YOUNG people from YMCA Humber are giving food for thought with a recipe book aimed at cooking on a tight budget.
The YMCAkes Project has been running at the charity’s Peaks Lane Hostel during the first two months of the year and has seen young people focus on both cookery and budgeting skills, which will assist them in their transition into independent living.
Funds for the project were received through a grant from Money for Life Challenge, a national competition that provides small grants for 16-to-24-year-olds to run a project to improve money management skills in their communities.
High Street banks Lloyds, Bank of Scotland and Halifax support the Money for Life Challenge and, having completed their challenge, the young people of YMCA Humber are hopeful of securing further funding by submitting a summary of the activity and other information.
Jocelyn Dennis, Community Youth Worker for YMCA Humber, has been overseeing the project.
She said: “The YMCAkes Project has enabled vulnerable young people to gain skills around areas such as budgeting, setting targets and understanding market research and production.
“Hopefully this will give them a better understanding of personal finance and also what is involved in producing good food on a budget.”
And participants in the project have produced a recipe book aimed at fellow young people who are cooking on a budget, so that they can produce healthy, nutritious meals at a low cost.
Chantelle, 23 (pictured), a resident at the Peaks Lane Housing Project in Grimsby spoke about how the booklet can help young people manage their finances better.
“We put the booklet together over several weeks,” she said.
“As well as including some really good recipes, it also has tips on how to manage your money.
“We’re encouraging people to pay their rent and bills first when they get paid and to write a list before they go shopping, so they know exactly what they need.
“It’s also important to shop around and find the cheapest products available, rather than just going to the nearest shop.
“And also to buy what you need and just indulge in small treats – it is a lot cheaper and healthier to make your own meals, rather than buy fast food.”
The booklet is available to residents at all the YMCA Humber housing projects in Grimsby and YMCA Youth and Community Services Manager Andy Tappin is planning to offer it to other homeless agencies.
If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the booklet, please call Andy on (01472) 359621 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.