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, it’s a fun way to gain new skills, make friends and get involved in your community.

When you join one of our four 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 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.”

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.

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.