BLEND KITCHEN -"Good Food Does Good"

by Blend Kitchen in Sheffield, England, United Kingdom

£5,280

£10,000 target 11 days left
52% 113 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 6th August 2021 at 8:00pm

We HAVE BEEN BROKEN INTO TWICE since opening. We must significantly increase our security to protect this life changing community asset

by Blend Kitchen in Sheffield, England, United Kingdom

About Blend Kitchen

UPDATE 22.7.21-  BEFORE YOU READ ON - we want to thank our amazing Patron and music legend Richard Hawley for his ongoing compassion & support for our work... and the fantastic rewards he presented us to support our Crowdfunder - take a look!! 

Update 23.7.21- AND we must thank our incredibly generous Blend Kitchen Ambassador, internationally renowned artist, Bubba2000 who has presented us a super rare and sought after artwork as a reward. See the rewards page. Deep thanks from all the BK team.

ABOUT BLEND KITCHEN - and why YOU can help change lives.

We are a social enterprise with a simple yet ambitious aim – to support and change the lives of some of Sheffield’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised people.

We provide structured hospitality training and paid work experience to people who have been marginalised by a lack of access to rights, resources, and opportunities. For many trainees, Blend Kitchen is their first ever experience of paid employment. We are here to give them back their dignity and pride (and a future) whilst challenging societal misconceptions and prejudices

After a successful 2 year pilot project in Sheffield city centre we raised over £350k and in April 2021 launched a new, made to measure, fully accessible and inclusive training kitchen, restaurant and events space on Sheffield's “foodie mile”, Ecclesall Road.

With the help and support of our community we turned this empty space:

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Into this! 

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We have successfully been supporting and changing those facing the biggest barriers to opportunity, including those affected by diagnosed mental health conditions, autism, both learning and physical disabilities, and homelessness. We also have an outreach programme delivering culinary training and improving family health in Sheffield's most deprived communities. 

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Why are we crowdfunding?

Soon after launching we were devastated by a serious break in with theft of valuable training assets and thousands of pounds worth of damage. 

BREAK IN 1

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BREAK IN 2

And then while we were crowdfunding because of this... we were broken into FOR A SECOND TIME, devastating for the entire team. 

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The assessment of the police and security specialists concluded that our main which doors are set back from the main road create a fatal security blind spot.

Our mindset at Blend Kitchen is to always remain compassionate and to turn negatives into positives. So we are seeking to raise over £10,000 which will:

1) Create a new secure “front lobby” where the break in took place with security shutters

2) Increase CCTV presence at the front and rear

3) Improve lighting at the front and rear 

4) Upgrade our alarm system to connect directly to the police 

Why will your support turn a negative into a positive? Apart from the critical security benefits, the new lobby will:

1) Prevent heat loss making Blend Kitchen more energy efficient 

2) Create seating for more customers, increasing our revenue potential 

3) Mean a much more visible “shop front” to attract passing trade and increase revenue potential 

4) Any funds raised over our target will be used for a dedicated outreach project in the community where the young adults who committed the break in come from. By connecting and supporting we have more chance to change society than by further marginalising and disenfranchising. This would be an incredible result, don’t you think?

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

17 of 20 claimed

Asian Street Food Master Class for 6

Up to 6 people will have learn to make the ultimate satay sauce, authentic Katsu curry and the perfect Pad Thai. After the class you'll sit down in the restaurant to dine on the the fruits of your labour. A great gift for you foodie friend?

£10 or more

Homemade cake and gourmet coffee

A big fat slice of cake. Baked by our trainees just for you with a cup of fancy Illy coffee of your choice

£15 or more

Bone China "Good Food Does Good" mug

With our strapline and logo front and center! Hand printed in Sheffield by someone in recovery from homelessness and other challenging circumstances. In collaboration with "Printed By Us" you'll be supporting 2 great causes each time you sup yer tea.

£25 or more

"Good Food Does Good" T-Shirt

This beautiful T-shirt will have our strap line "Good Food Does Good" on one side. Hand printed on organic cotton by Sheffield social enterprise "Printed By Us", you're not just helping Blend Kitchen but an organisation that helps vulnerable and those touched by homelessness to more toward employement. By wearing this reward you will also be a walking advert for the work we do! Sizes from babies and kids to to XL and ladies slim fit.

£100 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Bread Making Master Class for 6 people

Don't know your Fougass from your focaccia? Not sure if it's sour dough or soda bread? This reward will have you and your friends reaching "Star Baker" status by the end of the day!

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Signed by Richard Hawley - his first album

Signed by Richard Hawley - his first album "Late Night Final" Richard named his first solo album after the cry of vendors selling the Sheffield Star evening newspaper on the streets of his beloved home city. Signed with a message personally to you.

