Southern Downs Flexible Learning Hub students Lochie Watson, Jessi Ingall and Les-leigh Hurley serve up a delicious barbecue lunch.
Southern Downs Flexible Learning Hub students Lochie Watson, Jessi Ingall and Les-leigh Hurley serve up a delicious barbecue lunch. Katie Cameron

Fruits of labour taste delicious

THE barbie was sizzling and the room was filled with the sounds of laughter and chatter at the Southern Downs Flexible Learning Hub.

Students have been taking part in a program over the past eight weeks called Need for Feed, and used skills they learned to make a healthy and delicious lunch yesterday.

Southern Downs Flexible Learning Hub senior co-ordinator Owen Bonney said the Need for Feed program was based on a practical book supplied by Diabetes Queensland, in partnership with The Smith Family.

"The book guides them through not just food preparation, but nutrition information as well," he said.

"It's about making meals that are cost-effective - and here we are enjoying the fruits of the labour."

The Need for Feed program runs on Thursdays and Fridays at the campus each week.

"Everyone joins in the community and joins in the fellowship of the table," Mr Bonney said.

"When we sit down and have a meal together, something special happens - everyone is involved and engaged."

Southern Downs Regional Council youth development officer Hailey Cosh had nothing but praise for the program.

"It has a fantastic health and wellbeing aspect for nutrition which includes cooking skills," she said.

The Hub also has programs coming up to further develop skills of students in practical areas such as woodwork and automotive repair.

Desperately needed are donations of power tools, hand tools or any other manual art equipment.

Otherwise, if you have a skill you can share, the campus would love to hear from you - 16 out of 20 staff members at the Hub are volunteers.

Volunteers are always welcome and you can make a real difference in an adolescent's life by inspiring and instructing them.

Call 4661 1860 if you can help out with donations of goods or your time.



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