Made In Hackney receive £22k match funding from Santander Changemaker Fund

Award winning community kitchen and cookery school, Made In Hackney, are back crowdfunding for the second time. Looking to grow the project and secure their future, they want to help thousands more people through their life-changing cookery and food growing courses.

Launched in 2012, Made In Hackney has already helped 6,000 people in London to gain the necessary food skills needed to lead healthier and happier lives. They have had an amazing impact with their endeavour, but are turning to the crowd once again to ensure that they can keep delivering their plant-based cookery courses for many years to come.

With over three weeks still to go, this Crowdfunder project has truly hit the ground running. They have already hit their first funding target and have also been match-funded £22k by the Santander Changemaker Fund, which aims to help social enterprises, small charities and community groups throughout the UK to deliver innovative solutions that will improve communities.

You can see more Crowdfunder projects that have been matched with this fund here. 

Made In Hackney is an inclusive programme that supports a diverse range of community groups. There is a particular focus on groups that stand the most to gain by attending, including the vulnerable, the low income and the marginalised, who are often the individuals that suffer the most from lifestyle related chronic health conditions.

With a no-compromise approach, this eco-conscious initiative aims to inspire the London community to eat food that is genuinely good for both people and planet. However, they also have a much bigger vision to improve economic and employability prospects, which they achieve through their offering of various courses, volunteer programmes and training.

Made In Hackney has set an incredible example for what a community kitchen can begin to offer, in the way that it tackles some of the biggest problems faced by society, including unemployment, food growth, food wastage and poverty.

These changemakers know that this approach works, and their most recent statistics demonstrate the impressive impact of their venture.


95% of participants said that the programme helped them to feel more connected to their local community.


90% of participants said that the programme inspired them to cook more from scratch.


90% of participants said that the programme inspired them to eat more fruit and vegetables.


85% of volunteers said they gained skills and experience that enhanced their employability prospects.


60% of volunteers said that they secured paid work as a direct result of volunteering with Made In Hackney.

Do you have a community-benefitting project that supports social change and delivers measureable impact? 

Then you might also be eligible to receive match-funding from the Santander Changemaker Fund.

Created to support projects that help communities to prosper, the Santander Changemaker Fund will place an additional pledge, of up to 50%, to match-fund the amount raised by the crowd and help you to reach your target.

Together, we can activate social change through the power of ideas.

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