Shared cooking can be great fun if you don't take yourselves too seriously.
This is part of a series about community. Growing and sustaining a community brings benefits to the participants, provides a means of personal development and builds hope and resilience. It can also smooth the path to build more liveable, life-fulfilling housing for people with very low and no incomes. For more on the series, try: Building More Housing By Strengthening Community
Deepa Gupta had just moved in to her new home in Melbourne, Australia when her building was surrounded fences and police as part of a COVID-19 lockdown Deepa was terrified. As a new resident, she had no community connections.
Enter Nagat Abdalla, a health concierge. Also locked down. Also looking for ways to strengthen connection between residents.
The outcome? Once lockdown lifted, there were picnics. And now there’s a cookbook. The residents are buoyed up by the success of their initiative. Read more at THE AGE: Kitchen connection: How a cookbook helped locked down public housing residents heal