Man with a Pan - cookery classes for men over 60

by Lucy May in Bordon, England, United Kingdom

Man with a Pan - cookery classes for men over 60

Total raised £48,048

raised so far



Man with a Pan is a community cookery project aimed at men over 60 who are widowed, are carers or have diet-related health problems.

by Lucy May in Bordon, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 19th October 2022 we'd raised £46,852 with 33 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Extra support will allow us to expand the project to other locations in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex, and train local community organisations to continue the project post-funding. 

Our first priority for expanding our reach would be communities based in and around Portsmouth, Chichester/Bognor, Petersfield, Guildford and Woking. We have strong partnerships with organisations who are ready to refer and signpost beneficiaries to the project. 

Man with a Pan is a successful community based cookery and healthy eating project for men over 60, first piloted in 2015 by The Organic Cookery School, a not for profit community cookery school working in Surrey and Hampshire. Working in partnership with AgeUK Surrey, we raised funds for a pilot project which aimed to provide hands on cookery and nutrition classes to older men, with the following targeting criteria: widowed, looking after an ill partner/carer responsibilities, living on own/isolated, and/or with health issues.

The project was an overwhelming success with over 800 men aged between 55 and 87 year attending over 4 years. Positive outcomes included more confidence and independence in cooking meals from scratch, increased consumption (and enjoyment) of vegetables and fruit, new friendships, decreased isolation/loneliness, better skills to manage a limited food budget/minimise food waste and increased take up of other local mens' projects such as mens' sheds and walking football. You can read more about these achievements here.


Fast-forward to 2022 - and our current BA Crowdfunder, which aims to relaunch Man with a Pan post-pandemic, and to meet the high levels of demand from community organisations who have noted increased social isolation and decreased engagement from older men in community activities which promote well-being, reduce isolation and improve mental health.

MAN WITH A PAN 2022-2023

Our first Man with a Pan courses will be scheduled for late 2022/early 2023, offering taster cookery workshops, followed by 6 - 8 week community based cookery courses in and around Bordon/Liphook, Aldershot/Farnham and Havant in East Hampshire.  If we reach our stretch target we will expand our programme to Guildford, Woking, Portsmouth, Southampton and Chichester, where we have a growing waiting list and strong community need.


Feedback from previous 'Man with a Pan' attendees:

I have learnt lots of new practical cookery skills, making pizza dough, baking and making scones, making soup and meatballs. I learnt about food safety, food labelling and about the correct amount of sugar and salt to use/eat. The course has been informative and well organised. All the staff and participants were very friendly and helpful. 

— Peter 

It has been great to watch the practical demonstrations and then having the chance to do it ourselves. I have learnt so many new cooking skills and made new social connections. 

— Ray 

I found it very interesting learning about the contents of our food and how much salt and sugar are in them and how this is not good to have too much sugar and salt. The tips for a low salt diet were useful. I also learnt that our diet should contain 5 portions of fruit or vegetables. 

— Tony 

Please consider supporting Man with a Pan in the community - we've devised a range of thank you rewards (including a thank you dedication in our upcoming Man with a Pan project cookbook, and a chance to join our end of project celebration lunches next Summer).

Every donation, no matter how small, will make a huge difference and help us reach more men over 60 who would benefit from cooking and learning in company.

Select a reward

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Thank you and book dedication

A thank you dedication in our forthcoming Man with a Pan project cookbook (due to be published July 2023) and ebook.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Join in with Man with a Pan at home! Invitation to join a taster workshop online, plus an organic and fairtrade spice kit sent to your home.

£50 or more

Six week Street Food Course (Home Study)

Six Week Home Study Street Food Course - highlights from our accredited six month Street Food course approved by The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. Featuring meat-based and vegetarian Thai, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Lebanese and Mexican themed menus. All students will receive a generous spice kit and apron featuring Steenbergs Organic and Fair Trade spices.

£75 or more

Community Chef Training Award

Secure a place on our next Community Chef Programme - a 3-6 or 12-18 month supported volunteer training programme approved by The Duke of Edinburgh Skills Award Scheme (volunteering section). Includes full tutor/assessor support, level 2 training in Food Safety and Hygiene and end of programme certificate and assessor report submitted to your eDofe account. Starts 1st of each month.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Invitation for you and a guest to one of three Man with a Pan end of project celebration events, plus goodie bag and book dedication (see £10 reward)

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