Rich food culture enhanced through safety training

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Londonderry community relations officer, Sue Divin, says the city’s black and ethnic minority communities enhanced their already strong capacity for enriching the North West’s food offering by undertaking council-supported food safety training.

Ms Divin, Good Relations Strategy in Derry City and Strabane District Council, said: “Many local community groups of all kinds in our council area have amazing volunteers providing food at their community events.

“Our local Black and Minority Ethnic groups are already very skilled in this area and identified recently through our NW Strategic Forum that they wanted to further build the capacity of more of their volunteers with accredited training in food safety to ensure maximum quality for ‘in-house’ catering at any relevant events.

“We were delighted to be able to support this initiative under our Good Relations Strategy in Derry City and Strabane District Council.”

Twenty-four individuals from migrant and minority ethnic backgrounds celebrated their achievement of Level 2 Award in Food Safety on Saturday in an initiative by Derry City and Strabane District Council’s NW Black and Minority Ethnic Forum.

Members of the Punjabi Cultural Group, the NW Japanese Cultural Group, Kabalikat NW Filipino Group, the Kerala Association (Indian Grouping), Sai Pak (Chinese Group), and the NW Migrants Forum were delighted to receive certificates for completing their training course.

Organised by council’s Good Relations team through the NW Black and Minority Ethnic Forum, the 1 day course aimed to support volunteers and committee members of local minority ethnic community groups further build their capacity in delivering catering from around the world.