A charity which supports vulnerable and homeless young people in Richmondshire has received a welcome boost to its healthy eating initiative from the Teesdale Lions Club branch.
The Galleries, operated by Foundation UK, is a hostel in Richmond providing self-contained flats to support 11 children and young people who were at risk of homelessness.
Amid the cost-of-living crisis and increasing food poverty, staff are keen to help the young people budget their food expenditure, promote healthy eating, and develop cost-effective ways of cooking to manage soaring energy costs.
Staff and clients at The Galleries were delighted to meet Sue Barron, secretary of The Lions Club, Teesdale District, who donated four air fryers which will help reduce electricity consumption and will also allow the young people to create nourishing meals.
Rachel Hunter, service manager at The Galleries, said: “We are most appreciative of the Lions Club’s generosity which will help enormously in meeting normal day-to-day running costs for our young people.
“We are planning a series of regular cookery groups to highlight the benefits of buying healthy ingredients, avoiding food waste, as well as creating meal plans, cooking from scratch and batch cooking to assist with budgeting.
“This will also be a wonderful social opportunity for the young people and staff to develop a sense of community and camaraderie when cooking together.
“The air fryers will give them the opportunity to develop and apply these practical skills and cook more cost effectively.”
Sue Barron, secretary of the Lions Club, Teesdale District, added: “I am really impressed by the charity’s work and the valuable service it delivers to support young people.
“The Lions are delighted to inject a boost to this important health and nutrition initiative and to help the young people learn new cookery skills to create budget-conscious meals using the energy-efficient air fryers.
“To know our donations will positively impact their lives is a great assurance.”
The Galleries provides a safe and secure place where Foundation UK staff deliver emotional and practical support to its 16–25-year-old clients, who have faced homelessness and may have had a tough start in life.
All the young people have a support worker to help them develop essential life skills, including budgeting, managing a tenancy, or finding training courses, apprenticeships, and employment.
The aim is to build a brighter future for the young people to successfully transition to independent living.
To find out more about donating to support the young people at The Galleries at Foundation UK, Richmond, becoming a volunteer or to discover more about the work of the charity visit https://www.foundationuk.org/
To apply for accommodation at The Galleries contact North Yorkshire Council’s housing and homelessness department at https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/housing-and-homelessness
To find out more about the work of The Lions Club, Teesdale District, visit https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/teesdale/index.php