If you want to support Jamie Oliver's Kitchen Garden Project or join our team of volunteers, please register your details. Any help we receive is always appreciated.
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We have two pilot projects underway and are currently selecting two pilot schools to join the project. We have recieved incredibly enthusiastic interest, and though we can only select two more schools, we are inspired by the amazing things happening in schools all over the country. We are looking for like-minded, forward- thinking schools with staff who believe that food education is an integral part of a child's learning, and who understand that teaching children about food from a young age has the potential to change our society for the better. We want to work with teachers and governors who hope to deliver an alternative and inspiring curriculum for their pupils, one that uses cooking and growing to engage children in their core curriculum as well.
Our four pilot schools will help us develop models to roll out the Kitchen Garden Project on a national scale, starting with those in areas of high childhood obesity and deprivation. This will allow us to assess the impact of our work against these key demographics.
Though we are already in the selection process for our pilot programs, if you are interested in your school being part of the Kitchen Garden Project, please register your interest so we can keep you updated with all our project news!
You don't have to be a headteacher to register your school's interest - we would be delighted to hear from anyone who thinks their school might benefit from taking part, from teachers, to learning support workers, to governors and parents. It will, however, be the headteacher who needs to complete the application form, so we would recommend you talk to them about the project and what it involves as soon as you have registered your school's interest. We are sure they will think it's a great idea once they hear about it.
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You don't have to be part of the school staff to register your school's interest. We would be delighted to hear from any PTA members or parents who think their children's school might benefit from taking part. A proactive parent can be a real driving force and a group of parents is even more powerful, so spread the word and tell other parents about Jamie's plan. Then go and talk to your headteacher about it. It will be the headteacher who needs to complete the application form, so the earlier you tell them about your idea the better. If they know you are behind them and you have told them what's involved, we are sure they will think it's a great idea.
There are load of opportunities for you to get involved as volunteers for the Kitchen Garden Project, so check out our volunteer section and register your interest. You should also let your school's headteacher know you're willing to help.
Get on board
Jamie Oliver's Kitchen Garden Project has started small but we have a big vision. We want every child in the UK to have access to a Kitchen Garden Project by 2022. But we can't do it alone. We need the help of national and local businesses to fund and promote our projects. Together we really can change lives for the better. We would love you to join us and our other Foundation supporters.
Our partners will be at the forefront of the Kitchen Garden Project and they will be crucial to its success. We would welcome any help, whether it's through donations, in-kind contributions, or time and energy donated by volunteers. So if you want to join us in making real change, register your interest and we will be in touch soon.
Our country is facing an obesity epidemic. We have the highest rate of childhood obesity in Europe and things are set to get worse - predictions state that the proportion of obese adults in the UK is set to rise to 73% by 2030. We can no longer wait for the government to take action, it's time to act ourselves and we want other like-minded people to join us.
We know that food education and the benefits it brings are key in changing lives for the better and for ensuring a happy, healthy and successful society for us all. Teaching children about food at primary school gives them the best start in life, empowering them with the knowledge and skills they need to make better food choices that will last a lifetime. Children who eat better are also more likely to reach their full potential at school, which in turn can affect their life chances in adulthood, their employability and their financial contribution to society.
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At head office
Jamie Oliver's Kitchen Garden Project team at Jamie Oliver HQ in Islington is only small, so we will always be looking for volunteers to help us develop the project and assist with the day-to-day office tasks that a national project creates. If you would like to volunteer, make sure you register your interest so we can get in touch to find about more about you.
In our schools
School volunteers are vital to helping us achieve our BIG vision: that every child in the UK is to have access to a Kitchen Garden Project by 2022. The Kitchen Garden Projects will rely on committed volunteers to provide them with support.
You could help in lots of ways, whether it's with the set-up of the kitchen classrooms and gardens, providing extra pairs of hands to maintain the school garden throughout the year, or getting stuck in each week with the kids in the classroom, helping teachers to deliver the cooking and growing classes.
It doesn't matter what your background or age is. If you have experience in cooking and growing that's fantastic, but equally you don't need to have any specialist skills or qualifications to volunteer - just a passion for food, cooking or gardening (or all three!) and a willingness to engage children in food is all that's needed.
If you would like to volunteer in one of our schools, then please register your interest. At the moment we only have our pilot schools in Orford in Suffolk and in Islington in London, but more will be announced soon.
As the Kitchen Garden Project grows we hope to match volunteers up with schools in their area and, although we appreciate your circumstances may change between now and a school local to you joining the project, please still register your interest so we can check in with you as soon as Jamie Oliver's Kitchen Garden project comes to a school near you.