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This year, I have the pleasure of joining our Andy Hood the Head of Targeted Youth Support Services for the Doncaster Children Services Trust (DCST) to host Christmas dinner for some of Doncaster’s care leavers. Now anyone who knows me will be struck with fear at the thought of me and cooking in the same sentence but I am definitely helping out in a chopping and pot-washing capacity. Andy however, will be taking the reigns as head chef and the young people themselves will be offering a helping hand. Andy and some of the young people have a lot of experience cooking, as they all take part in the regular cooking with Andy sessions that the DCST run to enable service users to gain life skills and share feedback about the provision they are receiving.

I am really honoured to be part of preparing and enjoying the Christmas Feast for Doncaster’s care leavers. The menu has been developed by the young people themselves, so I am expecting it to be amazing! Christmas is a time of great excitement and joy for many people but it can also be a time of isolation and sadness for those of us who are unable to share it with family. Being able to host a Christmas dinner for the care leavers of Doncaster will ensure that they have the opportunity to spend it in the company of others and hopefully experience some Christmas cheer (although I think I am probably going to have the most fun). 

While Andy Hood and I will be hosting through the support of DCST, DMBC and Manna Community CIC have also generously gifted us the use of their kitchen and premises in Bentley and of course we have let Santa know where we will and he has confirmed that he will adding it to his route on Christmas eve! Look out for my Christmas day tweets where I will be sharing all the fun (@SarahKeenan2).