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Cookery courses for older men proving popular

These men are learning to cook in New Costessey near Norwich Photo:

There has been a huge demand for a special cookery programme for men over the age of 55. The classes have been introduced in Norfolk and have now spread to a number of towns and cities.

They are run by Age UK Norfolk and the Joy of Food programme, which is funded by the county council. The classes are free with an emphasis on cooking and preparing healthy meals.

ITV New Anglia's Lauren Hall has been to meet some of the men taking part in the new courses.

"Nutrition is a key factor in ensuring good health and continued independent living in later life."

– Hilary MacDonald, Chief Executive, Age UK Norfolk
The men are taught to prepare and cook healthy meals

"The Joy of Food has successfully delivered cookery courses to many different organisations across Norfolk for the last few years, and is delighted that the partnership with Age UK Norfolk has resulted in us being able to reach a new and very worthwhile group."

– Nick Buck, Project Manager, The Joy of Food

Sessions are run each week in Norwich, Diss and Watton. To find out more or to sign up, please contact Maddie Handsley on 01603 785252 or email