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Southwark social enterprise given £5,000 to boost prospects of young local chefs

Aspiring young chefs in Southwark will be given free training to take their careers to the next level this year thanks to £5,000 grant funding from Wandle.

The housing association has donated to the Bermondsey Community Kitchen, a social enterprise committed to schooling unemployed local young adults who one day hope to make a mark in the catering industry.

The funding, awarded by Wandle as part of its Community Grants initiative, will be used to run eight City and Guilds training courses and deliver 50 freshly-made meals to food banks in the local area over the next twelve months.

Bermondsey Community Kitchen, which launched in 2015, is a not-for-profit project working to better the life chances and career prospects of young people in Southwark aged from 16 to 25.

Located on Market Place and run in partnership with the nearby Dun’s Deli, it gives promising chefs valuable work experience and helps them work towards a Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery.

Nathan Liburd, Community Investment Officer at Wandle, said:

“Bermondsey Community Kitchen has a track record of engaging with and developing talented young people in Southwark, and we are pleased our funding will help support its worthy cause.”

Shannon Donovan of Bermondsey Community Kitchen said:

“We are incredibly grateful for the funding from Wandle. Our project not only trains students in a professional qualification but it also aims to build their confidence and communication, giving them valuable life skills.”

Wandle, which owns and manages over 1,300 homes in Southwark, runs its Community Grants initiative to recognise the positive role local organisations play in building thriving communities.

In 2016 alone, the programme has granted a total of £39,500 to eight organisations working across south London.

For more information on how Wandle is supporting local organisations this year, contact Tomasz Crompton on 0208 682 7456 or

Follow @BermondseyCK on Twitter to see how Bermondsey Community Kitchen is investing in the futures of young people in Southwark.


For more information:

Matthew Solesbury, Communications Officer, Wandle

Tel: 020 8682 7373