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Epsy’s new kitchen opened

The Epsom Street Community Centre, operated by Nugent, has been transformed with a new kitchen, complete with appliances and cooking equipment donated through John Lewis’s Community Investment Fund, which staff at the Liverpool One branch applied to following a visit to the centre.

John Lewis Liverpool have not only provided the full kitchen complete with cookers, fridges, freezers, dish washer and washing machine but also sent in their fitted kitchens team to install it, transforming what was a store room, into a fabulous multi-purpose facility.

The brand new kitchen will provide an opportunity to share new skills and ensure all children receive a hot meal, which will in turn improve health and well-being within the community and combat issues such as poverty and ill health.

The ribbon was cut by Housing Maintenance Solutions Apprentice, and former attender at the Young Person Group at Epsy, Anthony Burns. (pictured above) “it was great to be asked to cut the ribbon, without Epsy’s support I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

Liverpool’s Deputy Mayor was also on hand to help open the Kitchen, but happily handed the honour to Anthony.

Housing Maintenance Solutions completed the preparatory refurbishment work and worked alongside John Lewis to install the kitchen.

Once opened, we invited our two guest Chefs in to christen the kitchen, with a Cook -Off. We provided them each with a bag of fresh ingredients, and asked them to cook a healthy dish in 30 minutes.

The chef’s, Carringtons Catering’s Darren Wynne and Kevin Kirby from Training Strategies, plated up and their dishes where then judged by the guests, with Kevin taking the trophy.

The young people and families that use Epsom Street have been amazed by the generosity and the transformation with one parent saying, “Some of the children have been saying we won’t be allowed in anymore because we never get nice things like this.”

Geraldine Staniford, John Lewis Steering Group Administrator, receives a painting produced by the Epsy’s young people as a thanks you for her support.

Mandi Tambourini-Moore, Epsom Street’s Community Volunteer Manager said,

“We are all overwhelmed by the commitment and generosity from John Lewis, this really is going to make a difference to people’s lives, and gives a future for our centre and to Kirkdale residents.

Last summer we were able to provide over 3000 meals to our families and young people from one cooker, this new facility will mean we can help more families struggling to cope.”

Nugent’s CEO, Normandie Wragg helps out in the kitchen. 

Donna Williamson Epsy’s Community Volunteer Coordinator said:

“It’s truly amazing and wonderful that John Lewis have supported this great community in such a practical way with the state of art new magical kitchen, which will allow us to feed develop and nourish people in the right way, fit for purpose, funky, classy and wonderfully practical… Wow!”

Donna accepts a donation of £500 from Jan Agger of Training Strategies. The donation is to help Epsy join the Fair Share food delivery initiative to help solve food poverty.

Normandie Wragg – Nugent CEO, Mandi Tambourini-Moore, Kev Whittaker, Kane Mulligan and Geraldine Staniford – John Lewis Liverpool, Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, Kevin Kirby – Training Strategies – Donna Williamson, Darren Wynne – Carringtons Catering.

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