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The Sylvia Beaufoy Centre

Last week we provided a live education session to the young people we help at The Sylvia Beaufoy Centre, teaching valuable cookery skills and creative ways to reduce waste over Zoom. Our professional chef Roger led the session, showing the correct ways to prepare and cook a meal for the whole family. Scattered with food waste facts the evening also included tips on reducing food waste in your home, such as how to freeze correctly and what to do with leftovers. 

Before the session, we provided each family with a free meal pack, containing the correct ingredients that would be needed. 

On top of our live education session, every week we've been providing the youth group with the ingredients required to cook one of our handpicked Hairy Harvesters videos, so far including burgers, toad in the hole, and pizza.

We spoke to Dan, one of  The Sylvia Beaufoy Centres Youth Leaders who said “The young people love it so much it’s like Christmas every week, it’s making such a big difference, like you wouldn’t believe! We have had lots of comments from families saying it’s amazing what we are doing and that it’s so nice to have the young people cook a family meal.” 

Of course, the UK’s COVID-19 restrictions have meant doing things slightly differently and their cooking club is no exception. The recent lockdown has meant they’ve moved online, running a virtual club in the participants own home. This has been a success with parents noting they have never heard so much laughter coming from the kitchen before!

We think it’s great that this charity is still doing the work it was founded to do 60 years ago, and we are proud to support such a movement. We look forward to continuing working with them and receiving further images of their mouth-watering dinners. The Centre provides informal learning qualifications and skills for life, and so is the kind of venue we love to help!

The Petworth Youth Association and the Sylvia Beaufoy Centre are the legacy of Sylvia Beaufoy, a resident of Petworth. She formed the PYA as a charitable trust in the 1960’s to provide a much-needed facility in a rural area where young people could meet.