Basically Useful was set up in 2013 by Sonia Purcell. It focuses on improving independence and confidence in children, young adults and graduates. It specifically looks at developing social and life skills through a combination of cookery, communication, dining and presentation.
During the progressive programmes children learn to cook a variety of meals both sweet and savoury from scratch, using fresh ingredients with discussion around food safety, nutrition, portion control and cost. Practically learning not only about food but also about weights, measures, food preparation, the safe use of kitchen equipment i.e. microwaves
Each week children practice communication skills, learning effective verbal skills by telling the group about where they live, their family, pets, interests or hobbies while paying attention to eye contact, clarity of speech, standing up straight, voice projection and tone. Critically this is developing presentation skills and the ability to communicate confidently.