Young carers cook up a storm after getting a taste of college life

Guests (front row, l-r) Joanna Carson and Paul Carberry, both Action for Children Scotland; Anu Basra, Herbalife; and Christine Pollock,  North Lanarkshire Council; were delighted with the fayre laid on by (back row, l-r) Caitlin Findlay, Callum Thorne, Danielle Quinn, Erin Douthwaite, Gillian McIntosh and Amy Young.
Guests (front row, l-r) Joanna Carson and Paul Carberry, both Action for Children Scotland; Anu Basra, Herbalife; and Christine Pollock, North Lanarkshire Council; were delighted with the fayre laid on by (back row, l-r) Caitlin Findlay, Callum Thorne, Danielle Quinn, Erin Douthwaite, Gillian McIntosh and Amy Young.

A GROUP of young carers from North Lanarkshire served lunch to 40 invited guests after completing a catering course at Motherwell College.

The 16 young people, aged 12-18, gave up their Easter break to take part in Action for Children Scotland’s second Come Dine with Us event, run in partnership with global nutrition company Herbalife and Motherwell College.

This saw them learn catering skills, food hygiene and healthy eating tips. They were then set the challenge of devising a menu and preparing and serving a three-course meal for family members and invited guests at the college’s MLOne restaurant.

Erin Fyfe (14), from Motherwell, said: “I have loved having the opportunity to experience college life and develop new skills. In just one week I have learned about the benefits of using seasonal ingredients, how to bake bread, and how to plan meals so that food doesn’t go to waste.

“Preparing a meal for 40 people is hard work but we worked well as a team and I am proud of the food we produced. I hope our guests enjoy the feast.”

The young people involved all use Action for Children Scotland’s young carers service in North Lanarkshire.

Paul Carberry, operational director of children’s services at Action for Children Scotland, said: “At Action for Children Scotland we aim to support young carers in their caring role, as well as giving them the opportunity to relax, have fun and be themselves.

“Many young carers will be responsible for preparing meals for their families and it is important that they are able to make healthy eating choices and plan menus.

“However our Come Dine with Us challenge has also given the group a taste of college life, which may inspire them to think about the possibilities that are open to them in the future.”