Cooking up a treat with Starting Blocks

Our Starting Blocks programme aims to give an insight into the work environment for young people leaving care. Young people on the Springboard Project got not only that but a tasty Christmas dinner when they worked alongside chefs from the University of York at Moor Lane Youth Centre.

Dressed in their Santa hats, these budding young chefs helped the University’s Executive Chef Andrew Wood and his colleague, Ian Dickinson, prepare a turkey with all the trimmings for themselves as well as their support workers and other partners involved in the Springboard Project.

The University provided the turkey and the rest of the food was very kindly donated by Tesco York Tadcaster Road. Extra Staff from Tesco also served the food and even helped clean up afterwards!

As a result of the event, Tesco has also offered to arrange a Behind-the Scenes tour of the Tadcaster Road store for the young people and discuss the range of job opportunities available with the company.

The event provided an opportunity for the young people to come together and enjoy the festivities at a time of year which can often be difficult for them. At the same time they learnt valuable new skills and got a taste of the hospitality and catering industry from those working in the field.

Some of those involved are now completing a skills and employability training course, providing further personal development opportunities. We are exploring how employers might support this through a series of engagement activities to inspire future choices and would be keen to talk to anyone who is interested in getting involved, particularly anyone in the catering and construction industries.