Feed yourself not the bin!

Martin McLoughlin from Wigan Warriors Community Project, Trish Green from The Brick, Ann Fairhurst from Wigan Parish Church, chef Martin Banks, Mike Werden from Wigan Warriors Community Project, Shirley Southworth and Katy Southworth from Food Positive and Michelle Rimmer from Partners Foundation
Martin McLoughlin from Wigan Warriors Community Project, Trish Green from The Brick, Ann Fairhurst from Wigan Parish Church, chef Martin Banks, Mike Werden from Wigan Warriors Community Project, Shirley Southworth and Katy Southworth from Food Positive and Michelle Rimmer from Partners Foundation

WASTE not want not is a popular adage and is the mantra of a new scheme which opens in town tomorrow.

Fur Clemt, which means ‘very hungry’ in local dialect, has teamed up with Wigan Warriors Community Foundation, at Central Park, in Montrose Avenue, Norley Hall, to house its kitchen services there.

The scheme, which also includes The Brick, Food Positive, Transforming Wigan and Wigan and Leigh Homes, is based on the Real Junk Food Project uses food which would be thrown away by supermarkets to create a nutritional meal on a pay as you feel basis.

It will be launched at Wigan Warriors Community Foundation tomorrow.

Ann Fairhurst, who came up with the initiative, said: “Last summer, Fur Clemt teamed up with Wigan Parish Church, The Brick and Food Positive to form a cafe for a month using food from Sainsbury’s that was on its sell by date. We then we cooked meals, selling it on a donation basis.

“We were inspired by a national project Real Junk Food Project where it focused on feeding bellies not bins.

“Now we are offering a permanent cafe in Montrose Avenue. We are hoping to reach as many people living nearby and also link with the services in the Wigan Warriors Community Foundation.

“We will be sending our figures to the Real Junk Food Project so it can analyse our service.”

The cafe is just one element of a launch of new services at Wigan Warriors Community Foundation, in partnership with Wigan and Leigh Homes, aimed at improving the quality of people’s lives.

This includes weekly IT skills sessions; workshops to improve people’s awareness of energy use and their carbon footprint; a community garden, growing fruit and vegetables; weekly cookery sessions with Food Positive; physical activities, get fit, lose weight and stop smoking sessions; employability workshops helping to improve literacy or numeracy skills and money saving tips and advice on credit unions.

The Fur Clemt cafe is looking for volunteers to help out during the week.

To get involved e-mail community@wiganwarriors.com and mark it for the attention of Fur Clemt.

It will remain open weekdays from 10am until 2pm.