More and more young people at West End Youth Enquiry Service (WEYES) are accessing the local food bank. Project workers are handing out more vouchers than ever before. We've been providing cooking advice, training and practical help on a regular basis, and workers have found that young people are struggling to feed themselves and often go hungry in order to feed their children.
There has been more and more demand for ‘real budget cooking’ based on resources such as ‘A Girl Called Jack’ who fed herself and her child on £10 a week. The project has developed knowledge and expertise in this area of work and wants to share this with other projects in Newcastle working with young people living on very tight budgets.
WEYES has now been successful in obtaining funding from Food Nation (http://www.foodnation.org). WEYES will be delivering budgeting and cooking skills to help young people survive the high cost of living and low incomes. It will deliver sessions on how to plan meals, budgeting and practical cooking skills. Three courses will be delivered over the next 6 months with a group of young Dads, The Albert Kennedy Housing Trust and Tyneside Foyer.
Work has to be a better route out of poverty. Most poor children have a working parent.