Locally trusted organisation, the Butterflies club, provided a course of short sessions for young people living with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). It was identified, that there was a need for the sessions to support the transition of young people when they begin to live independently within the next 5 -10 years.
The sessions provided, focussed on cooking methods, such as air fryers, budgeting and healthy eating options which would in the long term improve participants' quality of life and physical health. Methods showcased, were simple and did not require complicated instructions or ingredients that the young people would not be able to sufficiently work with.
Active Essex provided ideas on how to support the young people to ensure participants left the programme feeling confident when using an air fryer and using utensils safely. Another important aspect of the support given by Active Essex was the freedom given to adapt the programme to the needs of those participating.
The project was a success and after the sessions the young people were able to hold group discussions about meals they enjoy and healthy ways to adapt them. Many of the young people were able to try new foods and take on suggestions which was previously a barrier for them.