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21st September 2015 - Press Release

Community fund is cooking up a treat

Budding chefs, who were trained to cook professional healthy meals on a course financed by the Port of Dover Community Fund, have reaped some tasty rewards.

The participants - all from the town, with half of them under the age of 25 - have all completed a Hygiene Level 2 qualification successfully.

The course was run specifically for unemployed Dover people, and the externally-accredited certificate they’ve achieved will put them in a better position in the job market. 

The qualifications were the result of a six-week course - run by the Cinque Ports Community Kitchen - which covered cookery and catering skills ranging from nutrition, to knife techniques and meal planning.

Jack Williams, from the independent panel which assesses projects applying to the fund, said: “I am thrilled that every one of the participants was awarded a Hygiene Level 2 qualification - giving them a good opportunity to gain future employment in the sector if they choose.

“I was delighted when the Cinque Ports Community Kitchen was a recipient of the Port of Dover Community Fund. Offering a range of cooking classes and sessions, the social enterprise enables local people - including, among other groups, the young and unemployed - a chance to gain new skills, experiences and confidence.

“I look forward to seeing the community kitchen grow, with its range of new schemes being developed, and am confident that it can have a positive impact in the community.”

The next round of funding has already opened, and Kent Community Foundation is holding a workshop on September 29 at Cruise Terminal One, Port of Dover, between 10am and noon. The workshop will help Dover groups and organisations with the application process.


Notes to Editors


  • Further enquiries about the funding awards should be  made to Samantha Flood, Fund Development Manager, Kent Community Foundation - samantha@kentcf.org.uk / 01303 814 500.
  • For more information on the Port of Dover Community Fund, please visit - http://www.kentcf.org.uk/apply/funding-round/#PortofDover.
  • For more information on Kent Community Foundation, please visit - http://www.kentcf.org.uk/
  • Previous announcements about Community Fund beneficiaries include: Cinque Ports Community Kitchen CIC, Dover Music Festival, Dover Partnership Against Crime (CPAC), Deal Festival of Music and the Arts and Bechange.

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