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27th November 2018 - Press Release

Port of Dover Community Fund supports Cinque Ports Community Kitchen Keen2Cater project

The Port of Dover Community Fund has provided £7500.00 to Cinque Ports Community Kitchen Keen2Cater programme following their successful application for a grant.

Established in 2014, and independently managed by the Kent Community Foundation, the Port of Dover Community Fund benefits the local community by supporting projects that provide opportunities for people to develop employment skills as well as those offering activities that enrich and improve the social, cultural and environmental life of local communities. Applications can be made for grants of up to £10,000. 

The total amount of financial support provided by the Port Community Fund to date is £520,000, funding 66 projects and over 44,000 beneficiaries. 

The Cinque Ports Community Kitchen is a Community Interest Company (CIC) whose mission is to teach disadvantaged local people to cook nutritious meals on a tight budget, with fresh ingredients. As a result they benefit from a healthier diet, develop employment-related skills, grow in self-confidence and feel less socially isolated. The Port of Dover Community fund has supported two courses over the past 6 months, including a Level 2 Food Safety in Catering Qualification. 

An eight day training programme that welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds, the ‘Keen2Cater’ course is held at the fully equipped teaching kitchen Chequers Kitchen Cookery School in Deal. They work closely with Job Centre Plus (JCP) and other local organisations to identify people with the desire and potential to gain employment in the catering industry and help them reach their goals. The team includes two industry professionals, who between them have over 50 years’ experience in the catering industry. 

Port of Dover Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Jenny Beacon said: “The Cinque Ports Community Kitchen ‘Keen2Cater’ project is a wonderful programme which has seen amazing results. For local disadvantaged people to have access to learn food related skills is so important for their quality of life and employment opportunities and the valuable work that Cinque Ports Community Kitchen are doing is remarkable. I hope to see this project go from strength to strength.” 

Stephanie Hayman, Director of Business & Social Impact at Chequers Kitchen Cookery School said: ”We are grateful to the Port of Dover Community Fund for supporting this ‘Keen2Cater’ project. It has enabled a group of Dover residents to build their practical cookery skills and get a very useful and well respected Food Safety qualification. 

“We will carry on supporting our participants while they seek work and once they start, helping them adjust to their new environment and maintain confidence.”

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