Ben and Kelly's Story

Ben and his girlfriend Kelly were expectant parents.  However, due to the fact that Kelly’s two previous children had had to be taken into care and adopted, both Ben and Kelly now faced scrutiny from Social Services and other agencies.

After hearing about the Family Project, which is run by CXK, Ben and Kelly attended their local children’s centre and took part in the six-week Family Kitchen course.  Designed to help with meal planning, nutrition and budgeting, this course transformed Ben & Kelly’s diet from fast food and frozen meals to home-cooked meals.  Following the advice they received as part of the course, they successfully applied for Healthy Eating vouchers and now use these for their weekly vegetable shopping.

By the end of the course, Ben and Kelly had prepared a folder full of food facts and recipes to support them with their food shopping and meal preparations. Not only did the support from Family Kitchen help them to lead a much healthier life but, most importantly, their progress and commitment was used in supporting their case with Social Services.

An added benefit for Ben was that, alongside this course, he received some careers advice from CXK trained advisers and will be exploring new career opportunities once the baby has been born.  He also enrolled onto another Family Project course – Advice for Dads – which focuses on parenting expectations and how he can better support Kelly with child care and household chores.

Find out more about The Family Project.

Programme Duration

6 weeks

Services Provided

The Family Project

Key Features

Achievements

Designed to help with meal planning, nutrition and budgeting, the Family Kitchen course transformed Ben & Kelly’s diet from fast food and frozen meals to home-cooked meals.