Our Work with Community Groups
Jamie's Ministry of Food has been delivering cooking courses to communities and community groups for more than five years. We believe a healthier community is a happier community. Our program enables positive behaviour change through teaching people how to cook and feed themselves good, nutritious food, as well as providing them with a chance to feel part of a community. We welcome the opportunity to work with your community group or organisation and to offer advice for any additional assistance your group may require.
Jamie's Ministry of Food welcomes participants of all skill levels, aged 12 and over. Participants learn how to cook a different dish each week, from simply making eggs to cooking up a memorable roast chicken feast. Participants enjoy sharing a meal together in class and leave with two servings to take home to share with family and friends. Comprehensive information on essential food handling and nutrition is provided and a certificate of completion is presented at the end of the program.
Your local Jamie's Ministry of Food team can offer your group advance access to courses that will work with your schedule, facilitate tailored needs assessments and payment can be arranged by invoice.
The benefits of Jamie's Ministry of Food go far beyond cooking:
- A healthier attitude towards food
- Willingness to try new things
- New social networks
- Increased confidence
- A sense of belonging
- Financial and time rewards
- Emotional connections with family and friends
- Teaching others
- Potential for increase in life and career skills
- A pleasurable and rewarding experience
We are committed to reaching the most vulnerable in our community, including:
- Vulnerable individuals/families on low incomes
- Single parents
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
- Young people
- People with a disability
- The unemployed
Participants with a disability
- Our teams work to ensure special needs are accommodated to make sure the participant can operate safely and get the most out of the course
- A needs assessment is conducted by our food trainers upon enrolment
- Participants who require additional assistance must be under the direct supervision of a carer or support worker who must also be enrolled in the course and must attend each week
- The ratio of participants with a carer/support worker is determined based on the individual needs assessment.
A note on young people
The minimum age to participate is 12 years; participants aged between 12 and 15 must be under the direct supervision of a parent/guardian or carer at all times during the classes with a maximum ratio of one parent/guardian to every three children. Parent/guardians may participate in the course by making a separate booking and payment. Participants with special needs or a disability that require a carer/support worker must also be enrolled in the class. Special needs carers must be enrolled on a ratio of one carer for each participant with special needs. If you have a disability or special access requirements, please indicate this during the booking process so that a member of staff can contact you to discuss how your needs can be met.
Please contact your local Jamie's Ministry of Food centre or mobile kitchen, as there is a number of different ways we can assist community groups to book their clients in for one of our wonderful Jamie's Ministry of Food cooking courses:
T: 07 3281 0340 - Ipswich, Queensland
T: 02 9756 1001 - Wetherill Park, New South Wales
T: 03 5222 8413 - Geelong, Victoria
For the Queensland and West Australian Mobile Kitchens please call head office on 03 9282 9100.
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