On Wednesday 1 August, Jenny Gilruth MSP visited The Sunshine Kitchen at their facilities in the Rothes Halls to meet with team members and discuss their project.
The Sunshine Kitchen, which moved to Glenrothes in 2021, was set up in Cupar three years ago and offers young adults with lifelong neurological conditions a safe space to learn how make food to sell at local markets and events.
The project emphasises using local produce as well as providing catering services to other groups and supplying a café with regular deliveries of soup and bread.
Commenting, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:
“It was brilliant to head along to The Sunshine Kitchen to meet with Gayle and the team to see their hard work and dedication first-hand. The young adults involved are passionate about their project and this really shines through when they taught me more about their new skills.
The Sunshine Kitchen is a wonderful organisation within the constituency for young people with neurological conditions to have their own space to develop their culinary talents, with wider opportunities for them with their finished products. The team are fantastic, and it was a pleasure to meet and learn with them all”
Gayle Nelson, Organiser of The Sunshine Kitchen, also said:
“Through promoting independence and a sense of achievement, The Sunshine Kitchen makes a real difference in the lives of its young people, who benefit from the opportunity to work and who thrive in a peer group context.
This in turn has a valuable impact on the wider community, supporting families when their young people transition out of education and leading by example in showing what these young people are really capable of, despite the challenges they face.”