Holiday Cook and Eat Project at Bingley Community Kitchen: August 2019

This is the second year the holiday provision has been held for one day each in the first four weeks of the school holidays. Parents cook with their oldest child while younger siblings participate in a range of activities and games both indoors and outside. The food cooked is eaten as a communal lunch by volunteers and the families attending the sessions. Families are given ingredients to take home so they can replicate the cooking at home later in the week.
There were places for 6 families to attend each session. Families were asked to pay a small deposit to reserve a place and this did result in higher numbers of people attending the sessions in 2019 compared to 2018. Where unavoidable circumstances prevented people attending (ie illness) people on the reserve list were contacted and were able to fill in the spaces on some of the sessions. Families who requested a place were selected the degree of vulnerability they experience.
The sessions were held in the newly opened Bradford Community Kitchen, the original hall of Trinity All Saints CE Primary School and the playground of the school. The cooking was led by Mr Hughes who led the sessions last year on two of the days, the other two sessions were led by people from Inn Churches funded by the Jamie Oliver Foundation. Ingredients were provided free to the families. They were purchased mainly from Inn Churches for a small donation using money raised by fundraising events and from grants received.
Altogether the sessions were used by 55 vulnerable people. 21 adults and 34 children of various ages. Any food that wasn’t used on the day was taken to vulnerable people within the locality thus serving even more people in need.
Sufficient volunteers were forthcoming that not all were needed which was a positive improvement from 2018. Volunteers came from SI Bingley,

members of the school and members of local churches uniting the community.





The following are comments left by those accessing this holiday provision.
• Another brilliant session. The cooking was a great idea and we really enjoyed it. We would love to come again. (parent)
• Fantastic and very helpful. Both myself and my children have really enjoyed ourselves. Thank you to everybody for the opportunity to participate in the community kitchen. (parent)
• Amazing. Thank you so much for sharing today. What you do in your own time and care about everyone is second to none. Thanks for a Great Day! (parent)
• I had fun. Thank you. (child)

The Holiday Cook and Eat was a success in that vulnerable and isolated families made contact with trusted adults during the long school holiday. The sessions gave quality time between older children and their parent whilst younger siblings were looked after – something that single parents find difficult within the home situation.
Now that the community kitchen is fully operational this resource can go from strength to strength in future years. Succession planning is already in place, uniting representation from Soroptimist International of Bingley, the local churches, Rotary and Trinity All Saints School, to raise funding for August 2020 to safeguard the most vulnerable families within Bingley.