Cooking meals for people experiencing homelessness


  • Groups of 12 young people
  • 11 and 12 year olds
  • 12 hours spread across 3 days

Students from the cooking club at The Fulham Boys School teamed up with a local church to cook food for homeless and vulnerable people attending a Saturday drop in meal service. Students planned the dishes they would make and sourced the ingredients from local market vendors and a butcher. The students then spent a Saturday at the church, serving hot food to around 60 people.

Run by: Assistant Head Teacher, with responsibility for school Co-Curricular Programme

External involvement: Local church, local small businesses

Other attributes developed: Developing a ‘have-a-go attitude’, shifting attitudes to vulnerable members of their community

Reflection: Students were supported to write about the experience for the school website and newspaper. All students logged this activity ready to use when writing personal statements or CVs

Opportunities to link to career-related learning: Volunteers from local businesses could run a workshop for students on roles within catering or the market vendors and butchers could outline their career paths. Links to Gatsby Benchmarks 4 and 5 - Linking curriculum learning to careers, and encounters with employers and employees

Links to curriculum learning: Cooking, health and nutrition, budgeting, human geography and sociology