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Project information

Eatwise and Exercise

This project will aim to tackle the problem of obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise amongst young people living in the town of Warwick and the surrounding area. Through cooking classes, arts & drama projects and physical activities, this project will encourage youngsters to make the right choices

October 2015 - January 2016

Charity information: The Gap - Warwick Percy Estate Community Projects Ltd

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  • Need


    The Warwickshire Observatory identified that:

    Obesity levels double between Reception and Year 6;
    Risk factors associated with childhood obesity and lack of exercise include ethnicity, deprivation and urban environments – this is relevant to The Gap between 50-75% of the young people that come to Youth Club live in deprived or disadvantaged situations.

    Following an internal consultation, it was identified that over 75% of Youth Club users ate poorly and led a sedentary lifestyle.


    This 10-week project will aim to tackle the problem of obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise amongst 150+ young people aged between 7-16 years old. The project will also indirectly benefit at least 300+ family, friends and other Gap service users as the young people will be given the opportunity to disseminate their learnings through the medium of drama and arts/crafts projects. Project participants will take part in cooking classes, exercise taster sessions and educational workshops.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the consumption of fast food amongst Youth Club members


    » Education classes involving the local NHS dietetics team Cooking classes using simple, low cost, good quality ingredients

    What success will look like

    Follow-up consultation with youth club members.

  • Impact


    The project will reverse the desire of our members and their families to eat poor quality, convenience food because they will understand how detrimental a poor quality diet can be. They will also learn new cooking skills and how to prepare simple, home-cooked meals on a budget. Success will look like a 20% reduction in young people consuming fast food more than twice a week.


    Lack of desire of our young people to participate. We have dealt with this by making the project fun, interactive and accessible.


    Reporting will be done at the end of the project through email, detailing individual case studies and overall success. This will be accompanied by photos of the young people in action.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 Cooking Workshops Holding ten workshops for Youth Club members and their families
      £1,500 Activity/Sport taster sessions To engage with local providers to visit The Gap to provide interactive taster sessions
      £1,000 Ingredients and Art Materials To provide ingredients for Cooking Workshops and materials to prepare an end of project recipe book
      £2,000 Youth Worker Salaries To pay for Youth Workers to run these sessions
  • Background


    Warwick is deemed an wealthy town, however, there a areas of deprivation where children are left to fend for themselves and learn bad habits from other likeminded children and adults. The Gap Youth Club is situated right on the edge of such an area - the Percy Estate - and therefore attracts over 100 children who are living with difficult circumstances at home.


    Over 150 young people aged between 7-16 and potentially 300+ families and friends. There are many old and young people living on the Percy Estate and there is a lack of community understanding between the two age groups. Anti-social behaviour is common, and older people often feel threatened or nervous about leaving their home. Educating these children and their families to make better lifestyle choices will have a beneficial affect on their confidence which could improve community relations

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Gap Community Centre is at the Hub of the local community. People of all ages use the Gap and we are experienced in understanding and recognising the needs of people and addressing the problems they might face.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rich Parsons

    Youth Team Leader

    Marcos Campos

    Youth and Families Manager

    Thato Malebye

    Volunteer Youth Worker

    Sybil Roberson

    Youth Worker