Young people at Curo’s supported housing schemes in Bath cooked up a healthy celebratory lunch on Friday 27 June to showcase their Three Square food education project.
The Three Square project, designed and delivered by young people living in Curo’s supported accommodation, is part of two-year programme which aims to improve young people’s awareness of health issues.
Through the Healthy Conversions programme, funded by the National Lottery and managed by the Foyer Federation, colleagues working in Curo’s young persons’ services have been encouraging residents to talk about the health-related issues that matter to them.
Clare Birch, Curo Learning and Development Worker, said: “In our conversations residents identified a common problem facing young people in their situation is how to cook and eat healthily with little or no income. They decided this was a health issue they would like to tackle.
“They came up with the name Three Square after their research amongst young people suggested that, far from eating three square meals a day, many eat a proper meal only three times a week.”
The team of young people, supported by Curo, worked together to look at the challenges around cooking and eating healthily on a budget, and to come up with creative ways to address these. They met with outside agencies, including Foodcycle and Fareshare, to understand how they are tackling similar problems in the wider community.
The project was funded for three months and during this time the team carried out many different activities to promote healthy eating at five different supported housing sites. These included cookery lessons, a regular ‘Free Food Tuesday’ shared meal, food deliveries, a ready, steady, cook competition, and a ‘breakfast bombing’ campaign.
To celebrate the success of the project, the young people involved served up a buffet lunch and talked to a number of local stakeholders including former Mayor of Bath Cllr Roger Symonds about their work.
Iain Seviour is one of the young people behind the 3 Square project: “3 Square has given me the opportunity to use my skills as a chef to help other young people and the wider community. It’s been great to focus my time and attention on something that benefits others.”
Claire said: “It’s been good to see how keen the young people are to do something to help others, and what creative ideas they have come up with.”
The project has been so successful that the young person’s team is now looking at how they can continue to build on the good work that has been started. The team is keen to hear from anyone who might be able to support them as they continue this work.
For more information contact Clare Birch on 01225 405004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curo provides homes and support for a wide range of young people in Bath & North East Somerset and Wiltshire. The services also include supported housing ranging from low to medium support, a floating support service called Reach, a teenage parents support scheme and a mediation service helping to prevent homelessness and enable families to stay together.