Before Covid 19, Little Sprouts ran mobile community cooking workshops throughout the Tees Valley.

During Covid, their response has been to set up food hubs and a kitchen to provide food and meals and to redistribute surplus food from supermarkets and businesses to our VCSE partners, schools and the immediate community.

Passionate about trying to get back to their community cooking roots, they began putting together recipe bags and baking bags, to give people, families and children a much needed activity to break up the daily routine and a way to improve cooking skills. One of their Hubs is at Havelock St, Thornaby which has been open to the public for food, essentials help and support since March.  One essential service helping the community is the outreach work undertaken by Annalice of Trac UK, who has been helping local residents who are in recovery or waiting to enter recovery.

They run a timetable of free online safe space sessions which women can access through their FB, women only recovery group. Annalice asked if they could run a zoom cooking session as part of their timetable.

“We were thrilled to give it a go. We designed a recipe, checked people had the equipment needed and dropped off the bags ready for a virtual evening cooking session. For an hour, we cooked and chatted and once finished, we all ate together.  It was so lovely to get back to some kind of community cooking with an amazing group of ladies.” – Debbie Fixter of Little Sprouts.

For more information or if you are interested in running zoom cooking sessions with Little Sprouts get in touch call 07980 898920 or email

Have a news article you'd
like to share?

Click the link below to submit your article to us

Submit Article