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Recipe for Success template - create and share your recipe

There are lots of links between food, diet, cooking and mental health and wellbeing. Indeed, providing a discrete life skills course including eating and cooking on a budget was for a time a common  starting point for mental health services and FE colleges to work together. Many learners with mental health difficulties complete catering courses and go on to succeed in working in what is one of the most high work-related stress sectors of all. Because most of us are familiar with rthe concept of a 'recipe' it  provides a non-threatening way to explore our provision for learners (and/or staff) with mental health problems.

Just in case the Recipe for Success resource has inspired you to create your own effective practice recipe, we've produced this template.  

Use it as a planning tool, for team building, staff training, service review and with learners

  • Agree the ingredients  as a large group (by brainstorming them or use the key ingredients section in Recipe for Success to provide a starting point)
  • Get small groups to produce their methods
  • Compare and contrast the results
  • See if you can agree a single method as your way forward

Why not compare and contrast staff and learners recipes or different departments or partners recipes?

We thought you might also find the questonnaire and handout that we sent out to the colleges in Recipe for Success a useful starting point so we have  also included them as resources in the virtual library: 

Recipe for Success colleges questionnire 

Recipe for Success handout of key influences on internal and external partnerships

Once you've had a go at creating your own recipe, why not submit it for inclusion in the online collection to help us build up a bigger and even more useful picture of effective practice across the UK? Simply use the contact us form or email it to us at the-team@mhfe.org.uk.

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