We take a holistic approach to tackling food poverty, modern malnutrition and social inequalities, which in the UK currently affect three million young people from “disadvantaged” backgrounds.
Many young people are nowadays reaching an age of financial independence and independence in terms of their food choices without having the means, skills or the knowledge of how to best shop, cook and eat.
This ultimately leads to unhealthy food choices resulting in overweight, obesity and early onset of type 2 diabetes.
We therefore engage hard to reach young adults by making participation in our courses easy. We take our courses to them and create a relaxed and inclusive environment. Participants learn culinary principles that help them to eat well whatever the budget, throughout their lives.
Meals are prepared as a team and eaten together at the end of each session.
Course structure and content is tailored to the needs of each group. We foster a sense of camaraderie and leave participants with the confidence to cook without recipes and prepare meals unaided.
“Copenhagen Youth Project (CYP) have worked in partnership with Eat Club for over two years completing some innovative, exciting, educational and progressive programmes. These programmes have engaged children and young people aged from 7 to 25 with positive outcomes enabling real change in their lives. Through the Eat Club programme an industrious, safe and warm environment has been developed which in turn has supported children young people to experience new opportunities, be creative and grow positively using food preparation, cooking and eating as the vehicle. Eat Club has provided education around food, nutrition and healthier life styles and has also provided knowledge and information on catering and the food industry, skills in planning, preparing and cooking food. Moreover, hidden behind these more obvious outcomes we have observed children and young people improve their team working skills, communication skills, listening skills, responsiveness, resilience and responsibility. The Eat Club programme has been delivered by a friendly, hardworking and interactive team who have been flexible in their approach resulting in a positive experience and progressive outcomes for all children and young people who participated.”
Eat Club members show a 24% increase in stated confidence levels in cooking new foods
At the end of the last session, 100% of people who cannot cook their favourite meal state a desire to learn (compared to 67% at the first session)
74% of Eat Club respondents state that they have learned new cooking skills during the sessions