Group turns to crowd for funding

FORM community development manager Rebecca Clarkson hopes the group can raise funds through crowdfunding.Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au   d441032
FORM community development manager Rebecca Clarkson hopes the group can raise funds through crowdfunding.Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d441032

The kitchen is used for a weekly shared lunch program, and gives residents the chance to create homemade jams, chutneys and preserves in the kitchen, and then sells them at local markets.

FORM community development manager Rebecca Clarkson said the group needed $20,000 to fully equip the kitchen with the tools needed to train, mentor and provide hope to 100 Hampton Road residents.

�We were fortunate enough to receive the 2014 Impact100 grant which funded the basic refurbishment and upgrade in new floors, ceilings – the fundamentals,� she said.

�Now we need to raise funds to get the little things, the food processors, blenders, wooden spoons and knives that will really make the kitchen a place for learning new skills, sharing meals and communal eating.

�Many of the 100 Hampton Road residents who are involved in the project have told us our cooking program has given them community and togetherness and brought people out of their shell that haven�t worked or socialised for a while.

�For us, this is an incredibly important step in creating opportunities for inclusion, training and mentoring, and access to a healthy, wholesome meal.�

The crowdfunding for FORM will launch on August 3 at www.chuffed.org.

Visit www.form.net.au for more information.