Food for Change

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Food for Change is an initiative inspiring people who are out of work to grow, cook and trade food in their community.

Led by Cornwall Food Foundation, in collaboration with partners in Newquay, Truro, Camborne, Redruth and St Austell, we offer free friendly food training, volunteering and social activities to inspire, empower and support people back into work.

Learn how to grow fruit and vegetables, cook affordable, healthy meals, and gain valuable hands-on experience working in the food industry. We offer tailored support through the whole process as participants gain new skills and confidence.

Food for Change is a £1.3 million programme part funded by European Social Fund.

Email [email protected] to find and more and sign up. 


Who’s involved?

Food for Change partner organisations are:


As well as deliverying fun events and workshops, open to anyone signed up to Food for Change, these partnerships support people who use Foodbanks, mental health services and community centres to get more involved in the Cornish economy.

The Food for Change partnership will foster new ways of working and effect lasting change in local community infrastructure and will enable 278 participants to progress into, or closer to, work.


Newquay Community Orchard Food for Change participants and volunteers


How it works

Getting involved in Food for Change is completely free and easy to do. There is an initial sign up process to check eligibility, before you are teamed up with a dedicated support worker who can find out more about you and what you would like to get from the experience.

Once signed up, you have access to all the Food for Change events, hosted by our partners across Newquay, Truro, Camborne, Redruth and St Austell which cover four food Disciplines:

  • Think Food: nutritional awareness, food budgeting and food sustainability
  • Grow Food: horticulture skills; planting, cultivation and harvest; seasons and climate in Cornwall
  • Cook Food: knife skills, food safety & hygiene, ten nutritious and affordable recipes
  • Trade Food: making money from food; basic accounting & marketing know-how relevant to the community setting and context

A great place to start is the popular 6 week Foodworks course led by the Cornwall Food Foundation, where you can learn about the basics of healthy eating, and try out new delicious recipes each week. Each workshop will include a free lunch and the chance to socialise with other people on the programme.

Food for Change Foodworks cookery class at Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change Redruth


There are lots of opportunities to gain new qualifications, including a Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene certificate, which your support worker can arrange for you whenever you feel ready. We’ll also introduce you to volunteer and career opportunities in the food and drink industry in Cornwall, so you can try out your new skills in practice.


Join Food for Change

If you are out of work and keen to learn more about growing, cooking and trading food, click here. If you have any questions please email [email protected]

Find Food for Change on Facebook for information on upcoming events and opportunities.