The Let's Cook Together program seeks to:
- Reinforce self-confidence, increase autonomy, satisfaction and self-esteem of participants
- Develop basic cooking skills
- Support the acquisition of skills related to good nutrition and hygiene, and improve budget management, meal planning and food purchasing
- Break social isolation
- Improve long-term physical health in a sustainable way
Each Let’s Cook Together participant has access to a weekly one-on-one, 3-hour workshop for 10 weeks, determined on the his/her availability. The service is provided in the participant’s residence by a cook-in-training, using the participant’s resources. The participant is therefore more receptive and less anxious since he or she is in a familiar learning environment.
In addition, the Let’s Cook Together program is tailored to the needs of each client according to his/her tastes, abilities and experience level, and budget. Physical health issues of each participant such as diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. are also taken into account when preparing menus and workshops.
Workshops focus on helping clients develop strategies they can apply in their everyday lives, giving them a greater degree of personal autonomy and making the intervention more sustainable.
The Let’s Cook Together program is different from other programs such as collective cooking initiatives since it reaches people with severe mental illness living autonomously in their place of residence. It is able to reach a wider range of people as it is detached from the usual structures of mental health care.