Families have fun cooking meals offered by the GGO Community Group

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FAMILIES learn new skills by cooking together at home.

Free meals are offered by the Winsford GGO Community Group.

Enthusiastic volunteers prepare packs and provide fresh ingredients and recipes so people can cook dinner from scratch in their own four walls.

Children have fun making their own pizzas

Children have fun making their own pizzas

The team, led by Vicki Nash and Gale Butler, is helping to lift people’s spirits during the lockdown.

The project has helped improve mental health and wellbeing as The Guardian today marks Time to Talk and promotes the importance of community support.

Vicki and Gale are both mothers with children with additional needs and would like to offer practical help.

Gale said, “We are serving 50 meals each week for everyone in Winsford, families, couples and individuals.

“Lots of people are fighting. Some are on vacation and wages have fallen. The pandemic has created poverty.

“We just want to show that they are important to us and that they have not been forgotten. A little more makes a big difference.”

The little ones learn new skills when they cook together at home

The little ones learn new skills when they cook together at home

Casseroles, pizza, sausage, porridge, and macaroni cheese are just a few of the meals that were delivered.

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Bringing the community together helps overcome loneliness and isolation.

“Many people are struggling with mental health during these troubled times,” said Gale. “Parents are at home with children all day.

“We got some nice comments from people saying how much they appreciate what we do.

“We work very hard and because of the Covid rules we have to stick to the same small team of volunteers. But if we can make a little difference for people, it’s worth it.”

Families like to spend time together in the kitchen.

Families enjoy eating food cooked together

Families enjoy eating food cooked together

Families enjoy eating food cooked together

“Parents tell us that their children usually don’t eat certain dishes, but because they all cook and have fun together, the children enjoy it. They learn life skills and it brings the whole family together.

“It’s nice for her to have fun in these dark days.”

Volunteers prepare all fresh ingredients for the food packages

Volunteers prepare all fresh ingredients for the food packages

Volunteers prepare all fresh ingredients for the food packages

Coloring books for adults, designed to encourage people to relax and unwind, were also distributed and very well received.

Details on the food bags can be found on the GGO Facebook page and are limited to the first 50 applicants.

People will then be invited to collect the groceries from GGO’s temporary base at Darnhall Primary School at a specified time, while following Covid social distancing regulations.