The Cultural Kitchen is a safe meeting place for refugees and asylum seekers to come together, socialise, make new friends, play games and enjoy a Halal meal.
Between 60 and 80 people attend each session. Free art and craft activities are available and enjoyed by children and adults alike. START staff, trustees, placement students, service users and volunteers prepare and serve the meal. Everyone helps to clear away afterwards.
The Cultural Kitchen has built and strengthened supportive relationships with other agencies and organisations within the city. Taking part is important, as it creates a sense of belonging to a wider community. All refugees and asylum seekers are welcome at the Cultural Kitchen, with a £1 per adult cost.
I really enjoyed it. The food was very good and I got to meet a lot of people from my country that I did not know before. I will get together with them again. I am not alone anymore. I will definitely come back to the Cultural Kitchen for the food and to meet more people and to relax too.
I like to meet a friend and chatting, exchange different ideas and making new friends, doing many things.
I like cultural kitchen because it is a fun place and the people can meet a few people and make friends; and they make nice food.