Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Health & Wellbeing -

A new Hills Com­mu­nity Care ini­tia­tive is giv­ing the gift of in­de­pen­dence to a range of Hills res­i­dents.

The It’s A Stir pro­gram is de­signed to teach in­di­vid­u­als how to cook some sim­ple, fresh and healthy meals at home.

The pi­lot pro­gram was tar­geted to se­nior men liv­ing alone, while a sec­ond series cur­rently un­der­way is aimed at peo­ple in the com­mu­nity with men­tal health chal­lenges.

While teach­ing res­i­dents how to cook is the pri­mary aim of the pro­gram, the classes also present an op­por­tu­nity for in­creased so­cial in­ter­ac­tion.

Hills Shire Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne said she was thrilled to see the pro­gram un­der­way.

“As a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate for men­tal health is­sues, I’m re­ally pleased to see that we’re pro­vid­ing this ex­cel­lent ser­vice to our res­i­dents,” Mayor Byrne said.

“Hills Com­mu­nity Care pro­vides so many won­der­ful ser­vices, but I think this lat­est one is re­ally strik­ing a chord with mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.”

The first group of grad­u­ates – aged be­tween 74 and 93 – gave the class a ring­ing en­dorse­ment.

“I had no con­fi­dence in cook­ing and since com­ing here and be­ing part of this ter­rific group with a great con­venor, I’ve found it ex­cel­lent and it’s given me the con­fi­dence to be able to take home the recipes and go home and try it out,” 83-year-old Pa­trick Keat­ing said.

“I thor­oughly rec­om­mend it, be­cause it gives you in­de­pen­dence and the op­por­tu­nity to come and share ideas with the guys in the group.”

For more in­for­ma­tion for all ser­vices of­fered by Hills Com­mu­nity Care, please con­tact Coun­cil on 9843 0555.

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