Cooking programme

YMCA Black Country Group


Area’s support can be offered

Sandwell   Dudley   Wolverhampton   Central   Walsall


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Where is it?

The programme can be delivered in any suitable location as long as there is access to a sink and hot water.



Each session is 2 hours long.
Dates and times can be flexible to meet need.


Overview of Support offered


A six week cooking programme to learn essential life skills as well as understanding the benefits of eating healthy, nutritious meals.
Each week participants will have the opportunity to prepare, cook and eat a healthy main meal. Throughout the course, the Healthy Cooking Facilitator will set a theme each week, including food hygiene, how to avoid too much fat, sugar and salt, portion control, understanding food labels and being ‘shop savvy’. The Healthy Cooking Facilitator will demonstrate how to safely prepare and cook food and will equip participants with the skills needed to cook safely at home or in the workplace.
We support participants seeking a career in catering, or teaching in a kitchen by providing the opportunity to complete a Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering qualification.

Is this activity linked to;

Increasing confidence   Increasing motivation   Increasing Optimism   Improving employability


Where does this support fit into my journey?

Engagement   This is me   I’m up for it   I’m ready   I’m on my way


Session type

Individual   Group
Minimum No.   Maximum No. 8


what equipment should I bring

We provide all of the equipment and ingredients. We do require access to a sink with hot running water.


Outcomes expected


    • Young people will have the skills to be able to cook healthy, nutritious meals from raw ingredients.
    • Young people will have improved confidence, self-esteem, optimism and motivation.
    • Young people will improved awareness of food hygiene and health and safety in the kitchen to reduce the risk of food poisoning or accidents when cooking for themselves
    • Young people will have the opportunity to volunteer on future programmes to enhance their employability skills, gain essential experience and will be able to use YMCA Black Country Group as a reference if they volunteer on 3 or more programmes.
    • Young people will have a better understanding of healthy eating including the risks of eating too much fats, salts and sugars, eating the correct portion sizes, what a balanced nutritious meal is, and how to read food labels to help inform decisions.