Volunteering with Bags of Taste

  Volunteering with Bags of Taste was one of the best decisions I made during lockdown, and I would really encourage anyone with an interest in food or healthy eating to get involved!   I have been volunteering as a Mentor, guiding…
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Evaluation on our Bags of Taste Mentored home cooking courses

Well, the results are in… An independent evaluation on our Bags of Taste Mentored home cooking courses has just been completed and it was great to see the difference that the course has made to our students. The evaluation 60 students…

Nina’s story

‘My confidence was really low and I hadn’t cooked for a long time’ Nina’s diet consisted of tinned fish, oatcakes and eggs. ‘I was in a cycle of not cooking and not eating well.’ Suffering from ill health, Nina has days when she…
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Bags of Taste delivers out of the bag thinking on its Mentored Home Cooking Course

People everywhere are suffering from Zoom fatigue as video conferencing replaces every day face-to-face interaction from doctor’s appointments, to job training, to chats with Granny. Our Mentored Home Cooking Course shows ‘out of the bag’ thinking...
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The Bags of Taste COVID anniversary blog

"It would be fantastic if we all agreed that everyone should be able to eat well, have easy access to nutritious, reasonably priced food and follow a healthy diet that benefits their physical and mental health," writes Margaret Cooney, Chair at Bags of Taste.
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Achieving Motivation

Different people experience different barriers to cooking at home; one person for example may have problems with food access; another may live next to Tescos, but not have a pan to cook with. Usually it’s a combination of several barrier that hold people back.

Understanding Motivation

Two thirds of the UK’s adult population is overweight or obese, so even though we all want to eat healthier, and we ‘know’ what healthy food is, and that it’s good for you, it doesn’t seem to be enough to motivate us to change our habits. So how does motivation work, if 'knowing' about something isn't enough?
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Understanding the cause of the problem – Gemma’s experience

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We have always asked people what stands in their way that prevents them from cooking. If we saw a recurring theme, we would figure out a way to deal with it.  Over time, we realised these “other reasons” were far more important than actual ability to cook.
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Defining The Problem: Poor Diets

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Nutrition is an area that is mired with claims and counter claims, and things we thought we “knew” years ago – for example, that margarine is better for you than butter