Gio’s Community Kitchen

About Gio’s Italian Community Kitchen:

As our name, the ethos of Gio’s is to deliver to the best of our capabilities, related services to the local community. Our priority is to tackle and provide solutions to ever growing common problems such as below listed:

  • Awareness workshops related to unhealthy eating habits, a well known cause of many illnesses.
  • Isolation and discard of elderly people and disadvantaged families. By delivering fun learning activity luncheon clubs and delivering healthy meals for those with mobility problems.
  • To offer a friendly focal meeting point for the community, somewhere for all to meet up.
  • Long term training courses, for an opportunity to gain employment and life skills.
  • No barrier food workshops to encourage ethnic and social cohesion.
  • Our key onsite location allows us to relate to local people and thus create a long term bond of trustful friendship enabling us to deliver sustainable essential services.
  • A POP-UP facility to engage students and others wishing to pursue a career in the catering industry.
  • To deliver the Food & Hygiene Level 2 Certificate – For safe food handling code of conduct.
  • The possibility to set up as self employed, through training programs via Gio’s branding.

Program and workshop theme activities:

  • No barrier food workshops. (Open to ethnics minorities and people with disabilities).
  • Dementia Cafe’ – (Traditional dishes and bespoke product user friendly activities).
  • Vegetarian and Vegan menus with local bio-farm produce.
  • Food allergies & tolerance workshops.
  • Learning to cook on a low budget.
  • Cooking healthy meals with food bank produce.
  • Seasonal cakes making lesson.
  • Fitness workouts combined to healthy diet program.
  • Food allergies and tolerance workshops.
  • Food & Hygiene Certificate Level 2 – For safe food handling code of conduct.
  • Children cooking workshops.
  • Fresh Pasta making workshops for all.
  • Sourcing of good value for money produce.

Recent Statistics: Just take a moment to read through some alarming statistics. So please consider helping us however possible. It would be deeply appreciated by all.

  • The Ryecroft neighborhood suffers from severe multiple deprivation and is amongst the worst 5% in England.
  • The area has a younger age profile than Walsall borough overall.
  • Both male and female life expectancy is significantly lower than the Walsall average.
  • Socially rented housing is the highest out of all the Area Partnership areas – 44% compared with 27% borough average.
  • 1 in 4 working age adults (24.8%) aged 16‐64 are in receipt of an out‐of‐work benefit which is higher than the 17.8% in Walsall overall.
  • The average length of a JSA claim in North Walsall has doubled since the start of the economic downturn, from 15.4 weeks in March 2008 to 33.0 weeks in September 2012 suggesting that residents are finding it increasingly difficult to re‐enter the labour market.
  • 9.6% of young people aged 16 and 17 are classed as not in employment, education or training.
  • The number of pupils achieving 5 A*‐C GCSEs including maths and English is 43% compared to the Walsall average of 56%
  • 2 in 5 of all children in the area are living in poverty.
  • 90% of residents do not eat the recommended 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
  • 21% of residents undertake moderate activity for more than half an hour at a time, 5 or more times a week, better than the Walsall average of 16%
  • Crime in the area has dropped to an all-time low but there are more recorded crimes in the area than the Walsall average, mainly including criminal damage to vehicle, burglary and theft.
  • Multiple health issues of concern including Infant mortality, childhood obesity, prevention and early detection of long-term conditions, teenage pregnancy and respiratory mortality.

Please contact us for further information.