Cooking Skills Course



84-86 Jane Street, Leith, EDINBURGH, EH6 5HG
0131 554 3900 ext 3
North East, North West, South East, South West
1 Jul 2023


Who is the service for?
Young People (16-25), Adults, Older People
What age range is it suitable for?
13 - 16, 17 - 25, 26 - 29, 30 - 34, 35 - 39, 40 - 44, 45 - 49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64, 65+


84-86 Jane Street, Leith, EDINBURGH, EH6 5HG
0131 554 3900


MONDAY: 11:00am - 2:00pm
TUESDAY: 11:00am - 2:00pm
WEDNESDAY: 11:00am - 2:00pm
THURSDAY: 2:30pm - 5:30pm


Food Preparation and Budgeting Skills - 6 weeks

A great ‘foundation’ class for the cooking-beginner with 6 - 8 people in each class.

It’s funded by the City of Edinburgh council and access is for those living in Edinburgh and referred by a support worker. It's FREE to attend for those referred.

In this class we’ll help to;

- Support healthier food choices
- Increase skills and confidence buying ingredients on a limited budget
- Increase confidence cooking from scratch
- Build independent living skills
- Understand food hygiene and safety
- Learn essential food preparation and cooking techniques

Our 6 week course is a 3 hour class delivered 4 times a week. Participants come once a week and choose the day they wish to attend.

It provides a structured delivery to increase practical skills and confidence to allow individuals to live more independently.

Programme Delivery –core outcomes covered:

- Following a recipe, preparing and cooking 2 dishes at each class and sitting down and eating the meal at the end;
- Understanding basic food hygiene and safety;
- Understanding foods which contribute to a healthy lifestyle;
- Recognising signs of spoilage in food and understanding use by/best before dates;
- Using kitchen equipment safely;
- Demonstrating food preparation and cooking techniques;
- Menu planning and cooking on a budget;
- Using left overs;
- Graduation with certificate, goody bag and Cyrenians recipe booklet.

Upon successful completion of the course and all of its elements, participants can additionally gain an accredited REHIS certificate in Elementary Cooking Skills, please see

This certificate can be used for employability purposes.

Programme Days

Mondays: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Tuesdays: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Wednesdays: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Thursday: 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Is your client eligible?

The programme is open to individuals aged 16 and above who are resident in the City of Edinburgh Council area and are living independently or are working towards living independently.

If you are unsure whether or not your client is suitable for referral, please get in touch to discuss.

Refer a client

Download a referral form at

Please complete the attached referral form and post or email Kaz or Emma (

Other Services Run By

Cyrenians - Good Food Programme

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