policy officer at the Carnegie UK Trust, said: “Public libraries are invaluable assets for communities and play a vital role in enabling people to fulfil their potential. Cook2Learn is a fantastic initiative that helps people develop cooking skills and promotes healthy lifestyles – as well as supporting numeracy and literacy.”

To find out more about Cook2Learn and to book a place on a workshop visit the Cook2Learn website at https://cook2learnblog.wordpress.com/, drop in to your local library, or go along to the Cook2Learn launch event at Weston Library in the Town Hall on Tuesday 10 January, anytime between 10am and 2pm.