Young people given life skills training in Swindon
Clivey and Twist is a local charity in the Pinehurst area of Swindon which endeavours to tackle anti-social behaviour amongst young people, a problem that affects rising numbers of people every year. With the support of DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, the charity was able to address the poor health of this group by delivering a series of healthy living workshops.
Clivey and Twist armed 120 young people with essential education about healthy living along with tools and practical means with which they can improve their own health. This was achieved through hands-on cookery sessions, drugs and alcohol awareness workshops, and one-to-one appointments with a youth worker or nurse which provided a confidential space in which they could voice their concerns. The Foundation provided Clivey and Twist with £3,365 for the running of the project.
The cookery sessions also provided the participants with other valuable culinary skills such as planning meals that appealed to them, managing budgets, and purchasing ingredients. As well as learning how to cook delicious food healthily and economically, they also gained knowledge and understanding of drugs and alcohol in order to equip them with the information they need to make informed lifestyle choices.
One of the individuals that took part in this healthy lifestyle project was Scott. He confesses that prior to the programme, his culinary experiments were limited to making toast, with everything else cooked by his mum. The majority of the food he consumed was takeaways, causing him to become overweight.
However, by the end of the scheme he developed a passion for cooking and is now considering enrolling on a cookery course at college. He also regularly exercises, feels better in himself, is in a stable relationship and regularly volunteers at the project and organises cookery sessions for younger groups.