Through our partnership with University College Birmingham, 2nd-year students studying food and nutrition were offered the opportunity to complete their compulsory voluntary placement hours as part of Easter Bring it on Brum. Students applied for the role of delivering nutritional and educational-based workshops to young people as part of HAF delivery.

Creating innovative and new ideas to add to the programme, students developed engaging, interactive practical workshops for young people to get involved in whilst having healthy conversations about food, nutrition and lifestyle topics.

Young people relate really well to students in their sessions. They really enjoy external staff visiting them during sessions, and love doing activities they haven’t experienced before. There is a level of respect and enthusiasm displayed, supported by HAF club staff on site.

Equally provider staff enjoy having external support with activities around food and nutrition. It supports their own confidence and development by offering food-based sessions and empowers them to try different things at other times.

Finally, the students gain a wide variety of knowledge from working with young people. They have fed back the sessions were lots of fun, and gave them a real insight into some of the challenges to providing nutritional education in community settings. They were able to experience a broad mix of cultures, educational needs, ages of young people and community differences across Birmingham through the Spring holiday programme.