Volunteers provide hot meals for summer bootcamp

children at bootcamp

A team of FoWG volunteers cooked 30 meals a day over one week in late August in our well-equipped kitchen in the new Brixton Windmill Centre.

This project was a collaboration with Community Education Foundation & Lyncx, who were delivering a very successful five-week summer camp for children and teenagers in Windmill Gardens during the school summer holidays.

From 17 to 21 August we cooked and served a hot meal each day to 30 children and their group leaders. Our menu was ambitious, with our volunteer chefs offering Turkish, Italian, Caribbean and Thai meals – the children responded positively.

The summer camp in Windmill Gardens was well organised by CEFL, who have years of experience of delivering both after-school education and holiday play schemes to young people. Despite the problems of Covid-19 – all activities had to be outside, and participants had to be kept in bubbles of 10 throughout the five weeks – the park was buzzing with activity every day.

The CEFL summer scheme, part of Lambeth and Southwark Summer Programme, was supported by Kitchen Social, an independent charity based in City Hall that works with children and young people from low income backgrounds through a range of education, employment and wellbeing programmes.

Funded by the Mayor’s Fund for London, and supported by the Department for Education, Kitchen Social supports “holiday hubs” to deliver fun food education and nutritional support activities to encourage healthy lifestyles as well as a wide range of physical activities to engage families and their young people.

Following this collaboration with CEFL we plan to work with them again to deliver a programme for 14-19-year-olds, which aims to develop their skills and confidence outside school. If we get funding, this project will consist of 22 sessions in the Brixton Windmill Centre from the October half term through to the February half term 2021.

volunteer cooks in brixton windmill centre

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