‘Morning of Giving’ from Chefs’ School at Dean Clough

From the left, Cooking School apprentice Hannah Poulter, Sana May from Project Challenge and Project Challenge business manager Lorna Butterick.

From the left, Cooking School apprentice Hannah Poulter, Sana May from Project Challenge and Project Challenge business manager Lorna Butterick.

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The community rallied round to give the needy an extra treat at the Halifax Food and Support Drop-In at Ebenezer Methodist Church.

Apprentices at The Chefs’ School at The Viaduct, Dean Clough, prepared and served sandwiches to more than 100 people at the church on St James Road, Halifax.

The “Morning of Giving” was instead of sending Christmas cards from the Design Dimension Educational Trust.

The Dean Clough based charity runs The Cooking School and The Chefs’ School is a new venture to provide employment opportunities to young people.

Chef tutor Peter Williams said: “We wanted to do our bit and made over 200 sandwiches.”

Apprentice chef Hannah Poulter, 16, of Boothtown, Halifax, said she loved her work and it was nice to get an opportunity to help those attending the centre.

Suppliers to The Chefs’ School provided the apprentices with food. Fillings came from Delifresh, of Bradford, bread was donated by Brakes and meat from Todds, of Skircoat Green, Halifax.

Well over 100 people on low incomes attend the centre every Saturday morning for food parcels and everyday necessities worth several pounds each.

Christians Together in Calderdale run the drop-in with support from several local organisations supporting the young and vulnerable.

Volunteer Hazel Murgatroyd said well over 100 people attend every week and they sign-in to collect food parcels donated from the wider community.

Before leaving they are given hot drinks and sandwiches and are able to socialise and seek advice on everyday issues.

There is also a clothing stall and quiet time for people to be supported through prayer if they wish.

The drop-in centre is seeing an increasing number of young people seeking help.

“These are young people who can’t get a job and are on very low incomes,” said Mrs Murgatroyd.

“They are needy, and don’t want to be here - they want to get jobs.”

Unemployed Richard Renahan, 52, of Salterhebble, Halifax, uses the service and is now also a volunteer helper.

He said it had helped him and he was happy to work with it to help others.

“The service has helped me with bedding, clothing and food,” he said.

“And, I find it helpful helping other people, especially if they are feeling down.”

Since the project started around 19,000 parcels have been given out.

Anyone wishing to donate funds to the Drop-In can do so with cheques payable to Christians Together Calderdale (write Drop-In on the back) and send to: The Treasurer, Food and Support Drop-In, New Ebenezer Centre, St James Road, Halifax HX1 1YS.