Young carers from North Yorkshire developed their skills during a Masterchef experience at Harrogate College, organised by Carers’ Resource.
The young people, who all help to look after a parent, sibling or other relative, took part in smoothie-tasting, cooked pizzas from scratch and baked some fabulous brownies during the course of the day.
The activities were designed to boost their confidence and give them a break away from caring.
Harrogate College allowed the young carers to use their training kitchens free of charge, while local butchers Yorkshire Farmers Meat Co. provided assorted sausages for the pizzas, and Roots & Fruits donated vegetables.
Linda Hall, Young Carer Practitioner at Carers’ Resource, said: “The young carers had a great day and really enjoyed the experience of being in a professional-style kitchen.
“They all learnt a lot, developing their cooking skills and helping each other out.
“We’d like to say a big thank you to Harrogate College for letting us use their facilities, and to the local butchers and greengrocers who donated products for us to use.”
Young carer Eva said: “This has been the best day ever and I don’t want it to end! I have had such good fun.”
Miya said: “I loved being in the teaching kitchen. The food we made was delicious, the smoothie tasting was fun and so was the chocolate and fruit and vegetable quizzes.”
Harris said: “I loved the kitchen set up and the brownies we made were amazing.”
A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or who misuse drugs or alcohol. Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister.
The Young Carers team at Carers’ Resource supports young carers in the Bradford, Harrogate, Craven and Selby districts, offering youth clubs, activities, trips and mentoring. For more information please visit youngcarersresource.org