Soon Seven Up Youth Centre will be cooking up a storm.
A place for youth to learn fundamental life skills and put this know-how to the test, the local youth centre has received a grant from Telstra through Vita Foundation to revamp its kitchen.
Former youth centre coordinator Adam Wilson, now at Telstra in Burnie, was in Smithton last week to present the cheque.
Adam came across the grant program at work one day, which provides financial support to organisations who create meaningful change, and thought of the Nelson Street centre.
The funds will be used to completely renovate the outdated kitchen, says CHAC youth worker and 7UP subcommittee member Anna Kay.
The kitchen is used to educate students on the importance of good nutrition and a balanced diet, providing valuable life skills as well as tasty treats. It is also used by other SCF users.
“The kitchen is used every day to prepare meals for all the kids who come through the doors,” says Anna.
“We make sure there is always a hearty meal here ready in case that’s the only one they’re getting that day.”
From savoury snacks and meals such as muffins, pizza, spaghetti bolognese, stir-fry or soup, to smoothies and freshly squeezed nutrient dense juices, there is always something new to try on the menu.
It is hoped the new space and updated appliances will encourage more young locals to step in and let their creativity take control.
Drop by 7UP Youth Centre between 1pm and 5pm every Monday and Thursday during the school holidays.
Seven Up Youth Centre will renovate its kitchen and update appliances with a grant from Telstra. Former youth centre coordinator Adam Wilson (third from left), now with Telstra, and Camilla Woolley, Fletcher Nicholls, Samantha Kay, Joel Kay, Jodie Saville, Tyler Dejong and Anna Kay at the Nelson Street hub. Picture: Ashleigh Force.