The Coundon Kitchen

A roaring success

The Coundon Kitchen has been open to the public since early November 2017.  The Kitchen was set up as a for-profit Social Enterprise which would raise vital funds for the Hub whilst providing our clients the opportunity to work in a kitchen/café environment.

Prior to the opening our clients applied for the roles that they felt they wanted to do.  It was a huge success and the process gave our people an insight into a real life interview, gaining valuable experience and skills for when they are ready to move on to their next journey.  Our people applied for jobs working front of house, waiters/waitresses, kitchen porters, sous chef and operating the till. 

Under the watchful eye of our Head Chef/Life Skills Coach, Andrew, budding chefs and bakers have been nurtured.  Under the supervision of Sallie, Sonia and our Volunteers, Joan and Lyndsey, staff have supported our people front of house.

Our allotments at Canney Hill have supplied some of the vegetables served in the Kitchen.  Clients who are not involved in the Kitchen go grocery shopping to stock up for Thursday’s service.  It really is a Team Journey effort.

Every Thursday we throw open our doors to the public and we are thrilled to say that the Coundon Kitchen has been a roaring success, despite some atrocious weather.

The Coundon Kitchen is proving very popular with local residents and friendships have been rekindled and made.  Our oldest customer is a centenarian and the youngest, a toddler – there really is something for everyone!

Our customers have given us lots of positive feedback: “lovely food”; “food was nice and hot”; “we’ll be back”.

This Thursday we’re starting the Christmas festivities off with Turkey and all the trimmings including a FREE mince pie and tea/coffee for £5.50, kindly donated by our Sainsbury’s Local in Coundon.  We’re pleased to say that tables at our two sittings have been snapped up by clients, clients’ families/carers and the general public.

We’ll be closed between Christmas and New Year but we’ll be opening our doors again on Thursday 4 January 2018 to welcome in the New Year.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2018 from Team Journey in Coundon.