At the end of June, we headed over to the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester for a very special workshop with Manchester Women’s Aid.
Vegetarian Society Cookery School tutor, Maz, worked with a group of women at Sahara, a Manchester Women’s Aid project, to create delicious vegan dishes and teach them new cookery skills. The course was funded by a vegan legacy grant from the Vegetarian Society that brings veggie and vegan cooking to the wider community.
The Big Lottery-funded Sahara project gives outreach support and group work programmes to women from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) communities who have experienced domestic abuse. The project runs weekly drop-in sessions on Wednesdays from 12 to 2pm, where women can learn new cooking abilities and gain advice about finances and housing.
12 women from the project took part in the session, where they learned to cook exciting vegan curries and quesadillas.
Uzma, Sahara Project Lead, said all the women really enjoyed the session and really valued learning how to make new dishes while they were going through a difficult time in their lives.
Sam, Head of the Vegetarian Society Cookery School, said: “There was a lot of laughter in the room and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves – particularly when it came to eating the quesadillas!”
Find out more about the Vegetarian Society Cookery School’s charitable work here.