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Project information

Caius Creates and Cooks

To provide healthy meals and activities for our members for 4 weeks in the 2016 summer holidays. We know that local young people will want to come to Caius House and get involved in creating and cooking!

July 2016 - August 2016

Charity information: Caius House

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  • Need


    Caius House has just over 1000 members many of whom are from low income families with very limited budgets. Through observation and feedback it has become apparent a large percentage of these young people are not eating properly and may not have access to healthy meals over the summer. During the summer of 2015 Caius House ran cooking sessions which were popular and meant that children could take food home and eat well during the provision.


    Caius, Creates and Cooks will solve the problem by providing nutritious food to our young people, while giving the opportunity to cook and prepare food, we will also be educating our members on nutrition, food groups and the impact that certain foods have on their bodies and general well-being. We aim to provide the young people with the tools they need to become cooks at home and prepare meals for themselves and their families.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide opportunities to prepare and cook food during the summer holidays.


    » To provide several kitchen sessions each day during summer provision where there will be the opportunity to prepare and cook food.

    What success will look like

    High attendance at each cooking session - we can have a maximum 10 young people in the kitchen so we will need to run several sessions a day

    Aim 2

    To provide 1 healthy meal for all the children who attend that day during the summer provision.


    » We will ensure that in each session the young people make additional food and we expect to feed at least 50 young people each day.

    What success will look like

    We will track the numbers of young people each day and how many eat the meals provided.

  • Impact


    The project aims to reduce the number of young people whose diet will have a detrimental effect on their health. We will ask for feedback from the young people at the end of the summer to see if they have changed the way they eat.


    Caius House operates as a drop in and currently has over 1,000 members and we average 300 children per week. As there is a lack of affordable summer provision locally, it is possible that this will prove even more popular than last year. We will increase the number of sessional staff if that is the case as it will be difficult to turn children away. We will also actively seek volunteers to assist with the provision in accordance with our child protection policy.


    We will thank all donors and offer to add them to our mailing list. We will produce a summer provision report and we are happy to discuss the bespoke requirements of major donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,750 Supplies for cooking sessions Fareshare and bought supplies for cooking
      £6,050 Staff and sessional staff Contribution to staffing and additional staff to ensure correct adult to child ratios
  • Background


    We are on Holman Rd in Battersea among estates which have high numbers of young people and high levels of poverty and disadvantage. Although there is much regeneration in the area and Wandsworth has pockets of affluence it also has areas of deprivation with poor health health and educational outcomes. There is also a growing problem of in-work poverty and the housing costs locally mean that families find the cost of activities for their children prohibitive and have to work long hours.


    This project will directly benefit members of Caius House (currently over 1,000) many of whom are disadvantaged economically or socially. In the immediate area child poverty is 24% and social housing is 22% and we know from current provision that many are eligible for free school meals and would not have money for food over the summer. Wandsworth also has a growing problem with childhood obesity so it is important that the young people who come to Caius learn about nutrition and cooking skills.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Caius House is a charity and youth club that has been working in Battersea for over a century. We have a state-the-art building on our original site which has fantastic facilities including a well equipped kitchen. We currently offer cooking sessions http://www.caiushouse.org/youth-activities/cookery-baking/ and we know that there is demand to provide this during the summer.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tameeka Smith

    Tameeka Smith has a strong track record in inclusion work within schools and is the Director at Caius House who will ensure this project is successful

    Charlene Brown

    Charlene has over 15 years experience of youth work, can engage young people well and will ensure that Create and Cook at Caius is responsive to need.

    Jasmine Thomas

    Jasmine has been teaching our members to cook for the past 18 months, is passionate about cooking nutritious food and creative with Fareshare supplies