A friend who runs training for the Probation Service has come up with a novel idea to help recently released prisoners with some basic lifeskills. One of those skills is cooking -
so he's asking if we grandparents can help by passing on some of our experience and expertise. He outlihes his idea below:
In my work as a Probation Officer, I found that many people I worked with lacked the basic skills and knowledge to manage their lives outside of prison.
My strong feeling , which is supported by research, is that helping people to develop their skills while also helping them to develop more positive attitudes will assist them to sort their lives out and avoid getting into trouble in future.
Many people I work with also lack a positive role model with the skills and experience to give them guidance when they need it.
If you would like to help ex-offenders to turn their lives around, I believe that your Life Skills and experience could be of real benefit to this group, and help to reduce crime in our society.
I am asking people to simply donate a recipe, which they have found to be simple to prepare for someone with no previous experience of cooking and a minimum of equipment. It should be cheap and nutritious- filling but healthy, and ideally could be made in a batch and used throughout the week.
The recipes will be incorporated into the workbook that the programme participants are given, and we will tell them that they have been donated by grandparents who wanted to do something to help them. No Personal details will be given. We will include a first name if you wish this to be added to your recipe.
So if any of you feel you can help by donating a simple, nourishing recipe, and sending in to us, we'd be most grateful and I'm sure the recipients will too!