But Rose Cottage is not only a location for the Bath Foodbank. It is also a Community Centre and Café. And earlier this year the garden was redeveloped for the benefit of the local community. We spoke to Nathan Gale, Community Coordinator at Rose Cottage, to find out more.
“I’ve been in Twerton since 1990, a lot has changed in that time! I’ve been coming to St Michael’s for 8 years, and I’ve led Rose Cottage for the past 5 years”.
“We’re here for the community, it’s designed as a home from home. It’s not just about feeding people food, it’s about feeding the soul”.
But recently Rose Cottage was in need of investment.
“The garden was in a terrible state. There was no money, no vision, and no plan. We were looking for a miracle really”.
That miracle came in the form of a £7000 grant from the St John’s Foundation. A further £3000 was raised from the community, including a substantial donation from the council.
“Having that money totally transformed what we were able to provide. Not only is the garden much more child friendly but we’ve also started taking bookings, and inviting organisations like Timebank and Virgin Care to do community classes”.
One of the benefits of a child-friendly garden is a new initiative called Family Fridays. Opening after school between 3-6pm, the project provides food, faith-based activities and games to children and their families.
“Family Fridays has been very popular. We’ve had people come from across Bath and even further afield like Radstock”.
Nathan hopes to build on the success of the redevelopment in the future.
“We currently have somebody doing a 14-month course as ‘Practitioner Chef’, and we’d like to expand apprenticeship opportunities. We’d also like to open every day”.
For foodbank and café opening times at Rose Cottage, click here.
To find out about the latest activities taking place at Rose Cottage, find them on Facebook.