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Help us raise £50k to refurbish our community kitchen, buy new equipment & grow our team to expand our vital social outreach work.
by Coexist Community Kitchen in Bristol, Bristol City, United Kingdom
We are inundated with requests from our partners and other service providers in and around Bristol for us to provide more outreach sessions and courses. If our Crowdfunder is successful, these funds would allow us to expand our team, refurbish the kitchen and generate more income that would allow us to deliver more social outreach work.
If we were to reach beyond our target of £50k, we would dedicate the extra money to improving our current programmes to make them even more inclusive and engaging, and would develop new programmes to expand our impact to new service users.
In particular, our dream is to work towards fully integrating people who have come through our programmes by offering them free or low-cost social events, skills training, volunteer opportunities and paid employment opportunities where possible. We believe this would enrich and diversify our team to ensure we are consistently adapting and improving our provision based on the needs of our users.
Below are just some of the things we'd like to do following a successful fundraiser:
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WHO WE ARE
We are the Coexist Community Kitchen, an inclusive, non-profit cooking school and social space located in the heart of Easton in Bristol. We’re passionate about using food as a catalyst for change, and for over a decade have been providing a welcoming space where individuals from diverse backgrounds can come together, learn new skills, and rebuild their lives. We believe that food has the power to transform not only individuals, but entire communities.
Our work is centred around supporting those who face multiple challenges in their lives, including mental health issues, food insecurity, domestic abuse, risk of trafficking, problematic use of alcohol or drugs, as well as individuals seeking refuge from war or conflict. We work with people to understand the unique struggles they face and strive to create a safe and nourishing environment where they can heal, grow, and regain their sense of self-worth.
WHAT WE DO
Through practical workshops and cooking courses, we empower our participants to develop their culinary skills and foster a sense of dignity and belonging. We encourage them to share their skills with others, which creates a space where everyone feels seen, valued and at home. We go beyond cooking to incorporate additional support as needed, such as language lessons and guidance on nutrition, budgeting, and work opportunities.
In addition to our workshops, we run a weekly Community Meals service. With the help of dedicated volunteers, we utilise food bank donations to prepare around 150 nutritious meals for individuals and families facing food insecurity. Sadly, the need for this service is growing rapidly, with 1 in 28 households in Bristol experiencing severe food insecurity in 2022/23, more than double the previous year.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We are trying to raise £50,000 this Winter to help us build resilience and stability within our Community Kitchen to help it grow, develop and diversify - so that we can ultimately help more people and deliver greater impact across Bristol.
The money we raise will go towards staffing costs, training, new equipment, kitchen refurbishments & promotional activity to help us generate more income for the kitchen through our catering service, public workshops, hosted events and space hire. The money we raise (as always) will then be directed straight back into the kitchen, helping us run more workshops, work with new partners, improve access for all and fully integrate people who have come through our programmes to offer them opportunities to learn, work and socialise.
WHAT COULD WE DO IF WE HIT OUR TARGET?
Reaching our target would enable us to expand our team, update our equipment and reach new audiences in order to generate more income for the Kitchen. That income would allow us to then run more outreach sessions, develop new programmes, work with new partners in Bristol and help a greater number of people in our community.
It would also allow us to take steps towards our dream of fully integrating people who have come through our programmes by offering them free or low-cost social events, skills training, volunteer opportunities and paid employment opportunities where possible.
HOW WE WILL SPEND THE MONEY WE RAISE
These investments will then enable us to develop, diversify and expand our social outreach work to help even more people in our community.
Some of the things we'd like to do for example is:
There are so many people who benefit from the Coexist Community Kitchen, but we know there are so many more that need our help. Please help us reach our target and increase our impact in the community.
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