Empower to Cook CIC, High Wycombe

Set up in 2014 by professional chef and qualified teacher Michael Brown, Empower to Cook CIC uses food education to support vulnerable communities.

Through workshops in schools and communities, as well as private and corporate classes, the social enterprise helps develop life skills, builds confidence and improves physical and mental well-being of young people, families and communities.

Growing from strength to strength but with limited resources and Michael’s disability of ADHD and dyscalculia, the organisation identified a need for an experienced bookkeeper to join the team on a volunteer basis in 2017.

Having contacted local accountancy firms for some pro bono support, Michael attended a free, one-to-one advice session with Community Impact Bucks and took up the suggestion of registering with Reach Volunteering, the online national database for skilled volunteers.

Within days of posting the bookkeeper role on Reach Volunteering, Michael had received a reply from a local Bucks resident who was a qualified accountant and, through her previous senior position at Santander, was familiar with the Buy Social Corporate Challenge scheme set up by Social Enterprise UK.

“Our new volunteer book keeper is proving to be invaluable and sorting us out, once and for all. Absolutely transformational!” Michael Brown, Founding Director, Empower to Cook CIC.

Quotes from Empower to Cook’s customers:
I loved it and (my son) loved it. I’ve never seen (my son) so eager to do something – at home he tends to shut himself down, he is being bullied at school. I’ve tried to do it with him but it is mostly me that does it (cooks). My son and I are closer now.” Empower to Cook CIC community attendee.

I am fully convinced of the substantial merits all our school community garners from these sessions and as a School Governor I hope to spread this message to more schools. The positive impact of such sessions on our whole school community cannot be overestimated”. Ian Peart, Governor/teacher Chiltern Wood School.

For more information on volunteering or further information at Empower to Cook CIC, please get in touch. Tel 07799 734258 or email info@empowertocook.co.uk .

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