Activity Centre kitchen gets makeover

The busy little kitchen at the Activity Centre in Berkhamsted has recently had a makeover. It is used every day to make lunch for trainees and staff, and as a training facility for BBO (Building Better Opportunities) participants. Throughout the year, it is also used to make jams and chutneys that we sell in our farm shop.

The old kitchen was looking tired and it was not designed for the amount of cooking that takes place at the Activity Centre. A new, integrated kitchen was therefore installed in early February, thanks to Awards for All (The National Lottery Community Fund), who gave us £10,000 and Sunnyside Church who donated £1,500.

The new kitchen has been designed to ease movement and to maximise space. For example, there is now a worktop for people in wheelchairs or people who may need to sit down whilst cooking. It also has a designated jam and chutney making station that doesn’t interfere with other meals being cooked, thereby enables both activities to take place at the same time, making it safer and more comfortable. In addition, the space has been cleverly redesigned so that staff inside the kitchen can now view the hall way and therefore keep an eye on activities outside of the kitchen.

As well as a new floor and lighting, the kitchen has been thoroughly de-cluttered making it much lighter and brighter. All in all, it is a fantastic new facility that is fit for purpose and is enjoyed by both staff and trainees.

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