Over the last 10 weeks a group of 10 young people aged 11-19 from SUB 21 have been attending a cookery programme in one of the teaching kitchens at Tyne Metropolitan College.

On Thursday 1st September 2011, to celebrate the end of this course, the group prepared and cooked a scrumptious buffet.  Parents, friends, Police Officers and College staff were all invited to sample the culinary delights served in TyneMet College's 'Retreat' Restaurant.

Throughout the 10 week course the group have had the opportunity to utilise the excellent teaching facilities at TyneMet College's, Coast Road Campus.  The food for the buffet was prepared and cooked in one of the College's modern and fully resourced training kitchens and was served in the newly refurbished Retreat Restaurant.

SUB 21 is an award winning North Tyneside project helping to reduce curbside drinking among young people in the Wallsend, Howdon and Battle Hill areas of North Tyneside.  The project combines a package of support to off-licensees to help them tackle proxy purchases of alcohol, with a programme of youth-led activities and events, to provide an alternative to street drinking for young people.  For more information about SUB 21 go to http://www.sub21.co.uk.

TyneMet College realises the importance of supporting and working alongside Community Projects like SUB 21; the College has excellent teaching facilities and opening these up to local Community Groups allows an insight in to learning in a College environment.  Student Advisors are also available to give information relating to academic or vocational opportunities.

Lorraine Rochester, a Youth Worker at Wallsend Boys Club, who studied a Foundation Degree in Youth and Community Studies at Tynemet College and graduated in June, led the cooking course.  She said, 

"Wayne Daley, SUB 21 Co-ordinator and I met with Clare Learwood, Director of Curriculum at TyneMet College to discuss the facilities that SUB 21 could use; Clare then introduced us to Jacqui Churchill the Retreat Restaurant Manager who has been fantastic and looked after us during the 10 weeks.  With a promise of further help and support from TyneMet College, SUB 21 will be able to continue to engage and work with young people in the local area."

Retreat Restaurant and Coffee Shop at the Coast Road Campus is open to the public, pop in for coffee or book to enjoy a 2 or 3 course fine dining experience.  All food is prepared, cooked and served by our supervised students.  Sample delicious cuisine at affordable prices, for reservations or to book the restaurant as a private venue, please call 0191 229 5237.  Fine dining opening times are Monday to Friday 12 noon until 1.30pm and Thursday evening 6.30 - 9.30pm. Coffee shop opening times are Monday to Friday 10.30am until 1.30pm. 

Clare Learwood, Director of Curriculum, TyneMet College, said,

"TyneMet College is pleased to be able to work with Community Groups as the College has the capacity and resources to help young people develop their skills, interests and roles within the Community.  We are delighted with the newly refurbished Retreat Restaurant and look forward to welcoming the public in for a coffee or a meal with friends."