Leading UK homebuilder, Keepmoat Homes, has partnered with Darlington Healthy New Towns to fund a new initiative designed to support local residents of the Red Hall area of Darlington to cook and eat more healthily.

The 8 week programme is being run by local community group Food for Thought Darlington and includes weekly Friday morning sessions where residents can work together to plan menus, cook healthy food on a budget and try out different recipes and methods in a supportive, friendly atmosphere. It is hoped that once the 8 weeks is up, members will agree to continue to meet regularly.

Geoff Scott, social and economic impact manager at Keepmoat Homes commented:

“A great deal of thought has gone into the design of the new homes at our Fairways development to ensure that they meet people’s needs as they change over time.We have also looked at ways to promote healthy lifestyles for the residents of the scheme ensuring that the environment is designed to encourage walking, cycling and outdoor play. Working with Food For Thought has enabled us to take our aspirations for the outcomes of the scheme yet further by promoting cost effective heathy cooking and eating in the Red Hall area,”

Louise Graham, Chair of Food For Thought Darlington said:

“We were delighted that Keepmoat Homes were able to support this programme and I was over the moon that they were also able to help one of our cookery group obtain a hob. This has enabled her to continue to develop her cooking skills at home and expand her repertoire. This is exactly the kind of responsive action we need in order to build strong, supportive communities.”