Project Food ran a holiday camp with cooking and a full meal each day during the Easter Holidays for children from Axminster primary schools. Everyone enjoyed the week enormously and the feedback has been extremely positive, giving parents some relief as the Easter holidays can be a time of pressure for so many.
“It was a great week, absolutely fantastic as I was working full-time from home during the week, but even if I wasn’t it would still have been a great resource. The variety of different activities was brilliant, most other local clubs offer only sports or just forest school, and the variety really meant that my kids enjoyed every day. The staff were brilliant, with the kids coming home talking about what they had done and how they had been helped!” one parent told us.
The children worked with a range of foods, and some even tried new foods they hadn’t tasted before, while learning new practical skills about making cooking fun. We made some very messy things like grated beetroot and chocolate muffins, but everyone found eating lunch together what they had all cooked was brilliant. Lots of the children have since made the recipes at home with their families: it’s great to know that the skills are being put into practice and enjoyed together.
Nutritious food is at the heart of what we do, because when you improve your diet, both your physical and mental health benefit too. We have been providing free services in Axminster and East Devon for the last 15 years, giving people the opportunity to increase their skills, knowledge, confidence and motivation around food. Soon we will be opening the doors again, on our new premises at Axminster hospital, so if you are interested in joining a cooking session or getting one-to-one dietary support please get in touch.
We would like to say a huge thanks to all who came along, and to Devon County Council for funding this project and to Seaton Wetlands, California Fitness, Sporting Chance and Pippins Community Centre for working with us. We would also like to thank Axminster Hospital and NHS Property Services for our wonderful new premises where the holiday club was run from. The project was run as part of the Holiday Activities and Food Programme with funding from the Department for Education. The aim was to provide healthy food and enriching activities to children eligible for free school meals during the holidays.