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Young people cooking up a storm in Hartlepool

13 April 2021

Young people living in a Hartlepool supported housing service have been holding a socially distanced cooking contest, to entertain themselves during lockdown and gain important life skills.

Victoria Road "Come Dine With Me 2021” winners Alan Leader and Jack Pearson.

Residents at Sanctuary Supported Living’s Victoria Road supported housing service in Hartlepool, which provides accommodation and support for vulnerable young people aged 16 to 25, have been holding a cooking competition, inspired by the television show ‘Come Dine With Me’. This marked the second year running for the contest, after its initial success with residents during the first lockdown last year.

With support from Victoria Road staff, the residents devised their own menus, based on some of their favourite meals and purchased the ingredients needed, before cooking their chosen menu for the other contestants to enjoy. Each of them then rated the others’ meals out of 5, with the resident with the highest score at the end of the week being declared the winner.

Karen Boocock, a project worker at Victoria Road, said: “The team here are very proud of everyone who took part in this year’s cooking competition, and Jack and Alan, our joint Come Dine With Me 2021 winners, are both so pleased that their menus were a success. It’s been a great opportunity for the residents to have fun during lockdown, as well as learning lots of new skills. Taking part has also given them more confidence in the kitchen and around understanding healthy eating, so they’ll be able to cook healthy and tasty meals for themselves when they live independently.”

For more information about Sanctuary Supported Living’s supported housing services for homeless and vulnerable young people, visit our young people page, read residents’ stories or search for a young persons’ service near you.

It’s been a great opportunity for the residents to have fun during lockdown, as well as learning lots of new skills.

Karen Boocock, Project Worker

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