Project information

Healthy Food, Healthy Bodies

Healthy Food, Healthy Bodies will help children and young people with a disability learn about healthy eating and gain food preparation skills. Cooking is an important independent living skill, and the project will support high needs young people to learn in a safe, supported environment.

September 2015 - December 2015

Charity information

The Huddleston Centre

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  • Need


    Obesity within disabled young people is at an all-time high. Poor nutrition coupled with low mobility contributes to high rates of disease. Often, children and young people are unaware of the impact of their food choices on how they feel, and whether or not they are physically well.


    Healthy Food, Healthy Bodies will tackle this by educating young people about healthy food choices and providing them with the skills to ensure they can eat healthily, safely and well.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To teach disabled children and young people about healthy food choices


    » Learning about the benefits of a healthy diet; understanding the impact that a diet high in fat, salt and sugar has on health

    Participants will be quizzed to gauge their knowledge along the way, and feedback from staff, parents and participants will be gathered .

    Aim 2

    To develop cooking and food preparation skills in disabled children and young people


    » Increase cooking skills; discover and try new recipes; implement food hygiene; appreciate the bonding aspects of cooking and eating together

    Expert staff will gauge the skill development of young people as the project progresses, and feedback from staff, parents and participants will be gathered .

  • Impact


    The Healthy Food, Healthy Bodies project will aim to have a lifelong effect on the eating habits of young people with a disability. Any positive changes in terms of reduction of salt, fat or sugar will have a direct impact on their health and benefit their quality of life.

    Success will be measure through a post-project follow-up survey which, compared with a baseline survey, will measure changes in eating habits, skill levels, and healthy living.


    Since the project is aimed at high-needs young people, there are a range of risks to consider including challenging behaviours and high-level medical needs. Fully trained and qualified disability support staff will work at all project sessions, and high-needs young people requiring one-to-one support will have it. Due to the low mobility of many participants, transport to and from the project will be provided.


    Donors will receive updates via the Huddleston Centre's social media, website and annual report. A special report will also be created for the project which will be sent as a thankyou to all donors upon its completion.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,530

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,535 Food programme Holding ten professionally facilitated food workshops
      £635 Transport & Publicity Transport for 16 disabled young people with high-needs; advertising availabilty & sharing successes
      £2,560 Support staff Ratio of 1 staff to 4 young people, as legally required
      £800 Project Management To take program bookings, organise staffing and transport, manage contract, safeguarding
  • Background


    The project will be delivered at the Shoreditch Trust Food Programme. Participants will live in or be connected to the London Borough of Hackney.


    The London Borough of Hackney has a high number of BME residents, and many of these access the services of The Huddleston Centre. The Borough is one of the less affluent in London.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Huddleston Centre has been delivering services to children and their families in the London Borough of Hackney for over 30 years. The Centre is a highly respected part of the local community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Cassandra Delisser

    Cassandra has been the Youth Project Manager at the Centre for 17 years. She is highly regarded by parents and young people alike.


1-2-1 support for a young person with high needs

Hackney is one of the most disadvantaged Boroughs in the UK, with 41% of local children living in poverty

Josh Fergeus - Director