Club’s tasty grant

AN after-school club will be cooking up some good times thanks to a £3,000 grant. The Cool After School Club, held at St Vincent de Paul Primary School in Stevenage, has been given the money from the Local Network Fund. The club is a healthy-eating café w

AN after-school club will be cooking up some good times thanks to a £3,000 grant.

The Cool After School Club, held at St Vincent de Paul Primary School in Stevenage, has been given the money from the Local Network Fund.

The club is a healthy-eating café which runs two afternoons a week for children from various schools.

Participants are taught by a trained chef to cook a variety of nutritious foods and the money has funded a cooker, as well as weekly ingredients and a range of culinary equipment.

Cool After School also intends to use the cash for food-themed parties such as Diwali or Halloween celebrations, food tasting games, and making recipe cards.

Noreen Kear, acting manager of the group, said: "Children, staff and parents of Cool After School will benefit greatly from the grant and we look forward to lots of healthy cooking and eating."

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The Local Network Fund, set up by the Department for Education and Skills, aims to enable local voluntary groups to develop projects and activities for young people with limited opportunities or access to services.

More than £800,000 is available for Hertfordshire groups in this financial year.

For more information, ring 0845 113 0161 or 01707 269287.