MamaBee Foodie Friday Kitchen Takeover

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The Clare Foundation have been supporting a new collaborative project between two local non-profit organisations, Mama Bee Group and Khepera CIC. The Clare Foundation has provided the project with a seed funding grant of £2000.

This grant has enabled Mama Bee Group and Khepera CIC, and a specialist team of Youth and Community Workers to continue to develop the Foodie Friday Kitchen Takeover (#FFKT) project for Buckinghamshire based young people. This project has evolved in response to the restrictions on physical gatherings due to COVID-19. Discussing the impact of lockdown with young people during this time, the team have developed a programme of weekly online sessions in order to continue engagement remotely.

The aim of #FFKT is to provide a safe, unified, virtual space for all young people to take part in a practical cooking workshop, soap box forum, collaborative work and positivity sharing. The series will help empower young people to make simple meals and snacks– whilst having fun and being part of a group.

After an initial pilot was hugely successful, the team have delivered a series of seven sessions themed around the colours of the rainbow – each Friday young people have been producing bright colourful food and engaging in positive discussion and supporting each other.  

Looking ahead to the next theme, The Foodie Friday Kitchen Takeover crew will be working together to create a Lockdown Cookbook. This will feature dishes created by young people and also document the journey of the project from face to face engagement to an online provision.

The #FFKT session is @3.30pm every Friday via Zoom, with a qualified team of Youth and Community workers.

•   You don’t have to cook along – you can just watch

•   You don’t have to appear on camera – you can just use audio

•   You can cook anything you like – you don’t have to cook what we are cooking, just take over your kitchen and join us online!

If you work with anyone aged 11 to 19 and think they might want to get involved, then please get in touch: for all the details. To join the crew each young person will need to complete a consent and digital safeguarding forms.

Spread the word and help the Foodie Friday Kitchen Takeover create a positive and engaging online environment for young people across Buckinghamshire.

“Foodie Friday is an innovative and unique experience to the youth of Buckinghamshire and Amber (Founder) and her team have been marvellous at making it a fun filled, educational and a safe learning environment. We are happy to have been part of their journey.”

Martin Gallagher, CEO The Clare Foundation

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