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Blue Marble Socials

Blue Marble Socials are open to young people aged 11-16 in Hackney and its neighbouring boroughs. They comprise themed workshops that follow the ‘cook and eat’ model used by our Community Table project. Participants learn to prepare a recipe together, then enjoy the meal over a group discussion


Recipes are cooked as a group with facilitation from staff and our Blue Marble Trainee chefs. The staff and trainees provide support and technical guidance to participants, enabling young people to develop confident and creative baking and cooking skills.

Blue Marble Socials also facilitate conversation – a key aspect of the workshops. Participants are encouraged to share personal experiences and thoughts about their community, through their own lens as young people living London.

All young people aged 11-16 are welcome. The activity may be of additional benefit to those who: 

  • Are living in care (40% BMT trainees in 2017-18 were or had been looked after children) 
  • Are living in areas of high multiple deprivation 
  • Are in the youth justice system
  • Are experiencing isolation
  • Have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)