Hull young people were able to put their culinary skills to the test thanks to our community Reachout Team. The Reachout programme is run by Newground Together, a charity that’s part of the Together Housing Group, and offers support to young people, families and communities through a number of projects.
Aware of the ‘takeaway’ culture popular amongst young people on the East Hull estate, the team were keen to provide sessions where healthy and nutritional meals could be created within a budget.
Securing funding from the Healthy Holiday Awards, the team purchased ingredients and equipment to prepare and cook ‘fakeaway’ style dishes. Meals that were cooked included: Thai green curry, chicken and mince tacos, pizza and chicken souvlaki skewers.
The summer programme included six weekly cooking sessions delivered from the Ings Resource Centre. The cooking programme proved to be a massive success with each session averaging at least 20 young people. Staff accommodated the larger numbers by creating roles for each attendee including food prep, setting tables, making drinks and general housekeeping tasks.
The young people learnt and developed a range of skills during the sessions including team work, food preparation, food hygiene and safety, service skills, basic cooking skills and housekeeping duties.
They were proud to show off their new cooking techniques, often taking home containers for their families to try.