For the last 5 years we have been operating monthly cooking classes for the Deaf. Our classes are taught in NZSL. Our club members range in age from 28 to 58 and we have a mix of men and women. The Deaf Wellbeing Cooking Club started because of the need to reduce the isolation that many Deaf experience and to improve their quality of life through education, companionship and achievement. We teach economical healthy recipes in a non-judgemental environment.
Our Deaf Wellbeing Cooking Club offers the opportunity to learn new recipes, new techniques, specialised meals for people with allergies or intolerances and information about nutrition. The groups learn how to interpret recipes that may have seemed too difficult in written English language which are made easier by using NZSL. During the last 5 years we have taught over 70 recipes in NZSL ranging from festive dishes such as Christmas cake and hot cross buns through to healthy, low fat meals like fish parcels or date and apple breakfast muffins.
We have taught international dishes including paella, kerstkrans and saagwala. Through this we have opened our participants eyes to the wonder of food and cooking. Everyone loves food and bonding over food is easy. Preparing meals can be relaxing and rewarding, giving confidence and a sense of achievement to the cooks.
Cost for the class is $20. This includes all ingredients, menus, lunch, and something to take home.
In February 2017 we became the Deaf Wellbeing Society Incorporated and we were able to start filming our recipes in NZSL. These are all on our face book page too.
If you would like to see a particular recipe taught and filmed in NZSL let us know by clicking here.
If you would like to come to our classes that are held in central Auckland, click here.
Natasha also holds one on one lessons in your home. Natasha will visit and can take you shopping before-hand if needed, thus gaining confidence in the supermarket too.
If you want to know more information about this, click here.