On 15th February 2017, a group of 6 young people, ranging from 11-17 years old, from the Thanington Neigbourhood Resource Centre’s youth club attended Catching Lives’ daycentre on Station Road East to prepare an evening meal for 20 of the homeless clients as part of Catching Lives’ winter shelter.
Graeme Solly, Catching Lives Project Leader and Youth Worker at Thanington Resource Centre said, “It was a brilliant evening for everyone, with the young people showing great enthusiasm, team work, and attention to detail with the food they were preparing. The group made a spaghetti bolognese and a sticky toffee pudding and our clients were very complimentary and really appreciated the group coming in to help.
There was also a chance for the young people to have a chat to our clients and learn about the night shelter we run throughout winter. All the evening meals for our winter shelter are prepared by groups who generously give up their free time and it is great for young people to see how others live and how they can help make a positive impact in their local community”.
The feedback from the young people themselves was equally positive.
Leighton (14) says, “We would like to do it again and already have some ideas about what to cook next time”
Corrine (17) says, “It was a new experience and the homeless people really seemed to enjoy the food we made”.
Kyle (14) says, “Doing this makes you realise how nice the homeless people can be. They are just normal people”.