Community kitchen cooking up positive change for Burnley

The kitchen staff
The kitchen staff
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Positive change for those who are struggling is the goal of a new community kitchen project in Burnley town centre, driven by Burnley FC in the Community.

The Burnley Community Kitchen, which will incorporate a foodbank, café and teaching kitchen, will open on August 6th in the heart of the Charter Walk Shopping Centre.

The foodbank element of the facility, set up in a supermarket-style layout, will offer a dignity of choice to users and will be closely linked to an in-house teaching kitchen.

Paul France, deputy chief executive for Burnley FC in the Community, said: “Daily work continues on the kitchen. We’ve come a long way over the past few months and we’re proud to see the many elements of the facility taking shape.

“We’re working with lots of fantastic partners in the town who have really got behind Burnley FC in the Community and our ambitions for the kitchen – and for those who will use it. We look forward to opening the doors to the town next month.”

Trained Burnley FC in the Community staff will offer cookery lessons to foodbank users, with the aim to develop their home-cooking confidence and skills using foods they can access from the foodbank itself.

The kitchen will also ultimately aim to lift users out of foodbank reliance by offering employment, financial and education support.

As well as the foodbank, the space will include a community café for public use, a meeting space for community groups, a book exchange and a children’s play area.

Burnley FC in the Community is the official charity of Burnley Football Club.

The group is looking for volunteers to help with the day-to-day running of the kitchen.

Available roles include receptionist, drivers, café workers and plenty more. If you would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities at the kitchen, please contact Anita Orchard, Community Kitchen manager on a.orchard@burnleyfc.com.

For all general enquiries about the kitchen, please contact Paul France on p.france@burnleyfc.com or call 01282 704716.