Let’s Get Cooking is the largest national network of healthy cooking clubs for children and their families in the country.
We believe if children eat better, they do better. So we’re all about inspiring children to learn to cook and enjoy good food, giving them the confidence and skills they need to get hands-on in the kitchen and make healthier food choices throughout their lives.
We were set up by the Children’s Food Trust – the charity on a mission to get every child eating well – in 2007. Our first 5000 clubs were created and supported with Big Lottery funding and have already reached more than 3 million people.
With support from our national partners, we’re committed to getting even more children cooking this year by providing training, support and resources to thousands of Let’s Get Cooking clubs in 2015.
Our clubs are run by a network of thousands of volunteer Club leaders and helpers. We support all of these Let’s Get Cooking champions by offering recipes, advice, expert training and practical resources.
By sharing our expertise with organisations across the country, including The Prince’s Trust, The People’s Health Trust, Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation, WRAP and various primary care trusts, we are also supporting the delivery of cooking activities designed to get young people and adults cooking.
So, every day, we’re proud to be making a real difference in primary, secondary and special schools, pupil referral units, children’s centres, in workplaces and across local communities.
- Our clubs have run 235,000 Let’s Get Cooking sessions for children, young people and their families across the country. That’s a whole lot of ingredients and washing up!
- More than 11,400 club leaders and helpers have been trained by our Let’s Get Cooking regional teams.
- 92% of Let’s Get Cooking club members tell us they use their new cooking skills at home and continue to eat more healthily.
- We have reached more than 3 million beneficiaries through the Let’s Get Cooking programme.
Club Coordinator quotes:
“Our club is not just about eating healthily but having fun with food, learning new stuff and overcoming barriers, trying things for the first time, with their friends and without pressure, learning where food comes from. Let’s Get Cooking is changing lives – how amazing is that?”
“A three-year-old boy at our club is our mini tornado – he just can’t sit still and it can be difficult to get him to focus on anything. When he puts on an apron he transforms into a different child. It makes him feel proud when he’s helped cook something.”
“The children leave here with new skills and for me the real impact we have on these pupils is giving them independence and the ability to choose healthy foods.”
“We’ve benefited from fantastic training and resources which we’ve been able to share with the whole school.”
“For me it’s all about inspiring the next generation to be passionate about food. Especially those children that come in to the club and list all the things they don’t like and then enthusiastically eat something off that list by the end of the first class!”
Quotes from children:
“I like preparing food from the start and I know what’s in food now. I like to try new things and I’m not scared anymore, even if I don’t like the look of it.”
“Let’s Get Cooking is epic because you get to have fun and cook. The Greek Salad was my favourite because we got to do lots of chopping.”
“I like trying more food now, even stuff I didn’t like before. The stuff we cook tastes good!”
“I really love cooking and find it lots of fun. I now know how to make many different dishes and have cooked for my mum and dad at home.”
Quote from a parent:
“Let’s Get Cooking has helped me build up friendships with other parents. I’ve learnt new dishes like mini quiche, healthy muffins and curry, I enjoy cooking now. Let’s Get Cooking is marvellous, absolutely marvellous.”” Kelli-Anne, parent.