Made In Hackney

To secure the future of our community kitchen & cookery school so we can help 10,000 more people gain skills to lead healthier happier lives

£47,358 raised of £85,000 stretch target 56 %
142 supporters 35 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £45,000 is pledged by 7:19am 27th November 2017

New stretch target

People tell us Made In Hackney has become an important part of their lives and that they hope we're here to stay so we can help more people lead healthier, happier, more meaningful lives. Lets make this a reality by securing our future for the next five years by raising £85,000. This money will cover vital costs including course delivery, volunteer training, community outreach and buying specialist cookery equipment for our visually impaired and stroke survivor participants. 

"Made In Hackney has changed my life. I was a type 2 diabetic and now, thanks to the changes I've made to my diet after attending their programme, I no longer take any insulin. I've been so inspired I've started to earn money by cooking for other people and I'm now developing a career in food. It doesn't get any better than this." Wiz, member of Zimbabwean Women's Association  and participant on Cooking For Life course. 

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Made In Hackney is an award winning community kitchen and cookery school.

Since launching in 2012 we have helped 6,000 Londoners gain the vital food skills to lead healthier, happier lives. We're crowdfunding now to grow our project, secure our future and ensure we can help another 10,000 people over the next five years attend our life changing cookery and food growing courses. 

We are honoured to support and work with a diverse range of community groups such as young people leaving care, long term unemployed, low income families, recovering addicts, people with long term health challenges (visual/hearing impaired, diabetes patients, stroke survivors), people with learning difficulties, ethnic minority and cultural groups - and many more wonderful people who make up the Made In Hackney family. 

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Our Mission

-Tackle spiraling rates of lifestyle related diseases e.g. diabetes, obesity, heart disease and more

-Address health inequalities so the poorest, most disadvantaged are not disproportionately affected by the above illnesses

-Inspire people to make climate friendly, ethical food choices by introducing them to recipes that use local, seasonal, organic, plant-based ingredients  

-Give people the skills, experience and knowledge to improve their employability prospects through accredited and enterprise based training and meaningful volunteering opportunities

-Enhance and bring together economically and culturally disparate communities 

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What We Do

-We offer a range of free and pay-by-donation cookery and food growing classes in a range of themes such as Feed 4 for £3, Fifteen Minute Meals, International Cuisine, Cooking For Life, Healthy Baking, Authentic Indian, Preserving, Wild Food, Bread Making, Urban Food Growing, Gluten-Free Baking and Fermentation

-We offer business enterprise courses for food start ups such as Street Food Enterprise and Making To Sell

-We offer a meaningful volunteer programme designed to enhance career prospects including accredited training, coaching and on the job experience - with many volunteers going on to secure jobs in the charity, voluntary and sustainable food sector after working with us

Read our inspiring volunteer case studies here. 

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Our Impact

We know our approach and programme works. Our 2016 statistics told us: 

95% of participants said our programme helped them feel more connected to their local community

90% of participants said our programme inspired them to cook more from scratch

90% of participants said our 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 they secured paid work as a direct result of volunteering with Made In Hackney

ALL participants said our programme inspired them and gave them the skills to eat less meat 

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What People Say About Us

"I only signed up to impress a girl I wanted to cook for. I haven't been down the chicken shop in three months. What have you done to me? I'm a changed man." Glen, International Cuisine course participant 

"I attended the Making To Sell course because I wanted to get started with a cashew cheese business. That was three years ago and I'm just about to start manufacturing the product - the first of it's kind in the UK." Lydia, founder of Gozo Delhi and Making to Sell course participant

"I was a project apprentice at Made In Hackney. It gave me invaluable experience, without which I would never have got my existing job." Rory, project apprentice 

"I attended the Cooking For Life course at a children centre with my two year old son. We learnt so much. I've started to cook at home - which I've never done before and it's improved my relationship with my wife. We've signed up to a veg box scheme and we're growing trays of salad on our patio. What a change." Rashid, Cooking For Life course participant 

"Before I attended the Made In Hackney programme I used to waddle like a duck - but now I run like a cheetah. Yes, I've lost that much weight." Roseanah, participant on Seed To Plate course

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What We'll Do With The Funding

We've seen the amazing impact our work can have. Your donations will ensure we can keep delivering our hands on practical plant-based cookery courses for the next 5 years to 10,000 people.  

Groups we will work with include: 

-Care leavers to prepare them to cook their own meals as they enter independent living

-Low income families so they have the skills to prepare healthy, affordable food - together

-People who have suffered major health incidents such a strokes, loss of sight and hearing to get back into the kitchen 

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Beyond Fundraising

This fundraising campaign will secure our future - but we're also doing everything we can to develop services and products so we're less reliant on grants and donations in years to come. We're developing (and running) successful team building days and a popular masterclass programme in plant-based food skills. Class themes we offer include Raw Desserts, Life Beyond Cheese,  Sourdough Bread, Live Cultures & Ferments, Healthy Baking, Plant-Powered Fitness and more. With these classes we are helping to shift food trends and eating habits to one's that are both good for people and planet - whilst raising revenue to fund our charitable work.  

Our Rewards

We've got some brilliant rewards on offer to say thankyou to our donors. 

£10 Christmas recipe e-booklet created by renowned plant-based chef Anton Petrov and entry into a prize draw to win a breakfast hamper.

