Cookery school and café.
Cookery school for children, young adults with learning disabilities, children in care, care leavers, young people with eating disorders, cooking therapy for young people with depression and mental health problems.
Cooking lessons can be 1 to 1 or group workshops, depending on the levels of need of each individual. Teaching cookery skills and the healthy eating plan of the DofH and DofE for children in schools and afterschool clubs, holiday workshops, etc.
Training and employing young care leavers and young people with disabilities with an interest in catering, childcare, hospitality, as well as nutrition and health. To improve their possibility to gain employment. This will give them lasting and sustainable skills and knowledge for life, as well as, the ability and understanding why healthy diet is so important. This fact will also affect their children as their parents will have an understanding about a healthy diet and will be able to cook from scratch. Children and young people with a poor diet run the risk of growth, developmental problems and poor academic performance. Bad eating habits and not having a knowledge of the importance of cooking and food can persist for the rest of their lives. Rising levels of obesity and diabetes in the UK are prime examples of the effects of a poor diet and a lack of exercise. Reports from the DofH is that 4 of the top 10 leading causes of deaths are directly influenced by diet. These are: heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. This has an impact on the NHS.
For care leavers this is a very important skill to have. Some of the young people struggle to cook and budget.
The Café will also provide care leavers and young adults with learning disabilities to be able to acquire skills and get the experience in the hospitality business and give them the ability to get jobs in the future. The café will serve some of the food prepared in the cookery school.
My hope is to be able to get premises near the centre of Bristol, with easy links to transport and city wide. This will give a possibility to as many children and young people as possible to be able to attend and enjoy this workshops.