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C.O.O.K Project

C.O.O.K Project – Creating Opportunities in Our Kitchen
Peoples Project winners

The winning moment!

Following an amazing two week campaign which saw the Island turn pink, we were delighted to be announced winners of the ITV Meridan People’s Projects and awarded an amazing £42,180 from the Big Lottery.

In the pink!

Our pink t-shirts captured the Islands imagination and very soon queues were forming with local people turning out to support us and more importantly vote for us!

From the Island’s MP, to record breaking sailor Ellen MacArthur, and Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank, our pink t-shirts became the must have fashion assessory. Even four legged residents got involved – see the gallery below for many of the great pictures taken during the campaign.

Volunteer and training opportunities at Cafe Moa

And it worked. The Centre received a mammoth 3376 votes which enabled us to develop our COOK Project – a volunteering and work experience programme for young people, adults with learning or mental health difficulties, and those returning to work.

Through the project we offer hands-on learning in our busy community cafe under the supervision of our catering supervisor. Topics being covered include food hygiene, cooking and preparation, cleaning, serving, cash handling, menu planning and waiting. We are delighted to be working with Michele Newton of Four Seasons Cookery Academy to deliver the COOK Project.


We are also grateful to have received £10,000 funding from WightAid, which kicked the COOK Project off at the beginning of 2017.

Wightaid cheque presentation

The project has also received funding from WightAid

If you would like to find out more about the COOK Project or get involved please contact the Centre Manager




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