Sudbury: Charity kitchen to offer cooking skills

Graham Baker from Baker & Baker; Sudbury councillor John Sayers; Emily Houghton senior funeral direc

Graham Baker from Baker & Baker; Sudbury councillor John Sayers; Emily Houghton senior funeral director, Co-op Funeral Service, Sudbury; and Shirley Moore, chef executive from The Befriending Scheme. In the back row � the rest of the Co-op Funeral Service team. - Credit: Archant

Adults with learning disabilities will be able to pick up valuable cookery skills at a new purpose-built kitchen.

A dedicated training kitchen has opened in Sudbury at The Befriending Scheme’s new premises on The Croft.

The charity, which was started 25 years ago by Bures woman Shirley Moore, now helps more than 450 people across Suffolk and has 300 volunteers on its books.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Befriending Scheme has moved into new premises thanks to a partnership between the charity and Northcroft Social Club.

Work to convert space above the social club into offices for the charity was completed last month. Appliances and materials in the kitchen were funded through the generosity of local businesses and councillors, who recently attended an official opening event.

Mrs Moore said: “Choosing healthy food, storing it, cooking it and doing all of this hygienically can be a big challenge for a person with a learning disability.

“Now, thanks to local businesses and The Befriending Scheme, people in and around Sudbury and the rest of Suffolk will be able to rise to this challenge with confidence and support.

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“In the kitchen a ‘utility area’ containing a washing machine and a dryer has also been installed. Washing and taking care of clothes and linen is another crucial life skill required for independent living and we are delighted to be able to provide this via our new facility.”

Sudbury councillor John Sayers donated £475.48 from his locality budget to fund the utility area.

Among others who donated are Baker & Baker, who gave a double oven and hob, and East of England Co-operative Funeral Service Sudbury, which provided two standing and hand-held food mixers.

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