New cookery course aims to tackle isolation for older people in Leeds

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OLDER people in Leeds can get creative in the kitchen with a new cooking course that also aims to tackle social isolation.

Appetite for Life is a six-week programme for people over the age of 50 and offers the chance to learn about healthy eating and cooking in a sociable environment.

Sarah Prescott, health and wellbeing co-ordinator at Age UK Leeds, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to try something new and meet other like minded people, whilst enjoying some amazing food cooked in a lovely social setting.

“It’s easy to slip into buying ready meals rather than using fresh ingredients if you don’t have the motivation or a family to cook for.

“But it’s not good for your health and could make things like heart conditions and Type Two diabetes worse.”

She added: “Participants in the pilot scheme have found the course to be inspiring and motivating.”

The course from Age UK Leeds will be held at The Arch Café on Mark Lane in Leeds city centre.

Classes are aimed at older people who have a long-term health condition or who may have experienced a significant life event such as bereavement, which is having an impact on their physical or mental health.

Weekly sessions cost £3 per person, which includes a two course meal.

The programme, which is being run with support from the Leeds Innovation Fund, starts on Tuesday, January 19 and will be held from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

Transport can be provided if necessary.

For more information or to get involved in Appetite for Life, call Age UK Leeds on 0113 389 3007.

You can also find out more about activities at Age UK Leeds by visiting