Our Programmes

We offer a range of programmes and initiatives which enhance our service and the curriculum for pupils at our member schools. Through our programmes we hope to enhance the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of children and their communities.

This year, we launched our very own ‘Get Up and Grow Award’ programme where pupils learn how to grow and cook their own food in our beautiful Nature Garden in Everton. 

Examples of programmes we have run in the past include; the John Muir Award, Cookery Sessions, Girls Football Tournament, Poetry Competitions, Bouldering Competitions and so much more.

Since its conception, the Mike Carden Health and Wellbeing Grant (named in memory of our founder) has awarded over £100,000 to member schools who have applied for grants towards initiatives that support the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of pupils.

We have awarded grants for football kits, school water bottles, sensory rooms and outdoor learning spaces.

Food For Thought’s schools programmes are exclusively available to our member schools. To find out more, download our programmes brochure here, or email office@fftliverpool.co.uk

The Get up and Grow Award

Our bespoke programme, the Get Up and Grow Award teaches children how to grow, cook and enjoy their own food.  Curriculum linked and tailored to the needs of Food For Thought Schools, groups can book on to this programme free of charge.  

The John Muir Trust

The John Muir Award is an international programme, that encourages children, young people and adults to think about the natural environment.
Our Outdoor Learning Instructor has been working with schools at Everton Park Nature Garden and, as a company, we have guided almost 200 children and young people through the Award so far.

Girls’ Football Tournament

Next year’s annual 7-a-side competition will take place in the summer. The competition will take place at Anfield Sports and Community Centre and member schools are invited to enter a team of girls aged 9-11 years.

Bouldering Competition

Thank you to our friends at the Climbing Hangar who have supported us with our Bouldering Competitions. We will be running our inter-school bouldering competition in February.
The physical and mental benefits of climbing are well established. Resilience has never been more of a focus for child and youth development, and it is just one of the values which climbing promotes.
Core strength is essential for developing good posture, and this in turn contributes to the development of motor skills.
For more information about the benefits of indoor bouldering visit www.theclimbinghangar.com.


YogaBears introduces and teaches the benefits of yoga to young people. Working with YogaBears we have funded taster sessions within our member schools.

Mike Carden Health & Wellbeing Grants Programme

Established in memory of Food For Thought founder, Mike Carden, the Grants Programme is open to all member schools.
Once a year, schools are invited to apply for grants to enhance the physical, emotional or spiritual wellbeing of pupils and staff.


Transport Amateur Boxing Club

Based in Everton Park, the boxing club have worked with us for a number of years as part of our holiday activities programme. In the summer, children from our member schools had access to free weekly boxing lessons.

Peloton Liverpool

Peloton are all about creating a good cycling culture. For the past four years we have collaborated to deliver a holiday programme, with Peloton providing the bikes and us providing the food.

The Shewsy

The Shewsy is an Everton based youth club, next door to our Nature Garden. We frequently support their events and they let us use their WiFi!

Community By Nature

Community By nature is a Merseyside charity who teach children and adults about nature and bush craft. We work hard to facilitate links between them and our member schools.

Anfield Sports & Community Centre

Anfield Sports and Community Centre has supported us as a venue for our annual Girls’ Football Tournament. Football and BBQ’s- a winning combo!