The Community Kitchen
Over the past two years MRC North has, in partnership with the Inveresk Tavern, conducted the Community Kitchen. The project has been a resounding success providing opportunities for sharing food from diverse cultures and also for migrant community groups to raise funds for their community organisations.
Secondary benefits of the Community Kitchen have emanated from members of migrant groups broadening their social and support networks, raising cross-cultural awareness in the community, reducing social isolation and increasing social cohesion.
The six community groups involved are:
- Sudanese Community Launceston
- Filipino Women’s Group
- Sierra Leone Association
- Australian Bhutanese Society of Northern Tasmania
- Bhutanese Kirat/Buddhist Association Inc.
- (Afghan) Women’s Friendship Group.
During the past year attendances have been high with many groups selling out before the finish time. Community groups have reported raising much needed funds for their communities. The social connections, community and individual capacity building aspirations of the project have exceeded all expectations. The Community Kitchen won the City of Launceston Community Event of the Year as part of the Australian Day celebrations in 2017. The project gained well deserved recognition locally, nationally and internationally. It is envisaged that two new community groups will join the roster at the Inveresk Tavern in 2018.