Flavour for our Future
Earlier this year five participants from RISE Exeter, East and Mid Devon took part in the innovative ‘Flavour for our Future’ initiative ran at The Old Dairy on Trill Farm in Axminster.
The ten week pilot programme, devised by Chris Onions – Trill’s Chef and owner of The Old Dairy, brought together the RISE participants who were in early recovery from problematic drug and alcohol use, for twice weekly sessions. The course consisted of an introduction to and development of a wide range of pro-social values, skills and attitudes. These included team building/bonding, nutritional organic food preparation/cookery, foraging for wild ingredients, horticulture, bush craft and fire building, animal husbandry, fish filleting, planting and potting, soap making and self-esteem building. Alongside this the programme aimed to provide an informal but supportive space, away from usual routines, for the participants to relax, build confidence and meet others. The programme culminated with participants preparing and delivering an extensive organic menu for over 40 guests.
To explore the impact of the programme a report has been written which confirms that the programme, offered to RISE Exeter, East and Mid Devon service users, addresses the gap in accessibility to good food for people who need it the most. Through providing structure, purpose and meaning in a supportive environment helped participants develop their own resilience and self-reliance.