Come Dine for SmartMove - get involved

Come Dine for SmartMove with Jack McAusland, Florence Dixon and Stuart Hegney.

Come Dine for SmartMove with Jack McAusland, Florence Dixon and Stuart Hegney.

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Come Dine for SmartMove is the new culinary campaign that hopes to be on the lips of diners across Calderdale.

The one-month campaign is a tale of two courses: the first two-weeks will encourage residents to get creative in the kitchen - inviting guests to donate £10 per head to the ‘come dine with me’ style SmartMove dinner party charity campaign; with the second sitting of the campaign focusing on ‘dining out’ - at Come Dine for SmartMove participating restaurants who will donate £1 for every dining party.

Whether you dine in or out - or both, the culinary campaign will help give a much needed boost to help Calderdale’s homeless and vulnerable.

SmartMove, established in 1998, supports homeless and vulnerably housed people to find safe and secure accommodation; provides one-to-one client support; food and household starter packs; education and employment programmes; cooking classes and other support services.

The charity has 111 clients - with 78 people on the waiting list. Insufficient funds and provisions means vulnerable members of Calderdale’s society face a continued wait.

SmartMove’s chief executive Stuart Rumney said: “In addition to council contracts - we need £100,000 to survive. We hope the campaign will raise £25,000.”

SmartMove volunteer Stuart Hegney, 45, of Halifax, used the service two-years-ago when he was evicted.

“SmartMove helped me find a property, secure a bond and do a tenacy course - which helped me back on my feet.”

In a campaign to accommodate all, SmartMove is asking the public and proprietors to pledge their support and pull up a pew at the Come Dine for SmartMove dining table from October 10 - November 10.

Over the coming weeks, the Courier will be offering recipe inspiration and more to help you cook up a storm.

The Hinchcliffe Arms, Cragg Vale, and Casa, Brighouse, are already on board - donating £1 for every seated party. Contact the Courier or SmartMove to find out more.