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Residents cook up a healthy storm at local salvation


Published by Sophie Middleton for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Education, Health, Housing

Haringey resident proudly displaying her certificate Haringey resident proudly displaying her certificate

Haringey residents have become master chefs after successfully completing a five-week healthy cooking workshop at their local Salvation Army centre.

The free five-week workshop organised by local community café, Filling the Gap, and supported with a £1,000 donation from Sanctuary Housing’s Grand Ideas Fund, invited health conscious families to roll up their sleeves and get to grips with fresh and local ingredients.

The amateur cooks learnt a range of skills from understanding nutritional information and keeping to a budget, to cooking up quick and mouth-watering masterpieces. Tasty recipes to help spice up tea-time meals in a healthy way included Chapatis, Chocolate Beetroot Cake, Mackerel Fish Cakes, Moroccan Lamb Stew, and much more.

Filling the Gap, located at Vickers Court, Hale Village, made a pledge to serve affordable and wholesome food to the local neighbourhood. The ethos of their operation is to make a difference and turn healthy eating on its head by offering wholesome food at affordable prices and supporting local families.

Ebony Skerrit, Haringey resident who attended the free training, added: “I’m privileged to have been able to take part in this course. It has expanded my repertoire of recipes and my knowledge of healthy eating.”

Kate McMath King, from Filling the Gap, continued: “The cooking workshop was a great success and everyone who attended enjoyed cooking affordable and nutritious food.

“Everyone here at Filling the Gap is hugely grateful for the funding from Sanctuary Housing and we welcome anyone in the neighbourhood to come along to our café to try some healthy dishes and pick up some affordable recipes.”

Meghan Zinkewich-Peotti, partnerships manager for Sanctuary Housing, said: “We are delighted our residents had the opportunity to attend this healthy cooking workshop, as it’s a fun and interactive way for people to learn how to eat well within a budget.”

Filling the Gap is one of many community groups across England to benefit from Sanctuary Housing’s Grand Ideas Fund.  Now in its third year, the fund offers up to £1,000 to groups that need financial support to help deliver activities within their local community for the benefit of local residents.

The Grand Ideas Fund is open for applications from charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations.

For details on how to apply, please contact the Sanctuary Housing Community Investment team on 01905 335 441 or email



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