Paul - Kilburn
"I started coming to Men’s Cooking at Abbey Road about a year ago, quite by chance. I saw an advert in the Camden Journal and thought ‘Why not? I’ll give it a go.’ I’d just lost my wife and was going through a difficult time and I was hoping to bond with people and take my mind off things.
The cooking appealed to me ‘cause it was something my wife had always been good at. I thought by taking the classes I might feel closer to her – and maybe learn some new skills too.
I’ve enjoyed the sessions and kept coming each week. I don’t know how much my cooking’s improved, but we’re all learning at about the same rate! I have to admit, I hadn’t first realised North London Cares was a separate thing from Abbey Road, but now that I do, I think it’s very valuable. We live in a fractured society and people like me have almost no contact with young people.
There’s almost a sense of family, for want of a better word, between the men who do the classes. You belong."