CRASH HELPS: Edinburgh Cyrenians


Edinburgh Cyrenians’ Cook School, which supports people who are homeless, has been transformed thanks to the generosity and dedication of CRASH Patrons, led by A-Plant, Arcadis, British Gypsum, Buildbase, Dulux Trade and Mott Macdonald.

Prue Leith, famous restaurateur, opened the new kitchen:

I am delighted to open this superbly equipped Cook School and teaching kitchen and to see the enthusiasm of staff, volunteers and clients.’’

The Cook School, which is part of the charity Edinburgh Cyrenians’ Good Food Programme, runs cooking classes for people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.

The programme was developed in response to the fact that many homeless people are living in self-catered temporary accommodation with little skills and ability to cook and do not have the opportunity to eat and socialise together. The programme provides basic cooking skills, help with budgeting and shopping as well as advice on healthy eating’’ said Emma Veitch, Cyrenians Development Manager.

The programme also runs the FareShare Food Redistribution Project for Central and South East Scotland, delivering six tonnes of donated food a week to over 100 organisations supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Edinburgh Cyrenians applied to CRASH to help refurbish two warehouses, where they were running the Good Food Programme, to create a new eight person training kitchen and additional space for the project.

CRASH Patron companies, led by A-Plant, Arcadis, British Gypsum, Buildbase, Dulux Trade and Mott Macdonald, alongside CRASH supporters Altro, Heckmondwike, Howdens Joinery Co, Komfort Partitioning Solutions and Lucion Environmental came together and generously provided professional expertise and materials saving an incredible £64,176 and delivering a superb state of the art kitchen. CRASH added a grant of £37,989 bringing the total value of support to £102,165.

Ian Grimwade, Head of Business Development and Marketing at Cyrenians said:

CRASH coming on board really was an incredible boon for us with the development of the Cyrenians Cook School. There is no doubt in our minds that we would have been extremely challenged to deliver this project without the support, structure, relationships and discounted or donated services that were offered through CRASH.’’