Construction Students Help Build Community Kitchen

Construction students got working this week when they started work on an exciting new Community Kitchen.

The students from Brighton Metropolitan College rolled up their sleeves to help strip out a derelict office block to be transformed into a vibrant cookery school run by the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership.

They have donated their time to work with the not-for-profit organisation as part of their multi-trade course at the College.

Brighton and Hove Food Partnership Community Kitchen manager Alan Lugton said; “The Met students are showing what community really means by working so hard. We are so impressed by their spirit and enthusiasm. We can’t wait to complete the transformation of this space – so we can get on with inspiring more people to cook and share food.”

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The Food Partnership has run food projects in the city for over 13 years but the Community Kitchen is the most ambitious project yet. They aim to change the empty Credit Union offices in Community Base, Queen’s Road, Brighton into a busy teaching kitchen and venue for hire.

Backed by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation the Community Kitchen will provide cooking lessons and workshops for everyone ranging from beginners to more experienced cooks. The Food Partnership will also run subsidised courses to encourage people who may find cooking more difficult such as people with learning difficulties, living on low incomes and with mental health issues.

The MET students aged between 16 to 19 carried out important initial work on the site including stripping out the existing fittings, walls and ceilings and making the electrical and plumbing work safe for the building to be refurbished.  As part of their course, they are expected to complete up to 30 hours work on a real construction site.

Met College Construction Tutor Stephen Wilkins said: “This has been a great opportunity for our students to gain valuable work experience, enhancing their time at college and giving them real world life skills.”

The Food Partnership also runs weight-loss groups, community gardens and food waste initiatives. They aim to launch a crowdfunding campaign to ask the public to help them equip the kitchen next year.

The next stage of fitting out is being managed through the generous support from MacConvilles surveying, Crofton Design and Cheesemur building contractors who will replace the outdated services ready for the new kitchen to be fitted.

Find out more: http://bhfood.org.uk/

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