Our Social Mission
Rhyl Kitchen Classroom is a not-for-profit social enterprise and community interest company (C.I.C.). This is a special type of limited company which exists to benefit the community rather than private shareholders.
What Do We Offer?
We currently offer a variety of services and support to our local community - individuals, groups, micro businesses and food start-ups. These include:
- Free use of the kitchen by members of the school community.
- Free advice and use of the kitchen for food start-ups who are yet to begin profitable trading.
- Free food safety training when appropriate.
- Subsidised tickets for anyone joining our programme of workshops - currently priced at £10.
- Free resources to help people to grow and cook their own food, such as seeds, plants, recipes and sourdough starters.
- Free use of the kitchen for Camden Council to deliver healthy eating and nutrition workshops.
We are based in Rhyl Community Primary School. During the school day, we provide food education lessons for pupils. The school provides a budget to cover the cost of ingredients.
Outside of school hours, we receive no core funding and rely on generating our own income. Core operational costs include insurance, equipment maintenance, staff training, accountancy fees and annual membership of the nationwide caterers' association. We rely on a mixture of volunteer help and paid freelancers, to whom are committed to paying fair wages.
In order to generate income for our work, we have developed and rely on a variety of income streams. These include hiring out the building and the food garden and food sales to the local community. We also receive support from partnerships with companies such as Le Marché, one of London's leading greengrocers and catering supply companies.