Grow, cook and trade with Food for Change.

Food for Change

We use food to inspire you to reach your goals, whether you want to get back into education or employment. 

You don’t have to have an interest in working with food, but by learning to grow, cook and trade, you can gain new skills, make friends and get involved in your community.

When you join one of our six flourishing communities, we’ll support you every step of the way – helping to match your interests with exciting courses, experiences and opportunities.

Check out our communities below to see what activities and events are happening near you.

How it works

Getting involved in Food for Change is completely free and easy to do and is open to anyone who is currently out of work or full-time education.

Once we’ve confirmed that you are eligible for the programme, we’ll team you up with a dedicated support worker who will work with you to find out what you’d like to get from the experience.

Your support worker will be there to help you with whatever you need to succeed, from building your confidence and empowering you to overcome barriers, to improving wellbeing and learning practical skills like preparing for interviews.

Once signed up, you will have access to all the Food for Change events hosted by our partners across Camborne, Redruth and Pool, Newquay, St Austell, Falmouth, Bodmin and Truro. These activities are focused around three central themes:


Grow Food learn how to grow and harvest your own food from seed. 

Cook Food get practical kitchen skills and cook healthy, nutritious meals on a budget.  

Trade Food experience working in local community food groups and businesses.


While taking part in Food for Change, we’ll also encourage you to #thinkfood and consider nutritional awareness, food budgeting and food sustainability in your day-to-day life.


“Since starting on Food for Change, my confidence has improved a lot. There are a group of us who attend regularly, and we get on really well.

“I also enjoy coming to the weekly cook club. It’s really relaxed – people can talk to each other and socialise. Everyone is really supportive of each other.”


“Since joining the (Food for Change) programme, I have seen a lot of changes in myself, I have lost two stone in weight, feel much healthier and socialise better with others.

“I was never very adventurous with food, but Food for Change has taught me to explore new flavours and experiment with new ingredients.”

Find out more

Take the first step in making a big change in your life – sign up today!

Once we’ve received your email, we’ll give you a call and complete your registration.

Our communities

Each Food for Change community is unique – that’s because it’s shaped by the place and the people who live there.

However, in each community, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with growing, cooking and trading activities. Most importantly, there is a fantastic support network in each location to help you develop new skills and work towards your goals, whether it’s full-time education, a career in food or something completely different.

Follow Food for Change on Facebook, so you can keep up to date with everything happening in your community.

Our partners

Our work would not be possible without our fantastic Food for Change partners:

CHAOS Cornwall

CHAOS (Community Helping All of Society) work with vulnerable and disadvantaged people, engaging them in meaningful activities and delivering employability opportunities to support them in accessing work in their community.

Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change

Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change is a charity and a social enterprise whose mission is to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Cornwall.

Draceana Centre

A community facility at the heart of Falmouth for everyone. The Draceana Centre offers a wide range of activities, programmes and services all within an open and inclusive environment.


intoBodmin CIC aims to bring the community together through arts and culture and exciting and unusual events – that means everything from crafts, theatre, cabaret, live music, and more!

Newquay Community Orchard

Newquay Community Orchard is a seven-acre site, found close to Newquay town centre. They work with a range of individuals from all backgrounds and boast a community growing space, wood workshop and Cornish apple orchard.


Pentreath exists for people living with mental health and emotional difficulties. They offer support to help people believe in their own potential and achieve their vocational goals, whatever challenges they face.

We also work with a variety of organisations to deliver the Food for Change programme across the county.

People and Gardens

People and Gardens was set up to enable people with learning disabilities or emotional impairments to be able to develop as individuals, to learn work and social skills and to have equality of choice and opportunity in the workplace.

STAK (St Austell Community Kitchen)

Stak provides support to those who have fallen victim to the effects of poverty, homelessness or find themselves in a vulnerable position. They believe prevention is better than cure and aim to help people before a crisis situation develops.

Truro Foodbank

Truro Foodbank is part of a national network of foodbanks, working together to help the 13 million-plus people live below the poverty line in the UK. The foodbank provides a minimum of three days emergency food and support to local people in crisis.

The details

Food for Change is a £1.3 million programme part-funded by the European Social Fund to help people progress into employment or education through fun, accessible community-based activities.

The University of Exeter is supporting Food for Change by carrying out ongoing research of the benefits of joining the programme, from increasing confidence to getting into work or education.