Gateway Community Care

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Gateway Community Care provides services for disadvantaged and marginalised people in Devonport and the surrounding communities. Gateway focuses on taking care of people by developing community partnerships and supporting Community Service Organisations which are already helping and caring for people doing great work in the community.

operates a community kitchen (Heavens Kitchen). They provide a dinner restaurant style meal for approximately 80 people each week, who pay a minimal amount for their meal or are supported financially to attend through a local community service organisation. A diverse range of people attend Heavens Kitchen from recovering drug addicts or alcoholics, single mums with children, elderly people living alone, people on disability pensions, people suffering mental illness and those who are lonely and isolated.

Heavens Kitchen endeavours to provide a safe, nurturing environment for people attending where they can enjoy good food and the company of others. Over time participants at Heavens Kitchen grow in confidence and then give back to community by becoming volunteers themselves at the Kitchen. There has also been an increased interest in cooking classes where participants are learning about the importance of good health, good food and how this impacts on their well-being.

The Tasmanian Community Fund provided funds to purchase and install a combination oven at Heavens Kitchen to enhance the effective delivery of low cost meals for the community.