Getting a pizza the action during the school holidays in Lowestoft

Youngsters had the chance to make pizza during a workshop at Sams Cafe on Bevan Street, Lowestoft.

Youngsters had the chance to make pizza during a workshop at Sams Cafe on Bevan Street, Lowestoft. Youth development manager Beth Stephens with Scarlett Warren-Patterson and Courtney Warren-PattersonPHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Every parent knows the challenge of finding ways to keep the kids entertained during the long summer holidays.

Youngsters had the chance to make pizza during a workshop at Sams Cafe on Bevan Street, Lowestoft.

Youngsters had the chance to make pizza during a workshop at Sams Cafe on Bevan Street, Lowestoft. Youth development manager Beth Stephens with Tia Reid, Scarlett Warren-Patterson and Courtney Warren-PattersonPHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

But now a Lowestoft charity with a coffee house run by apprentices has come up with a different way to take up a pizza the break.

Youngsters had the chance to make pizza during a workshop at Sams Cafe on Bevan Street, Lowestoft.

Youngsters had the chance to make pizza during a workshop at Sams Cafe on Bevan Street, Lowestoft. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The East Suffolk Youth Priority Action Group (ESYPAG) is providing money over two years to help fund activities for young people across the area.

Youngsters had the chance to make pizza during a workshop at Sams Cafe on Bevan Street, Lowestoft.

Youngsters had the chance to make pizza during a workshop at Sams Cafe on Bevan Street, Lowestoft. Youth development manager Beth Stephens with Tia Reid, Scarlett Warren-Patterson and Courtney Warren-Patterson.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Board member Ray Wang said: 'We've identified that young people have been saying there's nothing to do in the school holidays, and not enough non sport-related activities.'

So Sams Coffee House in Bevan Street East, run by Access Community Trust, pitched for funding for a new free pizza-making workshop for children, which runs every Friday during the summer holidays from 11am to 3pm. Beth Stephens, youth enrichment development manager for the charity, said: 'One of our biggest issues is childhood obesity.


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'The way to deal with that is not to say: 'Don't eat that,' but show them they can still eat food they enjoy if they learn to make it from scratch.

'We can then teach the about ingredients and how to make it in a healthier way, rather than just going to a take-away.

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'The holidays are really long and expensive and not everyone can afford to take their children to Pleasure Beach every day. It's great for us to offer something that doesn't cost a penny.'

Waveney MP Peter Aldous was one of those to enjoy a slice of the action last Friday - although he admitted his own pizza-making skills were no match for the youngsters.

'It gives young people in these long, summer holidays a great way to pass the time and also encourages healthy eating,' he said.

Among those taking part was nine-year-old Kelsey Thomas. 'I like using all the ingredients,' she said.

Jessica Phillips, 29, from the Gunton estate, brought her twins Jamie and Madison, seven, along for the day.

She said: 'With a six-week holiday it can be quite expensive to do things locally.

'It is brilliant to bring them down to make something and eat it - and for it to be free.'

Young people can just turn up to take part.

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