Tell us a little about yourself

I trained as an actor/teacher and then spent 10 years in the theatre in and around Manchester. From there I worked as a lecturer in performing arts and a drama teacher before finishing off my teaching career as a SEN teaching assistant.

Why did you decide to volunteer with Food etc?

I saw a Facebook post about Food etc by our local MP, Mohammad Yasin, and thought that sounds just the ticket!

What do you enjoy most about working with Food etc?

Working alongside people and sharing their food that they’ve made is really good.

Have you had any challenges?

We have to adapt what we cook and how we show people how to do it to accommodate very varied skill levels, but that’s all part of the fun.

What would you say to someone considering volunteering with Food etc?

Sharing your enthusiasm for food with people who may be struggling a bit is immensely rewarding.

What’s your go to healthy meal – inspire us?

Most homemade food using fresh ingredients is almost always healthy but for me something like a red lentil tarka dal (with lots of garlic and chilli!!), a proper mint raita and some wholemeal chapati would fit the bill.