Eat Well Live Well is Age UK Barnet’s programme to improve the health and diet of older people in Barnet as well as tackle social isolation.

We offer fun and healthy cookery courses around the borough for older men who want to pick up some kitchen skills. We also offer a free dietary support service for people who might not be getting the nutrition they need to stay well.


Cookery courses for men and women

Our beginners cookery courses aim to equip older men to cook healthily. Many participants are recently widowed or caring for their wives. At the end of the course participants can cook five or six nutritious dinners and puddings and have made friends in the process. Each session costs £5 which includes the cost of ingredients, instruction and lunch.
Here are our next classes at our current venues:


1: Ann Owens Centre, Oak Lane N2 8LT - East Finchley

Dishes from around the world (run by a former chef) starts Monday 9 January 2017 for 5 Mondays from 10.30am-1.30pm

Indian cookery starts Monday 13 February 2017 for 6 Mondays from 11am- 1.30pm

Vegetarian cookery course - Friday 24 February 2017 for 6 Fridays from 11am until 1.30pm

Healthy cookery (with nutritionist) - starts Monday 27 March for 10 Mondays 11am-1.30pm

Vegetarian cookery - starts Monday 19 June for 6 Mondays 11am-1.30pm


2: Mill Hill International School, Milespit Hill, NW7 2RX

10 week healthy cookery course - run by nutritionist

Starts Tuesday 7 February for 10 Tuesdays 11am - 1.30pm


3: Hartley Hall, Flower Lane,  Mill Hill NW7 2JA

Beginners cookery for men starts on Wednesday 1 March for 5 Wednesdays from 10.45pm- 1pm



Barnet & Southgate College, Southgate Campus, High Street, Southgate N14 6BS 

Our 10-week healthy eating cookery course starts Tuesday 24 January for 10 Tuesdays from 11am until 1.30pm



Email us for more information and to book a place.


Men's cookery club

This club is for men who have attended one of our beginner classes. It runs at the Ann Owens Centre in East Finchley once every six weeks on a Monday from 11am - 1pm. Each session costs £5. See Email us to find out details of the next workshop.



One-off workshops such as pizza making, Indian vegetarian cooking and healthy heart cuisine also run throughout the year. Sessions normally cost £5 but please check when you book. Some of the workshops are aimed only at men but some are open to men and women. See cookery courses section (above). To book on to one of our courses or workshops, or to find out more email us.


Free dietary support service

This is for older people who might be struggling to eat well to stay healthy.
Age UK Barnet trains volunteers to offer one to one support in people’s homes to help improve diet and stay well. Many people lose their appetites due to illness. Some cannot eat the same foods that they used to or need help improving access to food.
We aim to renew interest in food or improve diet by helping with:
- Analysing food diaries, planning meals and snacks
- Tutoring in online shopping
- Budgeting support
- Finding local lunch clubs and ways to make eating sociable

Referrals from professionals

We welcome referrals from health, social services and housing professionals who have identified clients as being at risk of malnutrition or suspect their diet may put them at risk of ill health.

Eat Well referral criteria
Eat Well referral form



Referrals from members of public

Do you know someone who has been losing weight recently or is not getting the nutrients they need? Maybe you need help with your own eating? Find out if Eat Well Live Well can help.

Further information