Grow&Cook classes for 50 disadvantaged Hants kids

by Inspero


Families are struggling in the UK today, Hampshire is an expensive county to live in, yet there are many pockets of poverty, that people are unaware of! This project provides free and affordable food growing, cooking and healthy eating classes to 50 disadvantaged children aged 4-16 years to learn valuable life skills; how to grow and cook healthy food, eat nutritious meals and improve their self-confidence to lead healthier lifestyles and achieve in life.

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There are over 3,000 children living in poverty in Basingstoke, especially within the Buckskin, South Ham and Popley Wards. Educational attainment and life expectancy in these areas is much lower 5.5 years for men and 4.4 years for women than the national average with 23.9% of people being obese and 63.4% overweight. Basingstoke is an expensive place to live and even harder if you are a family living on the bread line.


Inspero will provide disadvantaged children with valuable life skills that they can take into adulthood and increase their chances in life. Research conducted by the Royal Horticultural Society that gardening and learning about food builds stronger more active learners with a resilient, confident approach to life, and gives children the ability to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle. Outdoor learning also enhances good mental health, knowledge about the environment and general well being.

Long-Term Impact

Our ethos is grounded in education and community development so young people can strive, Natasha started with Inspero 6 years ago as a child from a disadvantaged community, she is a young carer to her mum who is a single parent and 3 younger brothers, she has come to classes, developed into a young volunteer, then charity young ambassador and now employed as a young chef. We want to develop young people's knowledge and leadership skills so that they are good global citizens of the future.

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This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Location: Basingstoke, Hamsphire - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
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Twitter: @insperouk
Project Leader:
Catherine Waters-Clark
Basingstoke, Hamsphire United Kingdom

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