Festive fun at Bentley Training Centre

Dinner with a difference

Care leavers’ tastebuds tingled when they were treated to a special Christmas lunch this year, courtesy of head of service Andy Hood.

The Head of Targeted Youth Support donned his pinny and, with the help of social worker colleague Kelly Bidmead, took to the kitchen to dish up a three course menu for care leavers who may otherwise have spent Christmas alone.

Everyone lent a hand with preparation of the dinner with a difference, with Andy in charge thanks to his culinary credentials honed during the weekly Cooking with Andy sessions.

Danny, George and new 18+ service apprentice Mica were treated to full festive fare as well as entertainment, including a calorie busting Wii dance-off.

Andy said: “Sometimes care leavers don’t have the opportunity to spend Christmas with others so I thought I’d enjoy sharing mine with them.

“The day was great fun and my culinary efforts seemed to go down well – the washing up not so much!”

Kelly said of the event; “It was great fun spending the day with Mica, Danny and George. It was very special - and our thanks must go to Bentley Training Centre whose committee ensured that everything looked festive for us.

“I’m still working off the calories, even after the Wii dance off!”

“Volunteers are the best. People don’t understand or realise how much time and effort it takes to make their young person feel safe and trust them.”

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