'Come dine with us' say former homeless

A Group of former homeless young people in Wrexham hosted their own 'Come dine with me' experience this week thanks to an innovative community initiative.

The Foyer is a supported living scheme in Wrexham for those who have either experienced homelessness or been at risk of becoming homeless. Residents have been working with Cynefin, the Welsh Government funded project, learning about healthy eating, cooking and budgeting. This resulted in the residents of the Foyer hosting a 'Come dine with me' lunch event on June 8th.

Dave Gittins, Cynefin Place Coordinator for Wrexham

Dave Gittins, Cynefin Place Coordinator for Wrexham said "The residents have been brilliant and done really well. The Caia Park NHS Health Team has provided a 6 week 'Come and Cook' course, Oxfam has kindly donated pots and pans as a cookery starter kit for those joining the sessions, and Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, which manages the Foyer has provided cookery books. We've also had great support from the wider community. Tesco provided food for the event, and Communities First, supported by Wrexham County Borough Council has provided advice on budgeting.

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As a celebration at the end of the 'Come and Cook' course ...

"As a celebration at the end of the 'Come and Cook' course, the residents hosted their own lunch-time 'Come dine with me' event. As an added treat Odeon Wrexham provided cinema tickets and Glyndŵr University donated four tickets for their flight simulator as prizes," Dave added.

Ade Harvey, Life Skills Coordinator at Clwyd Alyn

Ade Harvey, Life Skills Coordinator at Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, congratulated all those who had taken part on their achievements, and thanked everyone who had helped the initiative be such a success.

Cynefin has been inspirational in bringing ...

"Cynefin has been inspirational in bringing everyone together. The whole initiative has not only been great fun for those taking part, but it has provided vital learning outcomes that will be a real benefit as the residents move on to live independently in the future.

The Comments from the residents

"The Comments from the residents themselves speak volumes. They have really appreciated this creative approach to helping them gain confidence and skills for the future" said Ade.

Mark Mizen, a resident at the Foyer said

Mark Mizen, a resident at the Foyer said "I enjoyed doing Come dine with me because it gave me the freedom to cook whatever I wanted and have so much fun. I also feel more confident and would love to do it again".

Cheryl Roberts, also a resident said "It gave me the opportunity to do something I had wanted to do for a while. I wouldn't have been able to do it without Caia Park Health Team as I wouldn't have had the confidence to do it without them".