Eating Positively is a popular programme of classes focusing on nutrition and cookery.
Who are they for?
They are free to attend, and available to anyone living with HIV in London. Carers or partners of people living with HIV in London may also attend free of charge.
The classes are designed to be suitable for everyone, from complete beginners to experienced cooks who would like to learn some new recipes.
What do they cover?
We offer a range of hands-on, kitchen-based cookery classes, each focused on a different theme. These are designed to help people living with HIV to develop their understanding of nutrition and food skills, in order to:
- increase their confidence in the kitchen
- better manage their health
- reduce their risk of developing further health complications
- improve their overall quality of life.
The classes are also a great opportunity to meet other people living with HIV and to share experiences.
Each class is led by our friendly chef and nutritionist and will include recipes and information on a specific issue, such as:
- shopping and eating well on a budget
- reducing the risk of developing chronic diseases
- managing symptoms
Tips on food safety and hygiene are also incorporated into the classes, encouraging attendees to apply the rules to real life scenarios.
Factsheets and recipes will be provided for everyone to take home. Each class lasts 3 hours, which includes time for everyone to sit down together and eat what they have made.
How do I access them?
To access Eating Positively it is now necessary to be referred to the service by a referrer.
"I found them extremely useful and educational, and great fun. A big thank you to the nutritionist who laid to rest many food myths. A big thank you too to Luis (the chef) for his brilliant delivery. His knowledge of food and how to combine ingredients is phenomenal."
“Just back from the cookery class ... It was great. The Food chain team were very good at teaching these skills...I might even stop using my oven for magazines storage … The information sheets about the important nutritional elements for a healthy diet are brilliant...I have pinned them on my memo board in my kitchen. Many thanks."
Private Eating Positively classes for HIV support groups
We are still bringing an Introduction to Nutrition class to HIV support groups all over London, so that the service is accessible to the widest possible range of people. This comprises an informal group discussion about nutrition and a cookery demonstration of some simple, healthy and delicious recipes.
If you run an HIV support group and would be interested in organising an Eating Positively class, please contact Sophie Pelham Burn at firstname.lastname@example.org Your venue does not need to have its own kitchen, as we can bring portable cookery equipment with us.
“Just to say a BIG, and important, THANK YOU to all the team, for really bringing to life diet and nutrition, through the Eating Positively programme … little gems of advice are unearthed every time. Keep up the good the good work."
Alistair, London Gay Men’s Group
“On behalf of the French speaking group, I would like to say a huge thank you to your organisation and especially to Catherine, Luis and the volunteer. Well done guys, that was fabulous and very informative. … Service users have greatly enjoyed the session and I’m sure the group would appreciate it if you could come back for a follow-up session"
Henriette Shulungu, Development Worker for African Communities in Redbridge, Positive East
"The group was really engaged from start to finish. Aoife's introduction about Nutrition and HIV really got the group thinking and talking about the importance of good nutrition. Your demo for the quinoa salad and the salsa were perfect - the group could ask questions as you went through it which I think is really important in a setting like that. It was really interesting looking around the room and finding out how familiar a kitchen setting is to everyone - there was a real mix in this group and it was great to see both the volunteers and participants working so well together and helping each other out. Everyone enjoyed the food immensely and there was a sense of pride as everyone finished making the quesadillas and sat down to eat together what they'd prepared and cooked."
Alice Williams, Adult Services Manager, Living Well
These classes are kindly supported by the Big Lottery Fund: