Started in 2002, Make Space for Health is a campaign run by children’s charity 4Children and supported by Nestlé UK, which aims to create a network of contemporary, dynamic and safe out-of-school clubs for 11 – 19 year olds. The programme aims to increase nutrition, health and wellness awareness among youth workers and promote healthy lifestyles to young people outside school.
The campaign tackles a real social need, revealed through research with teenagers, parents and teachers which showed that young people are bored and do not have enough things to do or safe places to go, after school or in the evenings.
In 2010 a roadshow of interactive cookery sessions were held in youth clubs across the UK, attended by young people, youth workers, local MPs and representatives of many of the local authorities involved. At the sessions, chefs from Nestlé Professional demonstrate how easy it is to make fun, healthy food, quickly and economically.
In 2011, Make Space for Health is aiming to widen its reach, partnering with a further two local authorities, armed forces youth centres and empowering young “health champions” to help reach more young people including those living at each of the main RAF bases across the country.For more information on Make Space and the free health and wellbeing teaching modules available for youth workers visit www.makespace.org.uk.