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

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.

We also have more advanced courses, healthy eating courses and specialist courses such as Indian cookery and vegetarian cooking. Each session costs £5 which includes the cost of ingredients, instruction and lunch.

We have three locations and four venues:


Ann Owens Centre, Oak Lane N2 8LT

Vegetarian Cookery - Starts Monday 19 June 2017 for 6 Mondays 11am - 1.30pm

Indian Cooking - Starts Monday 4 September 2017 for 6 Mondays 11am - 1.30pm

Cookery Masterclass - Starts Monday 30 October 2017 for 3 Mondays 11am - 1.30pm

Festive Fayre - pick up some festive cookery skills with former chef Graham - Starts Monday 20 November for 5 Mondays 10.30am until 1.30pm


Hartley Hall, Flower Lane NW7 2JA (for men only)

Tricks of the trade: insider chef secrets - Starts Tuesday 20 June for 5 Tuesdays 11am - 1.30pm

Autumn favourites: good old fashioned comfort foodStarts Thursday 21 September 2017 for 5 Thursdays 11am-1.30pm

Mill Hill International School, Milespit Hill, NW7 2RX

Healthy eating: with nutritionist - Starts Tuesday Sept 12 for 10 Tuesdays 11am - 1.30pm

Cakes and bakes - Starts Wednesday 13 September 2-4pm for 10 Wednesdays


Barnet & Southgate college, Southgate Campus N14 6BS

Forthcoming courses

Dishes from around the globe - Starts Thursday 28 September 2017 for 5 Tuesdays 11am-1.30pm

Chutney and Jam making workshops - Will take place end of September 2017

 Email us for more details 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