At Catch22 in Leicestershire we help young people prepare for independent living, especially those that come from a care background. We also provide housing related support to adults who are granted leave to remain in the UK. Many of our refugees are being supported by Catch22 to get into employment, training or education.
I was delighted when we were offered the opportunity to attend a Cooking Day at Coghlans Cookery School. I met with Janet Coghlan beforehand to discuss what the day would entail. The news of the opportunity was met with much excitement and anticipation by staff and service users alike.
We had a fantastic day! Janet and her team made us feel very welcome. Chef Simon was a delight to work with and we were particularly impressed with how he was able to come up with a flexible menu that catered for various needs. We were pleasantly surprised by how much we were able to do in one day. We learned useful food preparation techniques and how to make different dishes using key ingredients. We prepared a starter, main course and dessert and were able to take away what we had cooked.
My favourite was learning how to make a meringue roulade from scratch! People in the group who came from other countries enjoyed learning about British meals. One young person in the group commented that she enjoyed the day even more than her catering course at college! We ended the day with a presentation of certificates to everyone who took part. We’re hoping that other service users in the future will have the chance to experience what we did on that day as it was brilliant!
Thanks once again to everyone at Coghlans Cookery School and Rangemaster Coghlans Foundation for a lovely day!
Senior Service Manager
Catch22 in Leicestershire