Heat and Eat events in Wiltshire

Including ’Anyone can Cook’ sessions ...

31 August 2016

CSE's advice team is looking forward to a busy September in Wiltshire.

Our work in the county is through an energy advice and safe-living project called Warm & Safe Wiltshire, and done in partnership with Wiltshire Council and Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Between 6 and 16 September – and as Summer slips slowly into Autumn – we'll be out and about and meeting shoppers at the following Wiltshire locations: 
Salisbury Market, Tues 6th Sept
Trowbridge, The Shires, Weds 7th Sept
Devizes Market, Thurs 8th Sept
Warminster Market, Fri 9th Sept
Melksham Market, Tues 13th Sept
Corsham Community Campus, Thurs 15th Sept
Chippenham Market, Fri 16th Sept

As ever, our focus will be on helping people spend less on gas and electricity while making homes warmer and less damp, and reducing cold related illnesses like asthma. We'll particularly be helping people switch energy supplier to find a cheaper tariff and appling for the Warm Home Discount - a £140 electricity-bill rebate.

At two of these events (6th and 15th September) we'll be joined by the award winning chef Catherine Maxwell who specialises in teaching the skills necessary to cook simple, tasty and healthy meals to people on tight budgets.

There will be two FREE sessions for 15 people at a time. The sessions will last 90 mins and run from 10:30am-12noon and then 1pm-2:30pm. And not only will people get to eat the meal they cook, they will also be able to take home a slow cooker worth £20.

"The link between cooking and energy may not be obvious at first," says CSE's Paul Winney. "But actually this kind of engagement works very well. Discussion around cooking on a budget often reveals the severe financial squeeze that many households experience, and in many cases we can help them cut their energy bills without jeopardising their comfort, and in some cases lift them out of fuel poverty.

"And, to anyone who likes the sound of Catherine's cookery sessions, hurry! Places are limited and filling up fast."

To book a place, call 0300 003 4575 or email WarmandSafe@wiltshire.gov.uk and tell us which session you’d like to attend.

Photo: Jonathan Billinger, licensed for reuse under Creative Commons

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