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Signed by Richard Hawley - Devil's A*rse Live

Signed by Richard Hawley - “Devil's A*rse Live” double album Recorded live at the famous gig staged in the incredible setting of the “Devil's A*rse” cave at Peak Cavern in Castleton. The largest cave entrance in England witnessed a gig to behold, with natural acoustics captured beautifully on this recording. Signed with a message personally to you. NB - we have to put * in the word A*rse due to Crowdfunder rules!

£120 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Richard Hawley LIVE in Derby for two + signed CD

2 tickets for Richard Hawley LIVE + CD signed personally to you! Date - Wednesday 11th August Location - Derby Venue - The Venue It’s been a very long time coming… for all of us to experience live music. Richard is sure to deliver something VERY special. These shows follow a landmark year for Hawley, whose 9th studio album ‘Further’ hit the top 3 spot. See the legend on stage & take take home a CD signed with a message just for you!

£120 or more

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Richard Hawley LIVE in Coventry for 2 + signed CD

2 tickets for Hawley LIVE + CD signed personally to you! Date - Thursday 12th August Location - Coventry Venue - The Kasbah It’s been a very long time coming for all of us to experience live music. Richard is sure to deliver something VERY special. These shows follow a landmark year for Hawley, whose 9th studio album ‘Further’ hit the top 3 spot See the legend on stage & take home a CD signed with a message just for you

£120 or more

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Richard Hawley LIVE in Oxford for 2 + signed CD

2 tickets for Richard Hawley LIVE in Oxford Date - Friday 13th August Location - Oxford Venue - o2 Academy It’s been a very long time coming for all of us to experience live music. Richard is sure to deliver something VERY special. These shows follow a landmark year for Hawley, whose 9th studio album ‘Further’ hit the top 3 spot. See the legend on stage and take home a CD signed with a message just for you!

£150 or more

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Richard Hawley LIVE in Halifax for 2 + signed CD

2 tickets for Richard Hawley LIVE in Halifax Date - Sat 4th September Location - Halifax Venue - Piece Hall His appearance in Halifax promises to be a special show from a musician that has a knack for creating poignant and powerful songs. He is joined by 6 Music darling John Grant and Studio Electrophonique, with more to be announced. See the legend on stage and take home a CD signed with a message just for you!

£750 or more

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Original artists proof of "Jarvis" by Bubba2000

We are proud to say that Bubba2000 is a Blend Ambassador and his ongoing support means he has SO generously donated this wonderful reward that is not available anywhere else! what a legend!! 1 of only 5 original artists proofs of the iconic "Jarvis" by Bubba2000 - signed by both Jarvis and the artist. VERY rare and very much sought after. Nuff said!! www.instagram.com/bubba2000art www.facebook.com/BUBBA2000

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed by Richard Hawley - Heart of Oak 7" vinyl

Signed by Richard Hawley - Heart of Oak 7 inch vinyl From his seventh full length album this is the hard to find 7” single “Heart of Oak”. Signed with a message personally to you.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed by Richard Hawley - Richard Hawley t-shirt

From the Hawley collection, a beautifully produced t-shirt featuring the man himself and signed with a message personally to you. Wear it when listening to his music and it sounds even better… guaranteed ;)

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed by Richard Hawley - Coles Corner music box

This was Richard's 1st music box. Hand cranked music box which plays a burst of Coles Corner. Beautifully made to carry a little bit of musical heaven with you wherever you go… just 'turn the crank to hear the music'.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed Richard Hawley-Open Up Your Door music box

This is Richard's 2nd music box. Hand cranked music box which plays a burst of Open Up Your Door. Beautifully made to carry a little bit of musical heaven with you wherever you go… just 'turn the crank to hear the music'.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed - Tonight The Streets Are Ours music box

Signed by Richard Hawley - This is Richard's 3rd music box. Hand cranked music box which plays a burst of Tonight The Streets Are Ours. Beautifully made to carry a little bit of musical heaven with you wherever you go… just 'turn the crank to hear the music'.

£150 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Private film screening for upto 30 guests

We LOVE this reward!!! A private showing of a film of your choice on our 82 inch screen. You'll have our cosy private room for the night... sit back and relax with pop corn and homemade ice cream included for all! Equvalent to £5 a head this reward has to be a movie buffs dream!!

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed Richard Hawley poster created by Pete Mckee

Richard Hawley poster created by Pete McKee - Signed by both Richard and Pete Renowned Sheffield artist Pete Mckee has immortalised many iconic places and faces including Blend Kitchens Patron, music legend Richard Hawley.

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