Over the past 6 months, at The Hive cafe in Ushaw Moor, Policy Development Partner, Anne-Marie Booth, has been working towards establishing a new kitchen and further refurbishing their space to better serve the needs of the community.
With the help of a grant from the Starbucks Youth Action Fund, the Hive has developed a five week healthy-cookery course for the group and used the grant to purchase kitchen equipment including a cooker, fridge/ freezer and sink. Now that the academic year has restarted, they are going to host an inter-generational food project to encourage the same young people to serve the elderly and build a sense of community in the village through food.
In addition to the youth group, they have received support from a local charity called Handcrafted, who helped to paint the kitchen and now use the premises as office space, whilst Anne-Marie and the team provide lunch for their volunteers. Further financial sponsorship for the kitchen has come from the Church Urban Fund and Durham Seedbed, which they intend to use to grow an educational arm at the cafe, focused on people wishing to become self-employed and start their own business/ enterprise. This will involve mentoring and educating people from the cafe; for example they are looking to support an individual wishing to trial a pop-up Italian Bistro from the cafe itself.
It is our belief that education should not just be restricted to young people, but extended through the entire community and encouraging local people to serve other local people.
Anne-Marie explored those developments with BBC Radio last week (listen again below) and blogs with us tomorrow.