YOUTH WORK – Making a sustainable difference to the future of the young people

We take a holistic approach to tackling food poverty, obesity and social inequalities. Issues which currently affect three million young people from “disadvantaged” backgrounds in the UK.

Our youth work is about making a sustainable difference to the lives of these young people.

Many young people are reaching an age of independence without the simple skills to eat well on a budget. This is damaging to health, well-being and financial security.

We focus on ‘hard to reach’ young adults. We meet them where they’re at and help them to access vital life skills and develop their careers.

Making participation easy is key. We take our courses to participants and create a relaxed and inclusive environment working in partnership with organisations that have young people in their care.

All meals are prepared as a team and eaten as a team at the end of the session. Participants leave with the confidence to cook without recipes and prepare meals unaided.

Our courses are tailored to the needs of each group and led by professional session leaders. We run both digital and physical sessions. Get in touch to find out how we can work with you.

 

Youth Work – Improving physical and mental health and wellbeing!

“Firstly, it’s a great opportunity for young people who can’t afford to have a proper dinner at home or in the hostel. Secondly, it helps us learn how to cook and makes us feel confident about it. There is no ‘I can’t cook’ because with the right directions you can do it! Also, cookery class gives us a chance to try different flavours.

Lastly, the most important part; we are all different, have different stories and some of us come from different countries but with the cookery class, there is no difference. We are the same. We cook, we chat and we eat together. It makes me feel like I am with my family.”

Participant

Depaul UK

Eat Club - YOUTH WORK – Making a sustainable difference to the future of the young people.

“I believer the main success of the course was being able to get the young people committed and fully involved in the project. Have also received positive feedback from the young people in the group.”

Dilu

Youth Worker, Somers Town Youth Centre

Eat Club - YOUTH WORK – Making a sustainable difference to the future of the young people.
Eat Club - YOUTH WORK – Making a sustainable difference to the future of the young people.
Eat Club - YOUTH WORK – Making a sustainable difference to the future of the young people.
I would like to say thank you so much for the wonderful Eat Club sessions. The last 6 weeks with the primary group have been amazing. The leader Liam was fantastic. He really got the young people so involved. I was impressed with how many different dishes, sides dishes and desserts they made. They would make 3-4 different things in about an hour a half. I loved that Liam was ambitious and believed in the young peoples’ capabilities. The young people were keen to take part each week and were great at trying everything they had made. For many of the dishes the young people would say the food was yummy. Liam was great with the young people. He was very patient, calm yet super engaging. The young people worked well with him. His timings were great and I really felt like he understood the young people well.
Janita

Programme Director, Hackney Quest

“Eat Club is a very cool way of interacting with other young people who share similar interests and also a fun way of testing out certain skills. David has a calm approach towards us and is friendly to talk to, never judges you for making a mistake and is fun to be around. Overall Eat Club is brilliant.”

Participant

Depaul UK

I think it’s safe to say we love Eat Club. Abigail and Toni have been amazing. Last week they did something special for one of the girls birthdays. It’s been a great partnership.
Sally

Senior Youth Worker, Mary's Youth Club

Eat Club - YOUTH WORK – Making a sustainable difference to the future of the young people.

“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.”

Stephen

Project Director & Senior Youth Worker, Copenhagen Youth Project

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And this is what our young people think about us:

“I really enjoyed the cooking session I had fun and liked trying new foods”

“I thought it was amazing and taught a lot of thing”

“I really enjoyed the cooking and the way the activities were set”

“It was good  to get the food  cooking and I was very happy doing it all the time”

“I enjoyed doing cooking with others”

“I tasted lots of different foods and some I never tasted before”

“I told my mum I cook at club now I can help mum at home”

Session Participants

Eat Club

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Eat Club - YOUTH WORK – Making a sustainable difference to the future of the young people.

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At the end of the last session, 88% of respondents were confident to cook their favourite Eat Club dish at home themselves

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87% of Eat Club respondents state that they have learned new cooking skills during the sessions

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At the end of the last session, 100% of respondents who could not cook their favourite meal state a desire to learn (compared to 67% at the first session)

Eat Club - YOUTH WORK – Making a sustainable difference to the future of the young people.

Get in touch

For all inquiries contact Eat Club by:

Phone

+44 7452 999751

Email

Address

Hackney Cooperative Development,
62 Beechwookd road, London, E8 3DY