Culture Kitchen in the Community
On Saturday 15th October, the Culture Kitchen group in Newcastle-upon-Tyne held their latest in a series of rotating community events known as ‘Culture Kitchen in the Community’, this time in collaboration with St Nicholas’ Cathedral. The event took place in the city centre Lantern Café and welcomed around 50 people from all over the city to enjoy a delicious lunch cooked by the Culture Kitchen volunteers. The meal included food cooked by volunteers from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. The event also saw volunteers giving presentations about where they’re from and a drumming workshop. Each guest was given a recipe booklet that also included information about what it means to be a refugee and asylum seeker in the UK. Feedback from the guests was overwhelmingly positive.
Culture Kitchen events are led by a team of volunteers from Newcastle, many whom come from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds. The team aims to bring communities together to learn about what it means to be a refugee and asylum seeker through multicultural food and music delivered partner organisation Crossings. The volunteers report that their participation helps improve their wellbeing and skill development. Over the last 6 years the group have delivered over 50 events, with over 100 volunteers involved and over 800 event attendees.
Culture Connect, the charity who runs Culture Kitchen, now have ambitions to start a movement and spread the work around the UK and beyond to Europe. They are looking to make contact with groups around the country who may be interested in adopting and adapting the Culture Kitchen model in their projects and communities. They plan to put in a joint bid with a number of partners and are looking for people to get in touch to discuss further. Email [email protected] or visit www.culturekitchen.org.uk/a-new-movement