Food always seems to taste better outdoors and the power of a fire to bring people together is second to none.
I live and work in an area of very high poverty. I have become really worried about childhood poverty and food poverty as I see it everyday. We also live in an area where communities don't have opportunities to meet and mix and understand each other.
I want to bring communities together to cook, eat and share food outdoors with each other. I want to encourage all people who want to interact with their community in new positive ways but also aim to attract communities and families who do not usually access outdoor activity. This can be done by using local community spaces that people can walk to and discover and then continue to use in their everyday lives. It's fantastic to work in woodlands and on beaches but many can't access those spaces. This means that an open fire will not be appropriate in some of these new community local places. I need to purchase a fire bowl, tripod and other campfire cooking kit to enable us to be able to have a fire in places where having a fire on the ground is not possible. We also need to buy pans and equipment that will help us to work with and feed larger numbers of people.
We have started the journey of bringing people together for enjoyment of the outdoors, of being together and of sharing food together, this is the next leg of our journey. Your kind donations will help us reduce social isolation and take action to tackle food poverty. We also know that through bringing communities together outdoors around a fire, while sharing food, that we go some way to improve the health and well being of all involved.
At our first pilot event last month we served over 50 cups of Autumnal soups. Children played together while adults talked to each other and we told some stories around the fire. I have identified other communities in need in our area and would appreciate your help to make this happen.
I know it is close to Christmas and funds may be stretched but this is really a gift that you can give that will just keep on giving.