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About the project

The Gallery Youth Project was set up in 1996, when local young people, from Alnwick in Northumberland, asked for a safe and welcoming place to meet their friends and take part in positive activities. Thanks to The National Lottery, the project has been able to run a series of practical and healthy microwave cooking classes to help prepare school leavers to live more independently. Everyone who takes the course has the chance to gain a nationally recognised qualification in food hygiene too! Microwave cooking classes offer an accessible way to teach young people how to create fast and nutritional meals. Run with the support of local food enterprise Real Food Works, four courses have already taken place and, by the end of the year, between 60 and 100 young people will have benefited from the scheme. The project has seen a dramatic rise in the confidence and self-esteem in the young people involved, many of whom have found a real love of cooking. One young cook said: "Just to say, I've cooked the savoury rice three times since my last cookery class, and chocolate pudding twice. My little boy loves the savoury rice, which is fantastic because he's fussy with food. I've finally invested in some weighing scales, and at last my chocolate pudding turned out as yummy as it did in class!”

For more information about The Gallery Youth Project visit the website.

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