Ross was staying in a homeless hostel following some time spent in prison. Whilst living in the hostel, his support worker told him about Cyrenians cooking classes, and Ross came along to learn some basic cooking skills. He found the course really useful as he hadn’t ever had to prepare meals for himself previously – his mum had cooked for him whilst he’d lived at home, then he’d been in prison, and then in the hostel. He gained his food hygiene and cooking certificates from the course which gave his confidence a boost. Now that Ross is living independently, knowing how to cook for himself is really valuable, and he still makes some of the recipes he learnt on the course.
A couple of years after the cooking course, Ross’s mum started coming to one of Cyrenians Community Cook Clubs. These clubs are open to anyone who wants to come along, and people help to prepare the meal and then enjoy eating together. Ross’s mum invited him to come along too, and Ross found the club a great activity to do with his mum and a nice way to spend time with her.
Ross has an interview later this week with a care work agency. We wish him all the best and thank him for sharing his story with us!