Independent Living Skills in Watford

26 March 2018

Young people in Watford who are either living in care, or have recently left care, are enjoying taking part in an Independent Living Skills (ILS) course every week at YouthPoint Centre for Young People aimed at boosting their self-confidence and practical life-skills.

The young people are currently working towards their BTEC Level 1, in ‘Jamie Oliver’s Home Cooking Skills’. ‘Fish and Chips’ was the recipe of the day on Monday – specifically chosen as a British speciality in honour of one member’s German exchange student who joined the group for the week.  The young people followed a recipe to produce fish goujons, chips and tartare sauce – and were very pleased with their results. Previous weeks’ recipes have included healthy chicken burgers, tomato soup from scratch and cooking chicken in a home-made barbecue sauce.  


As well as specific recipes, the young people have benefitted from lessons in food hygiene – such as how to store chicken safely, the need to keep cooked and uncooked food separately in the fridge and the importance of sell-by dates.

At the end of each lesson, the group enjoy sitting down together to eat their meal of the day and to reflect on what they have learnt. The session is often followed by a brief wind-down activity, put together by the youth workers, such as this week’s quiz on ‘fish and chip’ facts.

The ILS course is proving to be very successful – and the young people involved are already enjoying the benefits of their new-found culinary skills. Find out more about the Independent Living Skills programme