We had the opening of Rebecca House on Friday, It was a lovely evening - luckily the weather held out for us - and it was great to be able to celebrate the opening of our second charity house.
The aim of our second house is to provide more accommodation for care leavers and homeless young people. With a live-in house supervisor, residents can live independently but know that there is always someone there if and when required. As always our main aim is to get our residents into work, education/training or volunteering and have them move on to independent living when they ready.
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend on the evening - it was great to see some of the amazing people who support the charity in many different ways - plus to everyone else who have helped and support us in any way on our journey up to this point and beyond.
We also want to say a special thank you to John Campbell from The Woodspeen for doing a delicious buffet, Peter McClintock for the photo's and to everyone else who helped out on the night.
This week our young people were invited to The Woodspeen restaurant and cookery school, with Owner and Michelin Chef, John Campbell. John put together lessons on budget shopping, storing food and cooking lessons, our young people cooked soup, chicken casserole, chicken curry and bolognese.
On Friday they will go back and tackle deserts, with a plan from John who also gave one of our young people a budget to buy ingredients for a family recipe she remembers when she was small, and, if successful, he has promised to put it on the Woodspeen menu. How fantastic is that. We now have a very excited young lady in the house. Small things to some can honestly make such a big difference to others.
Our young people have benefited so much from this support and help with budget cooking.
John took the time to personalise these lessons for our charity and we would like to thank him and the team at the Woodspeen for all their support and help...
THANK YOU FROM ALL AT YPACF
Our Young People are soon to be taught the tricks of the trade at Michelin star restaurant Woodspeen in Newbury, Berkshire
Cooking fresh and healthy meals is a vital life skill for independent living and is a core part of our development programme that our young people undertake as they transition from foster care to adults. John Campbell, who opened the WoodSpeen restaurant located in Speen, Newbury, in 2014, will be providing our young people with two cookery sessions. This will give them an amazing opportunity to learn from a top chef! We are so grateful to John for giving such valuable time to support us and our Young People are really looking forward to meeting you, and learning from you, in May.
You can read more about this here in Newbury Today online.
Also a very big thank you to all of our supporters, especially KPMG, who have helped us to fund a new kitchen so that our young people have a pleasant environment to practice and use their new skills.
The Team @ Young People & Children First
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