Children are benefiting from more confidence and a greater understanding of healthy living after completing a project.
Lodge Park Technology College has celebrated completing its Let’s Get Healthy project which was funded by a £9,750 grant from the Big Lottery’s Fund’s Awards for All.
The programme aimed to be an extra curricular project to equip children classed as vulnerable or from low income families with the skills to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Students were taught cookery skills after school, were given nutritional advice and had exercise sessions during the 10-week programme.
The 35 youngsters from across Year 7 to Year 11 welcomed more than 40 elderly people and guests including the town’s deputy mayor Cllr Mohammed Rahman in for afternoon tea to sample their culinary delights on Friday.
Tracy Keogh, who led the project with fellow learning mentor Sami Scott and examinations officer Rob Sandy, said many of those who took part had never cooked for themselves before.
One pupil who took part had since gone on to a catering course at Tresham College and another has been offered a place.
She added: “I think it gave the students an enjoyment of cooking and they have been taking it home and passing the skills on to friends in the community.
“They have developed enthusiasm about cooking and have an understanding about healthy eating as opposed to McDonalds and chip shops.
“We had one girl who did the course and who realised she wants to go in to childcare after coming back to help the younger ones.”