The recent Harvest Festival saw an influx of generosity for the young people at one of our accommodation centres in Norfolk. Bale PCC donated a large box of fresh vegetables to Steven Newing House, our accommodation centre in Fakenham. This was shared with Forward Court in Aylsham, which enabled the young residents there to develop their cooking skills with the support of our Job Coach, Sharon Coggins.

Sharon has developed a course of Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA’s) awards to help the young people we support through our Housing and Homelessness service to develop their skills and confidence, helping them to gain the building blocks they need as they work to forge an independent life.

Sharon says: “The aim is to equip them with the skills to be able to go to work, to build confidence and self esteem, and to build life skills, such as cooking and budgeting their money. It’s a way of recognising their achievements.”

The six week course also covers themes such as First Aid, Food Hygiene, Interview Skills and Emotional Wellbeing.

Sharon continues: “The young people have all been fabulous – they are very engaged and are all enjoying the interactive course.”

Charlotte, one of the young people who is taking part says: “It helps you to improve your confidence and skills. I’ve been able to learn simple things that I didn’t think I’d be able to learn. The best thing so far, well it’s been everything really but I really enjoyed the session on First Aid and Anger Management.”

The donation of a vegetable box from Bale PCC following Harvest Festival was perfectly timed for the Cookery AQA session at Forward Court, and the young people decided to make a vegetable soup and a fruit salad, working with Sharon to produce a delicious lunch!

Thank you to Bale PCC for their extremely kind donation for our charity.

The Benjamin Foundation have helped me gain independence, confidence, self-esteem and I have discovered more about myself. They have given me great opportunities and I am ever so grateful to be a part of it. If it wasn’t for them I don’t know where I’d be today. Thank you for shaping my life and giving me hope for a future.

Young person supported by our Housing and Homelessness service

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