24 job seekers connected with the EPIC Bundaberg team have been served up more than jobs this June, taking part in a Jamie’s Ministry of Food program to learn practical cooking skills.
Over five-weeks, participants learn how to whip up affordable and healthy meals that can be made on the fly. For EPIC job seeker Leisa, the unique program has been the perfect way to connect with other job seekers from EPIC and explore healthier cooking practices.
“It’s good to learn all the new menus and different ways to make healthier meals,” says Leisa.
“You tend to become a little lazy with food and go for the easy option, so it’s really helpful to learn what you can do with just a few ingredients.”
Leisa says that the hands-on experience is helping her take control of her life.
“The freedom has been my favourite part. You get to do everything yourself, which is a great experience,” says Leisa.
Kelly O’Brien, Regional Coordinator says that the program is a great example of the support that EPIC provides to job seekers on their employment journey.
“We’re really passionate about providing holistic support to our job seekers. Our ultimate goal is for people with disability to find sustainable employment and live happy and productive lives,” explains Kelly.
“It’s been great to see that the job seekers who are participating have really enjoyed learning recipes that will help them to make healthier choices.
“It has also been encouraging to see how they have developed connections with others and it is an opportunity for them to build interpersonal skills and connect with other people.”
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