ASDAN grant puts healthy eating on the menu


Cooking and healthy eating projects are now on the menu at one alternative education provider thanks to a grant from ASDAN.

The You Project is a scheme run by Newcastle YMCA to offer informal learning to students who are not in mainstream education. They used ASDAN grant funding to install a new kitchen and purchase catering equipment.

Kath Reay, the manager of the project, said the new facility provided great opportunities for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students.

“It allows them to express themselves and be creative in a kitchen environment, because they often do not get this opportunity or experience at home. Staff encourage participation with small groups of young people to increase self-confidence and raise aspirations,” she explained.

“The young people often arrive at the project without any breakfast or money for lunch. The training kitchen gives them access to a light breakfast with options like toast or cereal and a hot drink. This prepares them for their day, improving concentration levels. The grant has given us the equipment to benefit all our students.”

ASDAN Short Courses, such as FoodWise, are used with the students to complement the activities provided by the project. This assists with learning outcomes and ensures that students have a portfolio of evidence when they leave the project to demonstrate what they have learnt.