Jam and chut­ney hold key to find­ing work

The Church of England - - News - By Amaris Cole

JAM and chut­ney cooked in a church kitchen could mean the end to long-term un­em­ploy­ment for some Lon­don­ers.

A so­cial en­ter­prise scheme, started by Mau­rice Cum­ber in Crouch End, is work­ing to raise con­fi­dence and em­ploy­ment skills by sell­ing these jars to raise money for res­i­dents to put on their own pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion.

Ac­cu­mul8 grew from the res­i­dents at the North Lon­don YMCA want­ing to move for­ward with their lives.

Lo­cal people have do­nated fruit and veg­eta­bles to kick-start the scheme with pro­duce from their al­lot­ments, back gar­dens and veg­etable patches.

The group take these do­na­tions to the Church of the Holy In­no­cents to make chut­ney and jams, de­spite them bat­tling poor men­tal health, sub­stance abuse and of­ten deal­ing with the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

De­spite the chal­lenges, a morn­ing spent mak­ing chut­ney quickly be­came pop­u­lar. Garfield, aged 26, said: “Its the high­light of my week.

“It makes a change to watch­ing TV, vis­it­ing the dole of­fice or just hang­ing out at the YMCA day in day out.”

An ini­tial grant was given to Ac­cu­mul8 by the New North Lon­don Syn­a­gogue So­cial Ac­tion Project to help fund the la­bels and ini­tial costs of hav­ing a stall at lo­cal craft fairs.

As the Syn­a­gogue be­came more in­volved, more fruit was col­lected from the con­gre­ga­tion and links were sub­se­quently forged be­tween two dif­fer­ent faiths and two very dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties.

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