Our GOLD (Getting On with Learning Difficulties) project was delighted to receive a donation of £600 from the ASDA Foundation for their Thursday Café Club.
Tracey from the Broadstairs ASDA Store popped over to present the cheque to an enthusiastic group at the club in Ramsgate. The group are all adults with a learning difficulty who live independently and have to manage the rising cost of rent, energy, and food. The Café Club offers practical help in preparing healthy, low-cost meals and thanks to ASDA they will be able to purchase new equipment, including an air fryer and mini oven, to expand their repertoire of meals and allow more people to cook together. The grant will also buy plates, bowls, and cutlery so that the group can sit down together to eat as well as take meals away to eat at home.
Manager, Fiona Wonford, said, ‘We’ve just got a microwave at the moment which makes cooking very limited. Being able to buy an air fryer and mini oven is a game changer for the group’. Kathy, who is a member of the group says she has been learning to cook at home and is excited to share some of her best recipes with her friends and try some new ones at the club. The group will also learn about budgeting and healthy living.
The GOLD project at East Kent Mencap provides help and support for people with a learning disability in Thanet who live independently and receive less than 5 hours of support a week.