Grow it – Cook it – Eat it

Aylesbury Youth Action is excited to announce that we will be running a Grow It Cook It Eat It project for NEET young people. The project will run over six weeks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting from the 20th of February. The times are 11 am to 1 pm on both days.

The Tuesday sessions are held at AYA, Holman Street. In the Cook It element of the project, the young people will have the opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of food hygiene and preparation to add to their employability skills. They will work closely with Tejal Lovelock from NHS Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust (BHT), mentoring and cooking with them for five sessions over six weeks. This will allow young people to explore their creativity with different flavours, and textures, and to find their authentic cooking style. The aim is for young people to cook nutritious meals with foods they enjoy and to feel comfortable experimenting and sharing recipes from their communities. During this part of the project, there is the opportunity to gain Level 2 qualification in food safety and hygiene.

Wednesday will be held at the St Peter’s church garden. In the Grow It portion of the project. The young people will be working with Dr Dave Furze from Community Transform for four sessions. Young people will spend two hours of their week outdoors learning the fundamentals of planting and nurturing various varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs. With Dave’s mentorship and experience, young people can ask questions and broaden their understanding of a horticultural career. The aim is for young people to foster a connection with nature and the outdoor environment to support their next steps and their well-being.