£20 Christmas recipe e-booklet created by renowned plant-based chef Anton Petrovand entry into prize draw to win a Vegan food hamper worth £200 courtesy of Whole Foods Market Stoke Newington branch.

£25 –Christmas recipe e-booklet created by renowned plant-based chef Anton Petrovand limited edition ‘I Like It Raw’ tote bag.

£35 – Christmas recipe e-booklet created by renowned plant-based chef Anton Petrov, limited edition ‘I Like It Raw’ tote bag and a plant-based cookery book.

£40 – Christmas recipe e-booklet created by renowned plant-based chef Anton Petrovand limited edition ‘I Like it Raw’ T-shirt (Sizes M & L)

£45 – Organic salad and Herb Growing class at a beautiful Hackney growing site on Saturday 17th March 1pm-4pm with MIH food grower and Growing Communities patchwork farmer Ximena Ransom, and Christmas recipe e-booklet created by renowned plant-based chef Anton Petrov.

£50 - Foraging walk with prestigious River Cottage chef and author Rachel de Thample to take place on Saturday 24th March 2018 in Hackney and a Christmas recipe e-booklet from plant-based chef Anton Petrov

£50 –A cake decorating demonstration with tea and cake on arrival from the cake uber-artists at Vida bakery on January 18th 6.30pm at the MIH kitchen. You’ll also get a Christmas recipe e-booklet from plant-based chef Anton Petrov.

£55 – One months unlimited yoga or a 10 class pass at a London based yoga studio or a place on a six week yoga course.

£65 – 1 x ticket to Brainchild Festival in Brighton, July 2018 (date tbc). A fabulous DIY powered, volunteer led celebration of music, art, spoken word, talks, workshops, DJ sets and theatre.Usual price £75-£85.You’ll also get a Christmas recipe e-booklet from plant-based chef Anton Petrov.

£65 – Meal for two in a London restaurant (includes Club Mexicana at Pamela's, FED, Vanilla Black, World Food Cafe, Andi's, Andina, Essence, Mildreds, Hiba and more) and a Christmas recipe e-booklet from plant-based chef Anton Petrov.

£70– 1 x ticket for Herbal cocktail making masterclass led by Ayurvedic mixologist Liilamaya in Hackney on Tuesday 5th December, 6.30-9.30pm, and a Christmas recipe e-booklet from plant-based chef Anton Petrov.

£70 – 1 x ticket for plant-based Japanese evening at Clearspring HQ, West London. Event includes delicious Japanese buffet and canapés, food demonstrations, talks and goody bags - and a Christmas recipe e-booklet from plant-based chef Anton Petrov.

£80 – 1 x ticket to never seen before Veganuary supper club collaboration between Club Mexicana and Anton Petrov at the beautiful Autumn Yard venue in Hackney on Tuesday 30th January 2018. Ticket includes vegan drinks from Beeblefish, talks and entertainment. You’ll also receive a Christmas recipe e-booklet from plant-based chef Anton Petrov.

£100 – 1 x ticket to Retreat In The City, a one-day retreat being held on Saturday 24th February in Hackney including active and restorative yoga, pilates, a sacred craft activity, a delicious plant based buffet by Natural Kitchen Adventures chef Ceri Jones, a sound gong bath and meditation. You’ll also receive a Christmas recipe e-booklet from plant-based chef Anton Petrov.

£150 - 1 x ticket to Barista Skills Foundation course at Origin School Of Coffee in Shoreditch on Sat 3rd February, 10am-4pm. This course is part of the SCA Coffee Skills Programme. Usual price £200. You’ll also receive a Christmas recipe e-booklet from plant-based chef Anton Petrov.

£250 – Two-hour photo shoot (portrait, group shots or food stills) with a professional photographer - either Patricia Niven, Lauren Anders Brown, Cleveland Aaron, Daniella Boon or Nicola Jo. Images will be provided digitally. Usual value £500.  And a Christmas recipe e-booklet created by renowned plant-based chef Anton Petrov. 

£300 - Weekend stay (2 nights) in a quaint fisherman's cottage in the heart of picturesque St Ives, Cornwall. Sleeps 4. Very close to Tate St Ives which has recently reopened. Dates subject to availability (off season only.)

£350 – Dinner party for six at your house (Zones 1-6 London) cooked by the a top chef and MIH cookery teacher.  Options: The brilliant Seasonal Kitchen chef and Made in Hackney teacher Mark Breen.

Option 2: The amazing former head-chef at The Russet, Make It founder and MIH teacher Stephen Wilson.

Option 3: The fantastic former Deliciously Ella Chef and MIH cookery teacher Ollie Bragg. 

You'll also receive a Christmas recipe e-booklet from plant-based chef Anton Petrov.

£375 – Two-nightweekend stay for two people in a Hilton hotel (national and global locations) including breakfast available according to date availability) and a Christmas recipe e-booklet from plant-based chef Anton Petrov.

£1000 – Cookery masterclass in a theme of your choice for group of 8 people at the MIH kitchen.  Themes available include Healthy Baking, Sourdough Bread, Taste Of Asia, Healthy-Ish Junk Food, Authentic Indian and more. You'll also receive a Christmas recipe e-booklet from plant-based chef Anton Petrov.

 £1200 – Renowned chef and cookery book author Rachel De Thample will cook a supper club for you and 9 guests in your home (zones 1-3 London only).