Young People

We run regular cooking and nutrition courses at youth clubs for vulnerable children and teenagers. 

The courses provide them with the opportunity to interact with adults, giving them more confidence, better independent living skills, involving them in food preparation and making it fun. 

We also show them that they are being listened to so they feel comfortable asking questions. 

Millwey Rise, Axminster

Childhood obesity is a real issue for the parents and children of today. Nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese, and we are seeing the first generation of children that are likely to be less healthy than their parents. The highest levels of obesity are seen in those children from low income backgrounds, and in East Devon there are pockets of real deprivation.

Millwey Rise is the largest housing estate in east Devon. It has higher than average numbers of people dependent on benefits – many families experiencing deprivation and addiction issues. New children attend the youth club all the time, so they need ongoing support.

Littleham, Exmouth

Childhood obesity is a real issue for the parents and children of today. Nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese, and we are seeing the first generation of children that are likely to be less healthy than their parents. The highest levels of obesity are seen in those children from low income backgrounds, and in East Devon there are pockets of real deprivation.

The Littleham estate is a large social housing estate, with many children having difficulties at home and 80% have dealings with social services.

What people say about Millwey and Littleham Youth Groups

A youth worker from the Littleham youth group had this to say about HALFF’s sessions…

“It’s the only time I see young people who wouldn’t normally socialise with each other coming together to work on a common goal, the cooking.”

“The sessions have encouraged healthy relationships between males/females in the group as they work on meals together.  This has broken down the barriers of how you can have productive relationships with the opposite sex.’

And from the kids themselves…

‘I don’t like vegetables, but these are really nice’

‘Can I have the recipe to make at home?’

‘I’ve never had this before [kale].  I love it!.’

“Awesome food, helps cooking at home and brings people together”

“You are learning how to cook as a team in a busy environment.  Also fun because everyone gets involved in everything.”

“Because you make food people have never tried.”

Seaton Library Youth Group

“ Liked it how everyone can get involved if they want to, and also that we can all eat it at the end….The atmosphere seems very relaxed – as if we had all the time in the world!”

“I like how we get to do most things – you just advise us.”

“I like working with others, chopping and mixing”

“Good to use maths skills.”

“Amazing, brilliant, fantastic.”  

“I really like making food as a team”.

“You get to work with people you don’t know.”

“They explain it well and then let everyone have a go.”

“You make new friends”

Devon Young Carers

One participant’s mother came into the HALFF shop one day and thanked us.  She told us that her daughter has been getting so much out of the sessions and really enjoys them.  

From the kids…

‘Tasty, fun, awesome’

‘Friendly and give you something to look forward to.’

‘Amazing.  I’ve made friends and learnt about herbs!’

Impact of our work at the youth groups

At youth groups in Exmouth and Axminster 86% of young people said that the felt more confident working with others in a team as a result of HALFF sessions; 71% had made new friends on the estate and 96% of children felt more confident about cooking healthily/what a healthy diet is.

At our Devon Young Carers sessions a fantastic 100% of the young people felt more confident working with others in a team, cooking healthily and about what a healthy diet is following our sessions.