Young people staying at the Amber Foundation in Trowbridge were the first group to take part in the community cookery school project at the Storehouse Foodbank in Trowbridge. The course has been set up by Fareshare in partnership with Jamie Oliver and Tesco – the idea is to teach people within local communities to cook simple, low cost, healthy food, to reduce food waste and to improve well-being.
The cookery course takes place over 12 weeks every Tuesday between May and July at Emmanuel’s Yard, a historic 18th century church building situated in the heart of Trowbridge. The young people at Amber were the first to use the brand new kitchen under the supervision of community cook Mika.
Amber supports homeless and disadvantaged young people at its residential centre in Trowbridge, where it provides a safe temporary place to live, and the structure and support for the young people to re-build their lives.
Amber’s approach is holistic and the programme of support focuses on 4 areas: employability; independent living; health and wellbeing; and personal development. Learning to cook is a key part of being able to live independently once the young people leave Amber, so getting involved in the community cookery course is a perfect addition to the weekly programme.
Jennie Rubel, Centre Manager at the Amber Foundation in Trowbridge commented: “The team at Storehouse Foodbank are really motivational and have taught the young people some fantastic skills over the last few weeks; we are looking forward to them bringing their new skills to the kitchen at Amber.”