Royal Society for Blind Children

Essential skills for life without limits

Preparing food for yourself or loved ones is an everyday thing for most of us. But for a young person with a visual impairment it can be daunting. According to the 2015 My Voice report, 6 out of 10 (61%) people with a visual impairment always or frequently needed help to prepare meals. The Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) works for every blind child and their family to live life without limits. Their project Culinary Horizons helps remove the barriers young visually impaired people confront in the kitchen.

Our grant of £47,718 will fund essential equipment for the kitchen in the RSBC Life Without Limits centre and monthly in-person and online masterclasses. It will enable 250 visually impaired young people aged between 11 and 25 to develop skills in the kitchen, making it easier to live more independently.

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Cooking up confidence

Meal preparation can be incredibly challenging for people with sight loss and resorting to easy but unhealthy ready meals is appealing. Sight loss is strongly associated with conditions like diabetes and obesity, so it’s essential that young visually impaired people have the knowledge and skills to prepare nutritious meals. Culinary Horizons participants will learn to use voice controls and bump dots on appliances so they can cook with confidence. Each of the participants will achieve at least one AQA accreditation in a relevant area such as practical cookery or food hygiene.

Blind and partially sighted people are 11 times more likely to lack confidence than their sighted peers. This course is a really important way to build participants’ confidence, as well as give them the vital cooking skills they need to lead independent lives.

“RSBC share our values of creating access to opportunities and improving health and wellbeing. The Culinary Horizons programme will make a real difference to 250 young people, helping them to lead fulfilled lives.” 

Soma Pujari, Co-Founder and Executive Trustee, Kusuma Trust

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