Learning life skills and having fun
Learning to Cook
The cookery school is used to teach new skills which can be used to help them become more independent. Skills such as peeling and cutting vegetables, following recipes, working safely, use of the ovens and safe use of knives. We learn why hygiene is important and how to clean our work areas.
We look at recipes, creating tasty and nutritious menus and we support each other as we go food shopping in the local shops.
Working towards developing life skills for independent living and employment
Planning events is great fun for us all. We worked together as a team to plan the King’s Coronation party. We prepared 120 afternoon teas with lots of cakes, bakes and treats.
This is a great way to teach our champions how to plan and execute an event. It involves our champions working as a team and supporting each other.
Part of our cooking school is to look at healthy eating, choosing heathier options and portion control as well as what we should eat as part of our five a day.
The combination of skills our champions learn including communication skills as they work together on recipes and menus, form part of our future plans.
We would love to see our dream of a community cafe, in which our champions work to serve paying customers, a reality.
Employability is one of our key aims for our champions.
As well as having a lot of fun we focus on nurturing crucial life skills such as washing up, hoovering and even putting fuel in the car. We have enjoyed woodworking sessions, learned how to build a fire and use a washing machine.
Some of our most important life skills are taught in our garden as we work towards our “field to fork” concept.
Learn more about our garden here.