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Greenwich centre crowned regional cooking champion

A Greenwich mental health centre has won a special award for its work to bring local communities together and teach its users how to cook.

Greenwich Mind

Greenwich Mind has been singled out for praise after launching a new Let’s Get Cooking club with funding from People’s Health Trust using money raised by HealthWisdom through The Health Lottery.

The club has been awarded a Golden Spoon gong from Let’s Get Cooking after using cooking to help bust myths around mental health, encourage new friendships in the community, and to help people with mental health problems build their confidence.

Lynda Kemp, who helps run the Let’s Get Cooking club, said: “Cooking was a fantastic opportunity for people with and people without mental health issues to mix. It’s helped normalise mental health and show that our service users are just ordinary people too.”

The club will now go to a national ceremony in London where special prizes for the Golden Spoon winners will be presented by foodie and broadcaster Emma Forbes.

Maggie Sims senior manager at Let’s Get Cooking, the country’s largest network of healthy cooking clubs, said: “Cooking has enormous power to bring people together – we see so many new friendships forged and people coming out of themselves by learning these skills together.

“Seeing everyone’s confidence grow and knowing that they’re taking steps towards a healthier life at the same time is exactly what Let’s Get Cooking is all about.”

Greenwich Mind’s Let’s Get Cooking club now goes forward to the national final, which will culminate with an awards ceremony with Emma Forbes, at the Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden, London on the 6th February.

John Hume, Chief Executive People’s Health Trust, says: “Using food and cooking as a way of encouraging people to meet together regularly in a supportive environment is just fantastic and something we can all relate to. We’re truly delighted that the users of Greenwich Mind have won this award.”

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthWisdom, says: “It’s wonderful that money raised by HealthWisdom is being used to support the 'Lets Get Cooking' initiative in Greenwich.”