Food for Change supports you to grow, cook and trade food in your community. Through short courses, volunteering, work experience and social activities in your local area, the programme will help you to gain knowledge, practical skills and positive experiences that will help you progress towards work and develop personally.

Tailored personal support is available along the way to help you identify your priorities and support you to achieve your goals.

The programme is open to people of all ages and capabilities who are out of work. Involvement can be for as long as you need to gain the skills, confidence and experience to progress.

Transformation Cornwall's Food for Change Community Support Worker:

My name is Nicky and I am a community support worker employed by Transformation Cornwall. I work for the Food for Change (FFC) programme, which is a brilliant new initiative in Cornwall involving different partner organisations across Camborne, Pool and Redruth, Truro, St Austell and Newquay.

I have been in post since the 1st August 2017 and have been busy getting to know the programme's partners, creating new working relationships and learning about each community I am working in.

I am working with people who have now joined the programme and it's going really well. Some will be starting a new course offered by FFC called FoodWorks, where they will learn new recipes for nutritious meals and much more. I have supported each individual to set meaningful goals and I am very excited about what the programme will support them to achieve.

There is a full calendar of opportunities for each person to learn how to grow, cook and trade food, and they can select the activities and courses they wish to do. I am also in the planning stages of opportunities to volunteer and learn new skills for everyone taking part in the programme. For instance, I will be offering volunteering experience and support to four people at the Truro Diversity Food Festival in November. This is going to be an amazing event to be part of and it will offer the chance for people to build on their skills relating to customer service, event management and food safety.

Contact:  Nicky Abrahams