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Cooking brings people together during lockdown to support local youth mental health charity 

St Albans church youth group creates a delicious online cookbook during lockdown to share wonderful recipes with each other and the wider community.

What began as sharing each other’s latest culinary experiments, evolved into ‘The Lockdown Cook-Up ’cookbook. Alongside the recipes are the challenges the group had set themselves each week as ways to look after their own mental health during this tough time. This linked to the ‘2.6 challenge’ that was launched to support all charities’ fundraising during this difficult time. It all combined to create this cookbook with a difference. 

Everyone who was part of this local project supported each other to remain positive, stay happy and keep healthy. 

The Youth Group from St Peter’s Church, St Albans, Hertfordshire, have partnered with YouthTalk, a local youth charity that provides a confidential counselling service for young people. 

The aim is that everyone who hears about this project will cook up a new recipe from the cookbook, set themselves a new fun challenge and donate to this life-changing local charity during this turbulent time. 

Ruth Dearnley (St Peters Church Youth Leader): 

“As we face such a huge global challenge, the one thing we can do is to do something local. I am so proud of these amazing young people who have combined food, fun and friendship as a way of building a future for young people across this region. We know what it is to be ‘locked in ’whether in our homes or in our minds. St Peters Church Youth is excited to support Youth Talk, as they help to turn the key to unlock freedom for young people just like them.” 

David Barker (Youth Talk CEO): 

‘I never cease to be amazed at the creativity, hard work and determination of our supporters – and the youth group at St Peter’s have gone above and beyond in their efforts to cook up such a tremendous book of tasty treats. Youth Talk relies on the generosity, passion and hard work of our local community and we are eternally grateful to all the team at St Peters. Not only have they created a fantastic new resource – but in doing so they are helping us to support the growing numbers of young people across the District who need support with their mental health and emotional well being. Thank you.’ 

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