Funding for new kitchen at Kettering-based mental health charity

By Mick Scrimshaw on May 3, 2015

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Labour Councillor Mick Scrimshaw secures funding to install new kitchen for Kettering based mental health charity.

A Kettering Labour councillor has secured funds from Northamptonshire County Council to help install a kitchen for a local charity, which provides therapeutic services for vulnerable people and supports them to achieve their goals.

The Teamwork Trust is a registered charity and an established social enterprise based in Kettering, which delivers a wide range of programmes for vulnerable adults who have short-term or enduring mental health issues, learning difficulties, physical disabilities.

Cllr Mick Scrimshaw (Lab, Northall) pledged £2,500 to help install the kitchen during a visit to the Trust with Rhea Keehn, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Kettering. Cllr Scrimshaw said

Teamwork is a local charity that works with vulnerable people in Kettering. They need a new kitchen to provide meals for their team members and staff, but also to run cookery courses for their members.

When I realised that they had purchased new kitchen equipment, but had no funding to install it, I was determined to help, so I agreed try and find funding to pay a contractor to set everything up.

Rhea Keehn said:

The Teamwork Trust and its members do an outstanding job. The role they play and the impact they have on the local residents is great, and is something we should celebrate in Kettering. I really enjoyed my visit and am thankful for the warm welcome I received.

I am very pleased that Cllr Scrimshaw has been able to find funding to help Teamwork install its new kitchen. It's always good to see our Labour councillors in action. The funding will be put to great use with Teamwork.

Samantha Farrow of the Teamwork Trust said:

It was great to welcome Cllr Scrimshaw and Rhea Keehn to Teamwork recently. We are extremely grateful to them for supporting our work.

The funding Cllr Scrimshaw has pledged will enable us to install a new kitchen complete with the building work necessary to create a serving hatch into our canteen area. This will provide a fit for purpose classroom in which to hold our home economics and cookery classes.

It will also mean we can offer hot lunches to our members and start a breakfast club.

Mick Scrimshaw is the Leader of the Labour Group at Kettering Borough Council, the Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance at Northamptonshire County Council. He has a public record of standing up for Kettering as a County Councillor for the Northall division in Kettering, Northants and since May 2015, a Borough Councillor for the William Knibb ward. He is a keen cyclist and also runs a family business with his wife.

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