What do the designer of the Mini, Henry Kissinger and Albert Einstein have in common? They were all refugees.
Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre’s housing project houses up to 35 residents who are a mixture of refugees, migrants and destitute asylum seekers. Thanks to funding from housing associations Orbit Heart of England and Whitefriars Housing, the Centre set up a cooking group for the residents and local neighbours.
The aim of the ‘Neighbours and Nations Cooking Group’ is to enable the tenants and local neighbours to learn new skills, gain a qualification in food hygiene to help their employment prospects and to make new friends and help integrate into the local community.
Bhopinder Basi, Chief Executive of Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, said “The charity is part of Coventry, city of peace and reconciliation. We celebrate with many faiths, secular and community groups the possibilities for strong, healthy and prosperous communities. Cooking and sharing each other’s food remind us that we are the home of fish and chips but also chicken tikka. The project is another opportunity for newcomers to become Coventrians, giving and receiving the gift of peace and reconciliation.”