Stir it up!

Stir it up!

Stir it up! is a project which supports people to promote healthy eating and good food in their local community.

Volunteers from the community receive training with a focus on healthy eating, practical food ideas, presentation skills, kitchen safety and food hygiene. On completion the volunteers receive a nationally recognised qualification and are supported to deliver healthy eating activities in their community.

The healthy food activities may include presentations at community gardens, talks, displays, cooking demonstrations, supermarket tours or facilitating cooking classes.

Stir it up! is coordinated by Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD)  – Health Promotion Service.


On 3 November 2017 Stir it up! celebrated the graduation of 5 new volunteers from the Wollongong training course. Another 11 volunteers will complete their training in the Shoalhaven area on 27 November.

Since Stir it up! began in August 2010, over 550 healthy eating activities have been conducted in the local community and have reached approximately 11 500 community members.


The Stir it up! project is open to members of the local community aged 18 years and over who are interested in promoting healthy eating in their local community and in volunteering to help other community members learn about healthy eating. (Criteria for participating in the training applies).

To request an activity or further information please contact Robyn on 4221 6777


From 2016 some Stir it up! volunteers will be registered with local organisations and supported to run healthy eating activities within that organisation. If your organisation is interested in becoming a Stir it up! Companion Organisation, please contact Robyn on 4221 6777.

Information Booklet for Companion Organisations – 2017


To download Stir it up! information please click on the links below:

Stir it up! Information Booklet – 2018

Information for volunteer peer-educators – 2018


Stories from Stir it up! – Reflections of Stir it up! Volunteers

Information for Host Organisations

Stir it up! Activity Request Form

Stir it up! Risk Assessment Form


Stir it up! Annual Report 2011

Stir it up! Annual Report 2012

Stir it up! Annual Report 2013

Stir it up! Annual Report 2014

Stir it up! Annual Report 2015

Stir it up! Annual Report 2016

Photo Permission Form

From Volunteering Australia Website:

Volunteer Rights

Definition and principles of Volunteering


For the 2014 Graduation and Celebration we composed a poem to thank the wonderful TAFE staff who have been involved in the Stir it up! Project!

Ode to TAFE Teachers


For Stir it up! Volunteers:

Stir it up! 2017 Calendar of Catchups