The Cooking Mammas project is for vulnerable young mothers in supported living, engaging them in activities to empower them, not just as mothers, but parents and young women.
We realised the need to increase knowledge and change behaviours regarding the diets of the mothers and their children; this would improve the wellbeing for both mother and child in many ways. After speaking with a group of teenage mothers they told us "We don't know what or how to cook" "We want to be able to cook for our families something quick and easy, and we do not have much money". Leading to their consumption of snacks.
However, their lack experience, knowledge, skills and confidence in addition to a limited budget is a barrier to a healthy diet for themselves and their families.
Getting involved and supporting the project
Your donation will pay for facilities, time and resources to provide sessions:
for 3hrs a day, once a week, over 8 weeks for a group of 8 vulnerable young women, including care for their children, to learn about and practice cooking simple healthy meals on a restricted budget.
Allowing a cooked meal during the session and a meal to take away.
Sessions to include; All about Eggs, Cooking for a friend, The Benefits of Broccoli, and Brilliant Breakfasts
The costs for this project are:
Room Hire including professional kitchen £25ph
Ingredients £5 per person per session
Child care £34 per session
Programme delivery £81 per session, plus administration and project management £368.00
This is just £276 for an 8 week programme for mother and child/children to learn about healthy alternatives to their diet and to experience the benefits of fresh food and home style cooking.
£2208.00 per project to empower families to eat healthily on a restricted budget.
- 'Cooking Mammas' aim to improve awareness of the benefits of reducing the consumption of excess sugar and salt and processed foods.
- The Cooking Mammas group will decide together what they would like to cook from a comprehensive choice of budget recipies
- Cooking Mammas will provide disadvantaged young women with time to socialise in a positive environment, alleviating loneliness; and gain new skills for the benefit of themselves and families.
- MAST will measure all outcomes and impact, analyzing results to inform improvements
- Cooking Mammas will provide the opportunity for the young women to cook for their family/friends/relatives
- MAST will offer the opportunity to take up a Certified Food Hygiene Course to support employment opportunities.
I am grateful for my upbringing on healthy home cooked meals, and have passed this on to my own children, who now as teenagers and young adults take care of their diets. I want to be able to share this with others.
Your help to bring this project to life this would be appreciated by many, including the young women and their children involved, and not forgetting their dentists and doctors!
Who are MAST and what do they do?
Here at MAST, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in providing opportunities for improving the chances of success for young people.
We believe that a single action can make a difference to a future, and that collective action can greatly impact the transition to independence and stability.
MAST work with young people at their location, where they already feel safe, are surrounded by people familiar to them with the stability they need; we will relocate with them if the need arises, being their constant.
MAST Outreach Services are a not-for-profit organisation providing outreach services to empower and enable young people to rebuild and take control of their lives; stepping forward to education, employment, training and independence. Our revenue is generated from Service contracts, Commissioned work and Private instruction/training/tutoring.