Community Development

Funding level: $50,000 to $100,000

Description

Helping Hands is a program to provide valuable job training skills and transitional support services to underserved, marginalized, and low-income individuals in Victoria, British Columbia. It uses Victoria's growing season and Farm to Table culinary culture to nourish the community, connect to the land, and create opportunities for employment. With support from the Aviva Community Fund the Helping Hands program grants free scholarships for eligible participants to enter a 6 month job training program in: Landscaping/Food Production or Food Services/Cooking.

The Landscaping/Food Producer Job Training Program requires the successful completion of a 6 month course including 60 hours of garden work and 6 workshops taught by leading experts during our growing season. These workshops include:

Safety: Using Tools, Best Practices, First Aid Certification
Creating Healthy Soil: Sheet Mulching, Composting, Cover cropping
Landscape Maintenance: Pruning, Irrigation, Companion Planting, Weeding
Gardening Techniques: Sowing, Container Gardening, Food Production
Preservation practices: Seed Saving, Storage, Pests
Planting with the Seasons, Fruit Picking, and Processing

Participants work with our Garden Lead and Garden Program to create a culture of learning and teaching. While they expand their knowledge they expand the gardens operations, doubling its production, and help fulfill the Shelbourne Community Kitchen's mission--to provide food security in a supportive community.

Participants are required to showcase what they learn by "growing a row" in our garden. Photos will be taken and their achievements will be documented in a personal portfolio for future job applications. The Program will culminate in a resume building class which will provide a letter of reference.

The Landscaping/Food Producer Program is a 6 month course running 1 time per year over a two year period. It is open to 10 participants.

The Food Service/Cook Job Training Program requires the successful completion of a 6 month course, 60 hours in the kitchen, and attending 6 workshops as well as FoodSafe Level 1 and First Aid Certification. The workshops include:

Foundations of soups, sauces and stocks
Meat
Grains and Vegetables
Baking
Preservation techniques
Basic nutrition and dietary accommodations

All participants receive training about the foundations of cooking as well as best practices for entry level cooks or food services employees. This includes knife skills, safe food handling practices, staying organized and working efficiently.

Central to the Food Services/Cook Program is the focus on nutrition, reducing food waste, and supporting local food systems. Seasonal, local ingredients are sourced through our gardens, fruit picking initiatives and food reclamation partnerships with grocers and organizations. Each participant is required to design and create a menu to be executed by a team of cooks. Positions rotate in the kitchen learning valuable interpersonal skills and gaining experience in various positions. Participants are required to plan and facilitate 1 cooking class on a culinary theme of their choosing.

The Food Services/Cook Program is a 6 month course runs 1 times per year over a 2 year period. It is open to 10 participants.

Photos will be taken and their cooking class will be documented in a personal portfolio (meal plans, recipes, etc) for future job applications. The Job Training Program will culminate in a resume building class which will provide participants with a letter of reference.

Broker supported
FAIRWAY INSURANCE SERVICES INC

Shelbourne Community Kitchen

Location: Victoria

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