Youngsters cooking up a storm with project

Budding young chefs have been cooking up a storm as part of a project encouraging them to get in the kitchen.

Volunteers involved in the Hirst Community Space Challenge, delivered by a number of supporters, have been holding a range of ‘pilot’ initiatives to encourage young people to get more active.

One scheme – Mixin’ It Up – has been helping eight youngsters aged 12 to 17 learn about cooking, healthy eating, diet and lifestyle.

They put their new found skills into practice at the Hirst Welfare Centre in Ashington by cooking a three-course meal for special guests, under the watchful eye of TV chef Mark Earnden.

Glynis Reynolds, Hirst Community Space Challenge Co-ordinator, said: “It’s fantastic to see such enthusiasm from the volunteers.

“Many of them started the project with little experience but through an eight-week programme they have not only grown in confidence but are now very capable young chefs and they are keen to develop this work further.”

Rachel Martin, senior youth worker at the Centre, added: “The whole ethos of our youth work programme is to provide young people with new opportunities which will help them grow as a person, help them try out new things and help develop a sense of aspiration for their future.

“Mixin’ It Up is a prime example of that and by engaging these young people through cooking, they have developed a wide range of skills which will help them for years to come.”