Resident Empowerment and Involvement are some of Apax’s core values and our residents are always encouraged to take part in events and activities to develop their own life skills and gain self-confidence. These valuable experiences help to prepare our residents for independence.
At Kirkdale Complex we recently launched a brand new kitchen, equip with three cooking stations, solely for the purpose of supporting our clients to develop cooking skills and to prepare healthy meals from various different cultures.
On the 25th of July 2016 we had our first cooking session, where several residents prepared, cooked and ate a meal together. The experience not only teaches our residents how to cook a specific dish, but it also teaches them how to share and support each other in order to achieve common goals. Prior to commencing the session, residents were asked to provide ideas and suggestions on what they would like to cook. On this occasion the residents decided to cook a Shepherd’s pie.
Before the cooking started residents were informed of the ingredients for the shepherd’s pie as well as how to purchase them in the most economical way. Residents were also provided with the recipe and cooking instructions to take away with them, so that they could prepare their own shepherd’s pie independently. Residents chose how they wanted to contribute to the activity and organically it was observed that the more confident residents became mentors to those who were less confident.
At the end of the session, all the residents involved decided to share their delicious Shepherd’s pie with other staff members and the rest of the residents. The success of the session has spread and lead to other clients making requests for cooking sessions to be held very month. The beauty of the kitchen is that it can be used not only for group cooking sessions, but also for one-to-one key work sessions and healthy eating tutorials.