Kitchen Kick Start
Many vulnerable young people moving towards independent living struggle to manage the complexities of adult life, they face serious disadvantages to their peers. When asked*, young care leavers often feel they leave care without practical skills such as cooking and budgeting.
Kitchen Kick Start works with teenagers and young people who are on the cusp of living independently, helping them to feel confident about cooking with healthy and affordable non-processed foods. We run a mixture of one off ‘taster’ sessions and more structured programmes over 4-6 consecutive weeks. Each session lasts for 2 hours, with the main focus on preparing and cooking healthy meals from ingredients that can be bought at the local corner shop, food co-ops, or supermarkets. The group can then enjoy their own freshly made food together.
Participants can help choose the theme and recipes for each session – for example:
We aim to run sessions in the young people’s shared residential kitchens, or in local youth centres and community kitchens they feel comfortable and familiar with.
In addition specialist advisers are invited to join the sessions to chat to participants about other issues they may be facing e.g. managing priority debt and bills, rent arrears, benefit advice etc.
– Kitchen Kick Start participants