The communal aspects of enjoying food together are just as important as preparing it.


What we do: 

Empowering young people
Maymessy works with 8 local charities and youth groups since its launch to the present day.

Maymessy makes a huge impact to over 250 young people who have come here.  After a few hours here, they have more collaboration; meaningful communication; teamwork, confidence, self esteem and time outside in the shared garden as well as greater knowledge of healthy eating and wellbeing. 

We all had a great time at Maymessy, Anna was patient and kind and we cooked food we had never cooked before which was fun and it tasted good.”

A young person at Abingdon Foyer June 2018. A residential home for children leaving the care system.

What we offer

The kitchen is kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment by Miele across six cooking stations that can be used by up to 12 children at a time. We have a team of expert nutritionists and chefs here to facilitate cooking. All are DBS trained, have safeguarding and are first aiders.

Those visiting Maymessy will be able to work in the vegetable plot, get to grips with the pots and pans, and finally sit down to scoff a plate of their own yummy and nutritious food. The communal aspects of simply enjoying food together are just as important as preparing it.

“16 -24 year olds feel lonely more often than any other age group” Co-op Red Cross 2016

Maymessy can offer ad hoc work experience, volunteering and mentorship to the young people who come here. 


Our testimonials

Be free young carers 2 x cookery camps April 2019

Maymessy has provided 2 absolutely fantastic cookery workshops for our charity Be Free Young Carers. The young people who attended were aged between 8 and 17 yet the workshops were tailored wonderfully to meet the needs and skills of every single child making them feel valued and important. There was lots of laughter, lots of fun and lots of delicious food made and most importantly, they all left feeling more confident, proud of their achievements and very happy. One child commented that “I was smiling the whole time” while another stated “I absolutely loved everything because I learnt lots of new things yet I had loads of fun!”. We would highly recommend Maymessy and we’re so grateful for their wonderful support of our charity.

Carly Forkner Be Free young carers charity April 2019

“The day created beautiful memories for the women and their children in the countryside where most of them do not often have the opportunity to visit. Most of the women we support are the main carers of their families and unemployed. They often do not have the luxury of taking the whole family out due to time and/or financial constraints. This trip enabled the women and their families to not just experience country life in the UK but also the opportunity to bond as a family in a fun, safe and relaxed environment.”

Fatou Ceesay, Women’s Service Coordinator at Refugee Resource JUNE 2019

“An opportunity to see beyond the city of oxford with new cooking skill gained".

Fatou Cessay, 6th February 2019.

“Thank you for another fantastic event! The chance to meet the wonderful women refugees group and share cookery skills was so memorable. The students loved being taught how to make Eid Cookies and sharing their pizza making skills. Brilliant!”

Emmie Bidston Wellington College, 23rd January 2019.

“Today was one of the best days I’ve had with this group. The group was formed in February and I’ve got to know them really well. Without doubt they really enjoyed it. I could see in their faces and the way they were interacting with you and working together, was so lovely to see. They were very proud of what they achieved and couldn’t wait to get back to their mum to give them a muffin.
You have played a big part in what we try and achieve at YoCO and I thank you for that.
We will be back,

Best wishes

Berinsfield YoCO group, 2018