Our cooking program, provides you two important benefits, summed up by our catch-cry: Old Dogs. New Tricks. Great Mates.
By developing kitchen skills (New Tricks) older men are better able to support themselves and their family. You will also learn important food safety lessons, so the quality of food you prepare will be safe to eat, nutritious and delicious.
Regular attendance at our monthly cooking sessions will forge new friendships (Great Mates), and will provide a forum to discuss common issues associated with life as a single male, living alone or with a disabled wife and, well, about being an Old Dog. Attending our monthly cooking sessions and attending our public cooking events members become more socially and community aware.
Forest Men's Kitchen members have a more active and rewarding life by being better informed on how to make healthy food choices, prepare nutritious and healthy food themselves and through having shared their challenges with their peers. Having developed confidence in the kitchen you will be more likely to remain in your own home longer as you will be better fed, safely. And having developed some new Great Mates, you will be less socially isolated.
In 2010, NSWH commenced a Men's Carer Cooking Program in the Tramshed Community Centre in Narrabeen. After the Tramshed closed its operations for renovations the group relocated to Forestville and supported by Frenchs Forest Rotary formed Forest Men's Kitchen Association Incorporated as a not-for-profit organisation.
Our association aim is to establish and support safe, supportive and instructive environments where older men learn cooking skills. Our target demographic is those men over sixty years, of the 30,000 living on the Northern Beaches, who are looking to increase their confidence in the kitchen, or have had to take over the role of preparing meals, and most importantly, would like to join a group of men who enjoy each other's company while preparing a meal.
When we moved, just six members from the Tramshed, plus our Executive Cooking Instructor relocated to the Forest area. At the end of December 2016 we had more than doubled that membership and gained a second Cooking Instructor. By the end of 2017 we had three cooking instructors, three monthly cooking sessions and almost 30 members.
In March 2018 we opened our Warriewood Kitchen and throughout 2018 we will be looking for new members and more Cooking Instructors to help us continue to grow.