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Community kitchen backed by B&Q

A Newcastle community kitchen-space, that will enable vulnerable adults to learn how to cook balanced meals, has been fitted and stocked thanks to a donation from a national DIY chain.

Tyne Housing’s Wilfred Street building in Byker – one of a cluster of hubs where people facing or at risk of homelessness can access healthcare, training and support – has been fitted with a brand-new training kitchen, where residents will be supported to build cooking and nutrition awareness skills to support their health and wellbeing.

The kitchen – including a range of appliances – has been funded by B&Q and will enable Tyne Housing and partner organisations that use the centre to deliver training, to support vulnerable adults to build confidence and culinary skills.

The Wilfred Street kitchen also includes a number of mobile workstations, and has been stocked with £500 worth of food, thanks to national retailer B&Q, which awarded the funding after a successful bid from Tyne Housing.

The kitchen’s completion will be marked with a small event to enable Tyne to showcase the space to the organisations it works with.  It will be available for partners to use for training and development, as well as by Tyne Housing itself, to support residents and people it works with.

Bryan Beverley, Learning and Wellbeing Manager at Tyne Housing, said: “We’re delighted to have been supported by B&Q to refurbish a kitchen that will be well-used by the Tyne team, as well as our partners, to support vulnerable people to build essential skills that will enable them to live a better life.

“We are an organisation that was founded on partnership working, recognising that it takes a number of organisations to come together to tackle the challenges our communities – and the people who form them – face.  This is a brilliant collaboration with B&Q, and we’re incredibly grateful for the support and the improvements it’s allowed us to make.”

For 50 years, Tyne Housing has been supporting residents in the North East.  The charitable housing assists the most vulnerable people in the communities it serves, standing by them and providing help that enables them to grow their skills and confidence, and overcome barriers to go on to live independently.

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