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Residents enjoy a ‘taste of Haven’ after Keepmoat donates new kitchen

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Published by Craig Downs for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities

Community Worker, Simon Jay and Keepmoat Tenant Liaison Officer Sarah Jones Community Worker, Simon Jay and Keepmoat Tenant Liaison Officer Sarah Jones

A Birmingham community food project has been given a helping hand to get started after housing and regeneration specialists, Keepmoat supplied and built them a new kitchen for free.

The kitchen, including worktops, fitted units, new flooring and a new boiler, was installed at The Haven Community Project based on the Welsh Farm Estate in Quinton.

The donation from Keepmoat has helped Haven to launch its Taste of Haven initiative which aims to bring the local community together through food.

Cultural evenings featuring the best of the area’s culinary delights, community lunches, a snack shop and cooking skills sessions will all be delivered thanks to the new kitchen.

Community Development Worker Simon Jay said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to Keepmoat for all their hard work and generosity in providing us with this amazing new kitchen. It will make such a massive difference to the Haven Centre where we are based.

“We had been struggling to get the Taste of Haven project up and running because of our existing kitchen’s shortcomings. The floor was unsuitable, the boiler was outdated and we had little or no storage space. Everything has been transformed thanks to this new kitchen which will help us to make Taste of Haven viable.

“The project will help draw people to the centre, to meet and enjoy a snack or meal. Food is a great way to bring people together - especially people from diverse backgrounds. It will also potentially provide a vital source of income for the centre.

“The new kitchen has already been put to good use and we are now able to do all the cooking here in a professional and well-equipped kitchen.”

Housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat is currently working with Birmingham City Council in Quinton on a massive eco-refurbishment programme to the area’s council housing stock. Using funds from the Government’s Community Energy Saving Programme, homes have been given free improvements including loft and cavity wall insulation and new boilers. The refurbishments are helping to reduce homeowners’ energy bills and help the environment by lowering carbon emissions.

Neil Baxter, Regional Director for Keepmoat said: “The Haven Community Project has been at the heart of the work we have been carrying out in Quinton over the last few months. The centre and its staff have been crucial as we consult with residents, inform them about the programme and deliver the improvements to people’s homes.

“This new kitchen is our way of saying thank you for their support and patience during the programme of works. We are even more pleased to know the kitchen will play such a big part in the project’s future.”

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