Ravenscliffe hopes for votes

Danyal Iqbal training in the Ravenscliffe High School kitchen with catering manager Tony Mulgrew.
Danyal Iqbal training in the Ravenscliffe High School kitchen with catering manager Tony Mulgrew.

Ravenscliffe High School has been named one of four West Yorkshire organisations in with a chance of winning £5,000.

As reported last week, the Lloyds Banking Group’s community fund has two pots of £5,000 cash available to four West Yorkshire causes - two of which are from Calderdale: homeless charity Calderdale SmartMove and Ravenscliffe High School.

Last week we focused on SmartMove’s bid for votes. This week we look at Ravenscliffe.

Voting lines are now open and the two with the most votes in each region win £5,000.

Ravensliffe High School caters for children aged 11-19 with special educational needs.

Headteacher Martin Moorman said he was delighted the school had made the shortlist of four in West Yorkshire.

He said if they won, the cash would be spent on creating a specialist kitchen facility to train students in catering as a lifeskill and for the workplace.

He said: “If Calderdale could rise to support us we would be absolutely honoured.

“We’d use the money to fund a specialist trainig kitchen. We’ve gone in-house with catering and want to educate our students as a work-related learning project.

“We’re looking to have about eight students every day, helping to prepare meals, also for the community locally. We’d like to run a luncheon club where the elderly can come in and have a meal produced and served by students.

“We’re hoping the whole community will get behind us and support the school. This would be a fantastic way of getting extra financial support in hard financial times.”

One Ravenscliffe student, Danyal Iqbal, 18, is already benefiting from a similar scheme at the school, which would be expanded under the new plans.

As well as training with the school’s catering manager Tony Mulgrew, Danyal helps in the kitchen at Cedar Court Hotel in Huddersfield - gaining skills which could one day lead to employment. Mr Mulgrew said the school had converted an old classroom into a training classroom and the £5,000 would be used for specialist equipment.

“Danyal is a very quick learner, very quick on the uptake to learn new skills. Because it’s gone so well with Danyal, we’re hoping to carry this on in the new term with students who might want to work in the catering industry and other students to learn basic lifeskills so when they leave school, they’ll be more independent.

Simon Dyson, head chef at Cedar Court, added: “Danyal does really well. We’ve started from the basics, and how I learned. He’s been learning basic knife skills, veg prep and this week I taught him how to cook leek and potato soup.

“It’s vital for his growth as a person and giving him more experience.”

To vote for Ravenscliffe High School, text ‘Vote LS3’ to 61119.

To vote for Calderdale SmartMove, text ‘Vote LS2; to 61119.

To read those shortlisted and vote - which you can do for more than one organisation - visit www.lloydsbankinggroupcommunities.com.