Last week The Crumbs Project’s newly appointed Chairman, Peter Jones welcomed Dorset’s High Sheriff, Philip Warr and several other distinguished guests to enjoy a tour of the charities training facility and a delicious Italian inspired lunch prepared by Crumbs’ mixed ability trainees.
Based at its head office in Bournemouth, The Crumbs Project offers vocational training for adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues, or those recovering from stabilised addictions and brain injuries. Through a mix of practical skills training and work experience, trainees learn fundamental skills in catering, hospitality, administration and housekeeping.
Earlier this year The Crumbs Project appointed Peter Jones as the charities new Chairman, succeeding former Chairman of 9 years, Douglas Eyre. The showcase lunch was the first time Peter has hosted such an event on behalf of the charity to recognise the culinary talents of Crumbs’ trainees.
Distinguished guests to the Showcase lunch included, the High Sheriff of Dorset, Philip Warr, Bournemouth East Cliff Rotary Club President, Keith Randall and Managing Director of Green Fisher Digital Agency, Craig Thatcher. Guests enjoyed an Italian themed three-course lunch, which was designed by Crumbs trainee, Raymond, who has been studying catering at The Crumbs Project for two years. Supported by The Crumbs team and his peers, Raymond showed off his culinary skills by preparing and serving the meal on the day.
Commenting on the success of Raymond’s showcase lunch, Crumbs Chairman, Peter Jones said; “This has been a fantastic opportunity to recognize the progress our trainees are making on their journey to independence. Raymond has truly excelled himself- preparing a delicious menu that not only tasted great, but also challenged his capabilities. Crumbs is a unique charity and I am delighted in my new role as Chairman to welcome our guests and give them an insight into the work we do with vulnerable adults in our community.”
After lunch, guests took a tour of Crumbs’ professional training facility and saw the charities new state-of-the-art industrial food mixer, which was funded by Bournemouth East Cliff Rotary Club and a commemorative plaque donated by Councillor Nigel Hedges of Bourne Engraving. The new catering equipment will be used to prepare thousands of branded cupcakes to be handed out free of charge at Bournemouth Echo’s roadshow events throughout the year. All ingredients used to make the promotional cupcakes have also been kindly donated by national wholesale food provider, Bookers.
Commenting on his visit to the charities headquarters, the High Sheriff of Dorset, Philip Warr said; “It has been a humbling experience visiting The Crumbs Project to see the trainees in action- they have done a superb job at creating a delicious meal for us. I was also very impressed with the professional training facility here at Crumbs, which offers trainees the opportunity to learn within a commercial catering environment.”