Boaz Trust Project February 2021

We are pleased to introduce our project, COOK EAT CHAT SHARE delivering 4 weekly online zoom cooking lessons to Heart & Parcel learners and Boaz Trust clients during Feb-March in 2021!

Boaz Trust was founded in 2004 to address the needs of the growing numbers of destitute asylum seekers in Greater Manchester, whose asylum cases had been refused and who had nowhere to turn to for help. Heart & Parcel and Boaz have worked together previously to address the wellbeing and English language devleopment needs of its clients through a more holistic and relaxed way than a formal ESOL class. You can see our details and impact report of that partnership in 2017 here.

For this new project, in the face of COVID and lockdown restirctions, Heart & Parcel Learners turned teachers will run, prepare and deliver cook-a-longs online for Boaz Trust clients, demonstrating how to cook healthy, different homecooked recipes. The Boaz trust attendees will cook with learners sharing recipes, stories and experiences of food, learning English and living in the UK during lockdown.

The final session is an ‘open workshop’ inviting the wider network of Boaz (staff / volunteers) to join, sharing stories and experiences via livestream.

This innovative project, funded by the Department for Media, Culture and Sport will aim to make a difference to participants in the following ways:

  • Develop English language skills
  • Upskill Heart & Parcel learners to develop their English skills in a meaningful and practical way.   
  • Boost confidence and motivation utilizing existing talents and skills. 
  • Reduce isolation and improve social connection 
  • Encourage attendees to share ideas on how to cook simple and healthy 
  • Improve wellbeing, satisfaction and fulfillment learning something new (cooking, English language digital literacy).

Keep an eye out for our report very soon!

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