Meet the latest addition to the training kitchen at Hope House in Newton Aycliffe – a new microwave for visually impaired young people.
As well as taking children and young people with complex needs to a range of respite activities, ROC Family Support staff supervise sessions in the training kitchen.
Young people don’t just learn how to make delicious dishes and cakes – they learn a wide range of skills which are important for independent living.
“They learn technology skills by accessing recipes on the computer,” said ROC Family Support operations manager Louise Williams. “And they learn valuable lessons around healthy eating, health and safety, and how to risk assess everything they do in the kitchen.”
“And the added bonus is that the young people gain self-confidence as they master some culinary arts.”
For the record, the training kitchen also has a computer keyboard for visually impaired young people.