Funded Food Hygiene Certificate

We now have a variety of fully funded courses for people who qualify. Food Hygiene Level 1 and 2 are some of the certificates available here. We decided it was a great idea to offer different vocational certificates for people in need. This means people can gain qualifications and find truly sustainable employment. Our funded Food Hygiene Certificate is a great way to get off the streets and into work.

The Back Kitchen Project was set up by us here at LHFC and funded by Workers Educational Association.

The main aim of the project was to support people experiencing homelessness to move towards employment, further training or volunteering. We encourage learning techniques for

  • managing stress,
  • building up their self-esteem and confidence
  • developing practical catering skills
  • gaining qualifications in Basic food preparation and food hygiene
  • opportunities for work experience on our catering pod the ‘Back kitchen’
  • signposting to other relevant services & opportunities

The programme was delivered over one day a week for 10 weeks. We ran 3 programmes over 12 months. We engaged with 30 learners from diverse backgrounds and with wide-ranging needs.

Each week the learners were greeted by Eve Lynch from Positivity Inc ( who delivered her well- being sessions which focused on improving mental health and psychological well-being, developing skills and techniques to enable them to cope better with the stresses of their everyday lives. Activities and topics included:

  • mindfulness,
  • yoga,
  • aromatherapy
  • creativity
  • anger management

After breakfast they started working towards gaining a certificate in Basic Food Preparation & Cooking, and a Health and Hygiene Certificate. The Learners cooked a range of food including homemade soups, curry and rice, pasta dishes and freshly baked cakes. All food prepared was shared out at the end of the day for the learners to take away for their evening meal.

They also visited the classroom where they learned about the basic rules and regulations of the catering industry. There was also an element of practical work experience on the Back Kitchen. Our catering pod setup at one of the community events, this helped with developing skills such as team building, co-operative working, communication and customer relations.

What's in the Programme

During the 10 week programme all participants were able to access a holistic range of support around

  • housing,
  • welfare benefits
  • health issues

The project proved a huge success and we are seeking opportunities and funding which will enable us to set up a long term project to benefit more people.

How to Apply

Do you know someone who may benefit from this? The best thing you can do is ask them to give us a call. If they are unable to then you can do it yourself and we will explain what you need to do next. Our telephone number is 0151 237 3986 or you can fill in the contact form available here on our website. We are committed to helping the homeless on Merseyside so if you have any questions regarding this then please do drop us a line.

What People Say Who've Qualified

Just in case you're not sure, here is a quick word from a couple of people who have finished their food hygiene certificate.

LG aged 32 “I can’t believe I passed, especially when I can’t concentrate properly. It’s all down to you lot, you all make me laugh and make me feel good. Your support means a lot. “

V.C aged 28 “From the minute I walked into my first cookery session I knew it was special. The atmosphere and friendliness is boss and makes me feel so welcome. I have my plan now, to go and work in the family business and just get back to being normal.”