Community food workshops given National Lottery funding boost

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Randolph Augustine (left) and some of the attendees with their National Lottery Fund cheque

A Bedford community group that runs cookery workshops for teens, vulnerable and disadvantaged adults has received National Lottery funding.

Green Light Community Food Workshops CIC, is celebrating after being awarded £900 to continue its cooking workshops, which share knowledge and skills to cook nutritional healthy meals on a budget.

The community interest company (CIC) has been running since 2004 and is staffed by three volunteers.

It was founded by Randolph Augustine after he realised that the community was struggling to deliver practical cooking skills to teenagers, vulnerable and disadvantaged adults in the community.

The five workshops will take place throughout the Bedford Borough area, each running for five weeks & will be attended by 50 attendees.

At the workshops, the attendees will learn to cook nutritional meals on a budget for themselves and others in the group.

The latest workshop is taking place with members of the Football Education Academy in Wixams. The 16 – 18-year-olds will learn about preparing meals from scratch using fresh, healthy ingredients.

The workshops help the attendees to socialise and to make friends while learning new skills and having fun. While enjoyable, the attendees are also gaining greater confidence, self-belief and important social skills.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will see these workshops expanded to other groups.

This means that the number of attendees able to participate will increase too.

Randolph Augustine, founder of Green Light Community Food Workshops, said, “We’re delighted that the National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way.

“Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to press on with our plans to broaden the range of opportunities available to local people.

“This is important because it helps both the attendees to build relationships with others facing similar challenges and to create their own supportive circles of friends and peers].”

Rachel, a former attendee, now volunteers at the workshops. She said, “I attended a workshop, it gave me confidence to start cooking again and Randolph has given me the opportunity to be a volunteer & be a part of this worthwhile project.”

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