Hi, my name is Emma and I am the Love Local Project Officer here at Peterborough Environment City Trust. Love Local is about encouraging people in some of the most deprived areas of Peterborough to learn more about cooking and how quick and easy it can be to prepare tasty, low cost, healthy meals using locally-sourced ingredients.
I have always loved cooking, and have been experimenting with recipes for as long as I can remember – I was kneading dough and baking bread when I was a toddler. This stemmed my interest in the link between diet and health, which led me to read Public Health Nutrition at university.
The opportunity to join the team at PECT as the Love Local Project Officer greatly appealed to me. I enjoy working directly with the community and I am a keen advocate of supporting local food producers. My role here involves setting up and delivering a number of Let’s Cook and Eat! workshops, working with a community gardener to deliver Let’s Get Growing! workshops, as well as organising larger community events where we’ll showcase local food, deliver cooking demonstrations and provide tasters.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first few weeks at PECT and feel well and truly settled here. As well as delivering my first cooking workshop, I’ve led a training session to a group of AGE-UK volunteer cooks and spent time learning about some of the other great projects happening here at PECT. I’ve also had fun practicing my handstands in the lunch-time yoga sessions – they’re not as easy as they look! I’m really excited about developing the Love Local project by building upon the fantastic work that has been carried out so far, and hope to make a positive and lasting difference to the community.