Grateful youngsters treat hosts to afternoon tea

Seven young people who were facing homelessness have treated their hosts to afternoon tea in Scarborough.

They prepared afternoon tea for the hosts who welcomed them into their homes through a youth-homelessness charity.

Aged 17-20, they attended a six-week cookery course at the Rainbow Centre, thanks to its manager Trisha Kinsella. The classes were led by Jan Harding, a former food-technology teacher who volunteered her time.

Under Jan’s watchful eye, the youngsters prepared a picnic spread of quiche, sausage rolls, sandwiches, scones and a red velvet cake. Jan said: “I’ve been really impressed by their commitment. They have been really good. One lad was scared even to use a frying pan at first, but he came in today and straight away offered to fry the onions for the quiche. They’ve all been practising at home and their confidence has really grown, and now they’ve done this!”

Sash, which stands for Safe and Sound Homes, helps 16-25 year-olds avoid homelessness by offering a place to stay in the homes of volunteer hosts, keeping them safe at a time of crisis.

Last year, the charity helped around 90 young people in the area through its emergency Nightstop accommodation and longer term supported lodgings services.

As well as providing a safe place to live, the charity helps young people develop the independent living skills they need to live on their own. This includes workshops and practical sessions on budgeting, shopping, tenancies and cooking.

Sash has around 30 hosts in Scarborough and Ryedale but urgently needs more. “Our hosts are people of all ages and different life stages”, said operations manager Adele Coupe. “Hosting with Sash can fit around existing commitments. We provide full training, ongoing support and small financial benefits. If you have a spare room and would like to help, please get in touch”.

Last year, Sash helped 320 young people when they had nowhere else to turn, many of whom were aged 16-18.

To find out more, ring Adele on 01904 652043 or visit www.sash-uk.org.uk.