In the summer of 2018, Burnley FC in the Community received funding from Warburtons to deliver the Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food cooking programme to several young carers living in Burnley and the surrounding areas.
The eight-week course was delivered at Burnley Community Kitchen, the town centre foodbank and teaching kitchen facility, and offered the carers the chance to develop basic kitchen skills and try new recipes, with a focus on nutrition.
First to enrol on the course were a group of six young carers aged 12-17 years, from Carers Link.
During the course, the group learned how to make a variety of healthy recipes including homemade pizza, vegetarian chilli, burgers, and even soup and homemade bread – from scratch! Following the session each week, group members took home a copy of the recipe and a bag of ingredients to recreate the meal at home for family members.
BFCitC Healthy Lifestyles Manager, Charlotte Griffiths said: “We received so much positive feedback from the course, with participants feeling more confident about learning to cook with basic ingredients, their ability to follow recipes, and enjoying trying new foods.”
Carole Moulton, Young Carers Development Worker at Carers Link said: “The feedback from parents has been fantastic. They are so impressed with how the young carers have learnt such great cooking skills in a short space of time and how this will improve their health in the long term.”
“I have seen first-hand how the young carers have gained confidence and are really proud of the food they produced. Even though the first group’s cooking sessions have finished they still talk about what they cooked each week and how they used the ingredients provided to make meals at home for their families.”
Malachy (12) who took part in the programme, said: “I really know now that I want to be a chef, I liked preparing the food and cooking and it was great being in a proper kitchen.”
Since the cooking course, the group of carers have also enjoyed an afternoon of Clip & Climb at BFCitC’s Leisure Box, and even a trip to Burnley FC’s Barnfield Training Centre, followed by lunch with the gaffer himself Sean Dyche!
Burnley Community Kitchen host various free cooking classes throughout the year. To find out more information contact Assistant Community Kitchen Manager, Nathan Norris on 01282 448577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.