My Week: Lucy Parkes cooks up some campaigns in Liverpool

The manager of Can Cook, Liverpool, recounts her week

Lucy Parkes
Lucy Parkes

MONDAY - Today begins with our cooked breakfast and monthly team meeting. Each week one of the team cooks and this week's volunteer makes it to number one on our breakfast leader board. We then get an update about what we're doing as a social enterprise to take advantage of new markets.

TUESDAY - I visit the Can Cook Cafe in Garston, Liverpool, to catch up with the team there. Then I head over to Liverpool Prison to finalise details for the launch of our Street Food Cafe, which will teach prisoners the skills needed for working in the food business. In the afternoon, I have a meeting with the company that sets up our inflatable cookery studio at festivals to plan ahead for the year.

WEDESDAY - Today, my focus is our Teaching Liverpool to Cook campaign - we're looking for £100 donations from businesses in return for teaching a member of their staff and three local children to cook. It involves making lots of phone calls and chasing after an empty shop space in the city that could be used as a pop-up kitchen.

THURDAY - I go to the studio early for a cookery team-building course and greet the unsuspecting guests. Then it's back to the office to fill in an application for funding to work with disadvantaged young people. In the meantime, the chefs ease the team-building group in gently with home-made scones before I return to introduce their challenge for the day - preparing three courses against the clock and each other. Then it's a bit more fundraising before it's time to present the team-building group with the results of their challenge and taste a bit of their tapas menu.

FRIDAY - The morning consists of meeting the director of a network of care homes to look into providing it with catering services and then showing him and some of his partners around the Can Cook Studio Cook School. Then it's back to the office for an afternoon of emails and paperwork before meeting a potential team member.

Can Cook is a community interest company that runs a number of food and training businesses.

Lucy Parkes is manager of Can Cook, Liverpool

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