The Eating Place Community Kitchen Garden is an extention of our Eating Place 'Pay what you can' Community Cafe. The cafe has been running in its current form since September and is open for three days a week. It s based in Wood End, Coventry, which is currently rated as the 8th most disadvantaged community in the country.
The cafe provides hot meals on a 'pay what you can afford' basis. For many people this means the food is provided at no charge. Between September and Christmas 2016 (39 sessions) we served over 1600 meals and were able to engage with people, befriend them and where appropriate refer them to projects within and outside the Mission where they may be able to recieve further help and support.
A number of people have expressed an interest in volunteering in response to recieving a meal and we have a piece of land alongside the Mission which we would like to convert into a community run kitchen garden, with a polytunnel and raised borders. We also need to buy tools, a storage unit and other general items needed to create a garden.
We believe that this would provide an opportunity for some clients to feel needed, learn new skills and make new friends. It will improve peoples self esteem and general mental health as well as providing fruit and vegetables for the community kitchen.
If we are able go get this up and running then the next stage would be to put cookery courses in between the growing stage and the eating stage to try and give people cooking and budgetting skills.