Young people from Whizz-Kidz North London Ambassador Club learned the basics of baking, thanks to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.
The North London Ambassador Club, organised by the team at disabled children and young people’s charity Whizz-Kidz, is part of the charity’s extensive range of services designed to help young people learn new skills, have fun and make new friends.
Attendees to the club – hosted at the Huddleston Centre in Hackney – learned how to bake cookies and cupcakes from scratch, as well as the art of cake decoration. The club then hosted a ‘Bake Off’ party, where medals were awarded to the best bakers.
However, in addition to the baking fun, the young people also had a chance to take a work skills session, designed to help them develop the skills to help them transition from education into the workplace.
One of the young people in attendance was 16-year-old Theo Seddon Deane – pictured – who received his Whizz-Kidz Young Leaders award at the club. The Young Leader programme is an inclusive personal development scheme designed by Whizz-Kidz to help young wheelchair users increase their skills while gaining experience they can put on their CVs.
On receiving his award, Theo said:
"It was hard work completing all the nine modules, but it was worth it. I really feel it's helped me to become a Young Leader, to feel confident as I move into the sixth form and onto my next work placement."
Hannah Smyth is Whizz-Kidz’s Regional Services Co-ordinator for London and Southend. She said:
“We’re so grateful to the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, whose generosity make the services we provide in London and across the UK possible.
“Our services are not only designed for young disabled people to meet and have fun, they’re also giving everyone who attends the chance to learn new skills and grow into confident adults. Theo’s Young Leader award proves how successful this is – and we are very proud of him!”
Whizz-Kidz has been supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery since 2013 and, to date, they have generously awarded more than three quarters of a million pounds to support the charity’s work.