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Project information

Neighborhood Nutrition

We will be running a course for disadvantaged teenagers, aged 16-19 years. Our course will cover a large range of cooking/baking lessons, starting from basics and leading up to preparing gourmet meals. We will also include sessions on health & nutrition and the rules of kitchen hygiene.

May 2014 - April 2015

Charity information: Teen Action

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  • Need


    All our participants are teenagers from low income families without any work experience. They do not have the means to join work courses which will enable them to gain the vital skills required, to join the workforce in the industry which interests them. Hackney is one of the poorest Boroughs in London and it is vital that we supply today's generation of young adults with the tools and resources they require in order to be able to find a job which they enjoy.


    Teen Action will be running a cookery course to reach out to these disadvantaged young adults. The course will give them vital knowledge and skills to join the workforce, as chefs, catering assistants and waitresses. In addition our course will boost their confidence in finding a job which will empower them to perform far better at job interviews. Priority will be given to young people with no means to attend such courses due to lack of funds.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Participants will leave the course with the knowledge and skills required to enter the workforce.


    » During the course the participants will learn how to prepare a range of foods from simple biscuits to gourmet meals.
    » They will learn related issues such as kitchen hygiene, how to serve food at restaurants and knowledge of healthy eating and nutrition information.

    What success will look like

    Success will be.. 20 participants will pass the practical / written test at the end of course. The students will also prepare a complete menu for a fundraising event for our org.

  • Impact


    Our project will give 20 young people p.a. a chance to receive a well paid job rather then being stuck in the poverty cycle trap and living on state benefits. This will stop them from joining gangs and being involved in criminal and anti-social behaviour. Success will be when at least 15 p.a. either go to college to continue from our course or receive a job in the food trade. We will work closely with all graduates, giving them any help they require to ensure that they are successful.


    There are several health and safety and fire risks when working in a kitchen. We have dealt with this by making sure that everyone is aware of all applicable rules and regulations. We have a volunteer who is in charge of regularly checking all equipment, ensuring that there is a low risk of an electrical fire. In addition we will run regular fire alarm drills ensuring that everyone know what is expected from them in the unlikely event of a fire.


    Monthly reports including photographs will be sent to donors, demonstrating the participant’s progress. We will also invite them to participate in our end of course fundraising event where the menu will be prepared and served by our students.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,010

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,750 electrical appliances mixers, food processes, appliances, ovens
      £7,610 kitchen furniture cupboards drawers work space ,sinks
      £3,450 installation installing all furniture and appliances
      £4,900 screening venting and shutters
      £7,900 chef salary for part time chef teacher
      £3,400 Educational materials Recipe books and other educational materials
  • Background


    The course will be held in Hackney which is one of the poorest Boroughs in London and among the 10 poorest in England (Borough stat-pack 2009). The provisions of a free course, for those young adults who would like to learn a trade yet can't afford to pay for the course, is imperative.


    20 Young adults p.a. will benefit through gaining the skills and resources required to find a job in the food trade. The local community will also benefit since due to theses young adults being able to find employment it far less likely that they will join gangs and be involved in criminal or anti-social behaviour. In addition our course will be saving the taxpayers money, as the young adults will become tax payers rather then living of state benefits.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully arranged courses for disadvantaged young people since 2007. Most of our graduates have gone on to find full time employment utilising the skills they learnt during our courses.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Feigy Taub

    Feigy organizes all our courses. She appoints the expert trainers and arranges for everything to be in place before the start of the course.