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Young carers learn kitchen and greenhouse skills with The Botanist

Release Date: 13 Oct 2017

Young carers supported by Barnardo’s Indigo Project in Ilford are being taught essential cooking skills by experts from The New World Trading Co’s Botanist pub brand.

Families enjoyed a fun day at Barnardo's Indigo project, hosted by a team from The Botanist pub chain.

Children and young people who help care for their parents or siblings at home are learning valuable kitchen tips through the six-week programme, which is taking place throughout October at the centre in Granville Road.

It follows a month of support for Barnardo’s services by Botanist teams throughout the UK, including a family fun day at Indigo on September 16. Volunteers built a new greenhouse in the garden, encouraging families who use the service to come together to grow and share their own produce.

Sharon Conroy, Manager of the Young Carers Service at Barnardo’s Indigo Project, said:

We support young carers by helping to ensure the right support is in place for their families, enabling them to simply enjoy being children. We also help them learn important life skills for those times that they need to help out at home, so it’s fantastic to have the team from The Botanist come in to help them feel more confident in the kitchen.

The new greenhouse is also a great new feature in our garden that will be well used by the many families and young people who make up the Indigo community. I’d like to say a big thank you to The Botanist for everything they’ve done.

The Botanist also raised funds for Barnardo’s throughout September by donating £1 for each sale of custom-made cocktails and desserts. It has also launched a ‘Grow with Us’ pledge to build more greenhouses in children’s centres and communities across the country.

Katie Longbottom, head of charity for The New World Trading Company, which runs The Botanist, said:

It has been amazing to start our Grow with Us pledge with the Indigo team. We hope the greenhouse will produce many years of food produce and education.

I must give thanks to Sharon for organising such a great event for the families, we feel privileged to have been part of such a warm and wonderful family day.


Notes to editors

For more details call Dan Hodges on 07887 737 048 or email

Picture caption: Families who are supported by Barnardo’s Indigo Project in Ilford at a family fun day hosted by The Botanist pub chain. The Botanist installed a greenhouse at the service and is running a cookery course for young carers throughout October.


Barnardo’s Indigo Project in Ilford, east London, supports children and young people who have substantial caring responsibilities at home. It supports their emotional, social, physical and educational development and enables them to enjoy activities together. The service also supports a wide range of local families and children, including those with disabilities.

The charity has helped transform the lives of millions of disadvantaged children in the UK, and continues to help families to build a better future. In 2016/17 more than 272,000 children, young people, parents and carers were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, such as young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, training and skills or parenting classes.

Registered charity No. 216250 and SC037605

About The New World Trading Company

The New World Trading Company (NWTC) is the proud operator of some of the most exciting brands in the UK pub market, consisting of The Oast House (Manchester), The Botanist (Alderley Edge, Birmingham, Chester, Didsbury, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Marlow, Farnham, Knutsford, Sheffield, Reading and York) The Smugglers Cove and The Club House (both Liverpool) The Trading House (London) and The Canal House (Birmingham).

NWTC won six awards at The Publican Awards 2017; Best Drinks Offer, Best Managed Pub Company, Best New Pub/Bar, Best Pub Operations Team, Best Pub Brand / Concept and Best Pub Employer (500 plus employees). Placed 10th position in The Times Top 100 Companies 2017 and won four awards at the National Pub and Bar Awards 2017; The Botanist in Sheffield was named the best pub in the UK, Rachel Doherty of The Botanist in Newcastle won the Outstanding Service Award, The Trading House in London won best London pub and The Botanist in Newcastle took the North East award.

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