There are many ways to join Kids Kitchen, from volunteering to applying for an advertised job. Another way is by setting up your very own hub with our support in your area. In March we launched our new online training programme to help people set up new hubs and welcomed six trainees to our learning community.
Starting in March and running for three months our trainees completed our online training and became Kids Kitchen session leaders. Over the three months they completed our online course, ran test sessions with their friends and family, had 1-1 sessions with our mentors and worked hard using all our resources and attended live sessions with sessions leaders, fundraisers and more!
So what are our trainees doing now?
Lois was based in Mid Devon and had never attended a Kids Kitchen session but she loved what we did and wanted to provide something for her community. After her training she went full steam ahead and found a lovely venue and ran her first session with much success. In the last 3 months she’s outgrown her original venue and is now running sold out monthly classes. The hub has connected with over 20 families in a few months and is going from strength to strength. Her next three sessions will be funded by the Lived Experience fund and she’s awaiting news on other funding applications that she’s made. We can’t wait to see what’s next for this exciting new hub!
Em met Aneta our SE London Hub Co-Ordinator on a food course and became very interested in Kids Kitchen and joined the course. As a parent to a child with additional needs she felt isolated as they grew up and was involved in a lot of volunteering in the Lewisham area. Since completing the course she has worked alongside Aneta and Susie below at some sessions and she is looking at new opportunities to run sessions within the Lewisham area.
Susie had previously attended sessions in SE London with her husband and daughter. She loved the no-pressure enviornment “I have been with Robyn and she loves it and I have always thought about how much their ethos lends itself to working with autistic kids and their carers because of the no-pressure environment is perfect. She often didn’t eat the food but it was good just to get her handling the veggies and sometimes she might even take a bite. There is always a space to just go and chill out or play if the child doesn’t want to take part”. She completed the training and ran a couple of sessions alongside Aneta in the SE hub and has since run some sessions on behalf of Kids Kitchen for local organisation SIGNAL.
Anna-Lou was already running her own sessions for kinship families and completed the training so that we could join forces and run a series of online sessions for 0-5 year olds. We ran five sessions over 2 months for our community as well as some sessions exclusively for kinship families. From crispy potatoes with bbq chickpeas and peas guacamole (bonus recipe- vegan mayonnaise!) to brocolli stir fry with garlic sauce we connected with families virtually to cook up a storm!
If you’d like to join our training programme we have opportunities for session leaders in some of our existing hubs as well as for those looking to start their own hub in their area.
Register your interest here and we’ll send you more information. We’re running a Discovery Session at 10am on Monday 12th September and our nine week training programme starts on 26th September. Further information about the training can be found here.