Lucy’s July Blog

Lucy blogs in her own words about life after lockdown and a new, easy mug cake recipe.

Life After Lockdown

I usually work at Rushbrook Youth Centre and I haven’t been to Rushbrook for about 3 months and it was good to be back. I do outside youth clubs and Street-Based to see young people what they are doing and up to.

So what I do is some games, activities, have fun and chat about what you are doing when it’s during the Lockdown. Sometimes, I walk to the town to see and chat with young people to see what they are up to. When I come back to Rushbrook Youth Centre and I felt really nervous and bit of a shaky so it was really nice to be back, it was nice to see my team, it’s so weird to see each other about 3 months because so they not to face-to-face .

I went to Teignmouth with my family so we caught the train, I haven’t been on the train for about 3 months and I miss public transport, this is the first time I had to wear a mask when I got into a train and I felt a bit itchy. Couple weeks later I went to Exeter so I caught the train and I haven’t been to Exeter since March. When I went to Exeter I looked around the city centre and explored the area and then it was nice to be back to the city and I would like to go back again.

I am so pleased when the pubs, restaurants, cafes and gyms are opening as usual so I went there and it was nice to be hopefully back to normal. I went to Totnes Rare Breeds Farm with my mum and I haven’t been since last year, so it was to see the animals and visit.

I do Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene at iHasco and then I have completed and passed and I am so proud of myself. I had a training with Community Team with space* and so I learn about Dynamic & Collaborative and Equality & Diversity, I enjoy this training because it helps me as a Youth Worker.

July Recipe – Microwave Mug Cake

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 2 minutes (!)

Difficulty: Easy

Serves 1


  • 4 tbsp self-raising flour
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 medium egg
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil or sunflower oil
  • A few drops of vanilla essence or other essence (optional) (orange or peppermint work well) (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips, nuts or raisins etc (optional)


1. Add 4 tbsp self-raising flour, 4 tbsp caster sugar, 2 tbsp cocoa powder to the largest mug you have (to stop it overflowing in the microwave) and mix.

2. Add 1 medium egg and mix as much as you can, but don’t worry if there’s still dry mix left.

3. Add the 3 tbsp milk, 3 tbsp vegetable oil or sunflower oil and a few drops of vanilla essence (optional) and mix until smooth, before adding 2 tbsp chocolate chips, nuts or raisins (optional) if using, mix again.

4. Centre your mug in the middle of the microwave oven and cook on High of 1 1/2 – 2 minutes, or until it has stopped rising and is firm to the touch.

Hope you enjoy your Microwave Mug Cake.


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CoronavirusDue to the social distancing measures of Coronavirus not all of Lifeworks services are running as they usually do.

Our residential services, Robins and Sesame, continue to run and have provided a safe home for the residents. Unfortunately, we have had to stop the short stay service at Robins for the time being. Our specialist College was closed for the Easter holidays but has now re-opened for a small number of students. Community Projects’ in-person services have been put on hold but the team have been very creative, launching Safe-Space a new online platform to provide a much-needed service to young people who are feeling isolated at home.

We are still working our way through these times where there is uncertainty and we are responding to guidance and instruction as information is sent to us. We look forward to the time when we can re-instate all of our services but the safety and wellbeing of our service users, families and staff is our top priority always.

Please continue to find out more about our services and get in touch with us to discuss them at any time. Email [email protected] or call 01803 840 744

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