Christina Ayinke Omideyi

2016 - Regional Winner

Social Impact Award - Sponsored by the Workers' Educational Association (WEA)

Christina is a practicing barrister and organiser of a charity that helps adults with mental health issues and homelessness, who decided to take part in a cookery course so that she could use her skills to help others.

The charity, Fareshare UK, offered “Cook and Eat” classes to provide basic cookery skills to people in receipt of food parcels. When they supported Christina’s charity, the OK Foundation, she realised that with a more professional cookery qualification, she could, in turn, help others.

Despite being at retirement age and already packing a hefty work schedule, Christina attended Waltham Forest College for evening classes, including the theory sessions, constructively questioning, taking part and supporting less able learners on the course.

The NVQ Level 2 course not only gave Christina her professional qualification in kitchen and larder cookery but also the culinary skills to empower vulnerable adults living on a low budget to eat healthy, well balanced meals to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

Christina says: My family is also deriving a great benefit from this learning as our family diet has improved tremendously and we get a lot of satisfaction from experimenting with my new skills. We also save a lot of money using up leftover ingredients which otherwise would have gone to waste.”

She is hoping to secure funding to run the “Cook and Eat” courses on an ongoing basis with vulnerable learners in Tottenham.