Homeless cooking up recipe for success
Published by Susan Littlemore for Riverside in Care and Support and also in Education, Health
Riverside's Healthy Eating advisor Andrea Wild (right) gives cookery advice in Claremont's training kitchen
Homeless residents at Riverside ECHG's Claremont House are being helped to gain important cookery and training skills following a transformation at the scheme in Gloucester.
Claremont House provides temporary accommodation for up to six months to twenty homeless men and women. To boost their training options Riverside has invested £60,000 in the transformation of key areas at the centre and has provided expanded cookery and workshop facilities.
Julie, who is one of Riverside’s residents, did a healthy eating demonstration of lasagne, fresh baked bread and fruit tarts at the Open Day and said: “Having the new kitchen training facility has given me the confidence and more freedom to decide what to cook for myself. I can experiment. It also helps to build relationships with other clients. And you get support from staff on how to cook healthily and the right way.”
As part of supporting residents Riverside’s Director of Supported Housing, Mark Nightall, came along armed with culinary gifts for the kitchen.
Handing them over to Claremont’s residents he said: “What the team here have achieved with their residents shows the importance of us investing our money in providing up-to-date facilities and training opportunities. Looking by what the residents have cooked here today it’s going to be a tasty future!”