Learn Devon awarded for dedication to the community

Posted on: 19 June 2015

Learn Devon cooking skillsLearn Devon’s Bideford team has received an award from Asda for its ‘outstanding dedicated service’ to people in the local community, in a presentation at the town’s store on 6 June.

The team has been working with Asda, the local food bank and community groups in Bideford for the past year to deliver its ‘healthy eating on a budget’ courses to families, the unemployed, volunteers and adults with learning disabilities.

Since September, 37 learners have been taught cooking skills, the importance of a balanced diet and ways to reduce the cost of everyday living.

Councillor Roger Croad, Cabinet Member for Community and Environmental Services, says: “This is a very well-deserved achievement for Learn Devon and the Bideford team. It is great recognition of the way the Service works with partners to benefit individuals and communities in the county.”

As well as giving tours of the store and warehouse to course participants, Asda allowed Learn Devon to use its training room for lessons, advised learners on low-cost menu ideas and supplied ingredients for the cooking lessons.

Morgan Quick, Learn Devon’s Community Development Co-ordinator for the north region, who collected the award, says: “This is a lovely compliment to the Learn Devon team and the partners who work together to make the courses a success.”