KDYS youths are cooking up a storm with new their skills

As part of a career progression and life-long learning course in the KDYS An-tOileán Garda Youth Diversion Project, nine young people took part in a three-session 'Introduction to Cookery' programme, funded by the European Social Fund. The aim of the course was to facilitate personal development, enhance the young people's CVs, enable them to have the opportunity to engage in training courses that were of interest to them and identify possible future career paths.

The young people attended the 'Just Cooking Cookery School' in Firies, facilitated by Mark and Bernie Doe. In the sessions, young people gained knowledge on basic food hygiene, including guidelines on cooking, reheating and food storage. They learned knife skills and kitchen safety rules. Through a range of dishes, young people have learned various cookery techniques and gained insight into basic nutrition, leading to a healthier lifestyle.

Helena Falvey, Youth Justice Worker Stated that "All participants have a keen interest in cooking and some have expressed an interest in this career and hope to attend cookery college after school. Cooking is also a life long learning skill for young people to be able to live a nutritious and healthy lifestyle. On completing the programme the young people received a certificate for participation in the Introduction to Cookery Course.

"Securing funding from the European Social Fund has also enabled the project to buy kitchen equipment and utensils which, young people can continue to use in the An tOileán project and acquire to further up-skill their cookery skills," said Ms. Falvey.

This course will have a long term impact for young people when they leave their homes to attend college or work. Thanks to the programme the young people have built up life skills and knowledge and experience in the cooking industry. "Hopefully we will see some of them working within the cooking industry in the Kerry area in the coming years," Ms Falvey said.

The KDYS is a charity supporting young people since 1971.


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