Hands-on experience for students also provides delicious support for the community.
An innovative project which delivers real life experience for students in Hospitality & Catering at Glasgow Kelvin College is helping community organisations.
The Social Kitchen project brings together Support for Learning students and Level 5 Professional Cookery students to work together as a small team and produce a buffet of healthy, hearty food as a treat for local community partners – East End Carers; Renew; Men’s Shed; and Rosemount Lifelong Learning.
With a change in catering personnel every four weeks, the initiative offers students the opportunity to enhance their catering and employability skills, improve their communication and problem-solving skills and build confidence through a sense of shared achievement for a worthy cause.
The organisations who benefit are delighted with the service. Kaye Ramage of East End Carers, based at Calton Heritage Centre, thanked the students involved, saying,
“I’m really excited that Glasgow Kelvin College has approached The Carers Hub to be involved in the new Social Kitchen project. The Carers Hub places an emphasis on promoting health and wellbeing of carers and are keen to promote activities around healthy food preparation and nutrition. Many carers neglect their own health for a variety of reasons. This initiative will give carers who may be isolated or exhausted, the chance to drop in for a ready-made healthy lunch in the company of other carers, in a local community venue.”
Shaun Cullen, their tutor, is truly impressed by the work the students put in and at how their confidence has grown in the four weeks. He and the students would like to add their grateful thanks to the College’s intrepid Estates Team who deliver the buffet each Friday.
This year is a pilot programme and the College hopes to develop and improve the initiative over time.
The students and Shaun are pictured here, showing off their delicious creations at the College’s East End Campus, before they are delivered to Renew, a local recovery programme for women. L to r: Christopher Nicholson, Gary Caldwel, Iwona Ciarka, Smhagi Kopadze, Elysee Makombe and tutor, Shaun Cullen.