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Charity launches ‘Step-by-step Cookbook’



Brain injury charity the Children’s Trust is launching a recipe book developed by children and rehabilitation therapists.

‘The Step-by-step Cookbook’ features 16 recipes with simple icons to show what equipment and ingredients are needed, and steps that can be ticked off with a wipeable marker.

Recipes include breakfast dishes and drinks, main meals and desserts, with cooking tips and information on healthy eating.

Therapists came up with the idea for the cookbook when they recognised a need for more accessible recipes.

Sharon Tuppeny, head of therapy rehabilitation at The Children’s Trust, said: “Cooking has many benefits for children with additional and learning needs such as planning the task, developing motor skills, the social aspects and a sense of achievement.

“Participation in everyday activities is central to our approach, and the recipes we’ve included in the book are all used as part of the rehabilitation programme.

“The young people have really enjoyed following the recipes. It’s a great way to keep busy during the summer holidays whilst also gaining independence.”

One young person who contributed to the book, 11-year-old Joey, who received rehabilitation at the brain injury charity after a brain haemorrhage in 2018, said: “I love creating my own food and then eating it, of course. The cookbook has been great to use as I can easily see what ingredients I need and then follow the steps to find out what’s next.”