Chapatti & Chat

Chapatti & Chat cookbook front cover

This project was developed in response to Oldham Council’s commitment to tackle diabetes as a local health priority. The aim was to deliver an arts project to raise awareness in South Asian families about the risks and the most effective ways to prevent Type 2 Diabetes.

Through community outreach the Women’s Chai Project was identified as a partner to develop the ‘Chapatti & Chat’ project and create a book of healthy family recipes.

The aim was to work with local mums, the main carers in most families, to ensure the project would have a direct impact on the whole family and the wider community.

Aims and objectives:
• Raise awareness of the dangers of Type 2 Diabetes
• Reduce diabetes in Asian adults (targeted in the Alexandra Ward, Oldham)
• Educate adults to make informed lifestyle and nutritional changes to help prevent the risk of diabetes
• Encourage families to become more active
• Create healthier versions of traditional family recipes
• Work alongside an inspirational chef to inspire great food
• Research, design and produce a healthy cookbook for use within the community in printed and digital formats

Description of the arts activity

To produce a cookbook that the community would want to read, it was essential to use a wide range of creative processes. These included:

• Creative consultation to document the Chai Women’s current knowledge and awareness of the risk and impact of Type 2 Diabetes
• Creative writing workshops to capture the women’s feelings and relationship with food and any personal experiences of diabetes that would then feature in the book
• Cooking workshops with a leading chef renowned for healthy Asian cuisine
• Food creation sessions with a chef and nutritionist to develop the healthier recipes
• Outdoor activity sessions to emphasise the importance of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle
• Dedicated sessions with book designer Harmeet Sembi and food photographer Dan Brown to create images for the cookbook
• Creating and hosting the official book launch event

1,000 hardback copies of the cookbook were distributed within the community at the end of the project, with a digital download available at www.oldham.gov.uk/cookbook

Details of the project participants

Oldham Council’s Arts Development team managed the project from the planning stage through to delivery and evaluation. This included community outreach, budget management, artist recruitment and marketing strategy.

Participation in the project was free of charge.

All participants gave their full consent.

Evaluation methods and findings

Oldham Council’s Arts Development team managed the project from the planning stage through to delivery and evaluation. This included community outreach, budget management, artist recruitment and marketing strategy.

Participation in the project was free of charge.

All participants gave their full consent.

Project Funding

The project was funded by Oldham Council Public Health with in-kind support from The Womens CHAI Project, Oldham Council Arts Development and ABL Health.

Timescale and delivery dates
1st June 2015 – March 2016

Location
Oldham, Greater Manchester (Alexandra Ward)

www.oldham.gov.uk/cookbook

Supported using public funding by the Arts Council England