A West Ealing charity’s hoping to raise funds to develop more cookery clubs in London for people with additional needs.

Certitude, (www.certitude.org.uk)  based on the Uxbridge Road provides personalised support to those with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs as well as their families and carers.  The charity was recently awarded an “outstanding” rating from the Care Quality Commission for its domiciliary care across several London Boroughs – an award level currently only achieved by the top 2% of service providers.

It’s now partnered with the organic food company, Abel & Cole, to produce a Christmas video entitled Food for Thought.  The film kicks off the charity’s campaign to finance Food for Thought cookery clubs across the capital which allow people with learning disabilities to come together and cook in an environment where they feel comfortable to talk about mental health issues.

Certitude Community Fundraiser, Sam Mason says:

“We have found that cooking from scratch in a relaxed setting provides an excellent opportunity to talk about mental health issues. Our recent Food for Thought pilot attendees told us they had experienced better overall wellbeing and felt more able to cope with difficult emotions independently. Because of this success we would like to be able to support more people with learning disabilities to explore their mental health and build their resilience, all while learning how to cook delicious, healthy meals.”

The film features Ashley, who is supported by Certitude in Ealing, making mince pies with his mum and Certitude staff. It demonstrates how cooking together provides the perfect opportunity to chat without feeling under pressure to talk.

 With the money raised from this Christmas campaign, Certitude would like to offer Food for Thought sessions to more people in London.

The cookery workshops would be overseen by trained support workers and qualified therapists and at the end of each course, every participant would be given a pack of 10 healthy new recipes and a list of tailored techniques to help safeguard their mental health.

 You can view the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07usPE1_HP0#action=share

Support the Food for Thought programme and donate on their Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/certitude