Worcestershire County Council's Libraries and Learning Service has teamed up with Bromsgrove Age UK and Connect Bromsgrove to provide a new all-round cookery course.
It will be for older people and for individuals with a physical or a learning disability or sensory impairment.
The course, which is aimed at individuals in need of care and support, from both Age UK and Connect, will teach participants how to: cook healthy meals using a variety of cooking methods; work out the nutritional value and costs of meals and the difference between cooking with fresh ingredients or convenience foods. The learners will also be given the opportunity of having a go at growing their own vegetables, which will then be incorporated into the planning of meals. There will also be a strong focus on the importance of spending time talking and connecting with others on a weekly basis.
At the end of the course, which will run for a year, successful learners will gain a nationally recognised qualification.
Cllr Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member for localism and communities said: "We are really pleased to be working in partnership with Bromsgrove Age UK and Connect Bromsgrove on this adult learning course and I am very excited about this one in particular as it forms a key part of the national 5 Ways to Wellbeing programme. The skills that will be learned through the course are invaluable, and could have a real positive impact on their health".
Di Perry, Bromsgrove Connect added:" This is a great opportunity forging community partnerships through accredited learning and connecting people with others. Individuals will gain new skills, improve their knowledge and discover that learning can be fun. These agencies have the opportunity to share their knowledge and community organised skills with individuals to improve people's quality of life and wellbeing."