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Independence Project and Independence Clubs

Lifestyle & Social skills kitchen

This was a supply-only Freedom Kitchen project that Blaines have been involved with.

Independence Project and Independence Clubs

Independence Project and Independence Clubs work with children and young adults with special needs across Essex. They teach life skills and social skills. Helping people to achieve independence is always at the heart of what they do. Cooking is one of those activities that is so crucial to develop as an adult and to be able to lead an independent life. Therefore being able to prepare a meal is a fundamental life skill. It gives people confidence and when done as part of a group has the added bonus of building social skills as well.

The design brief for this project was to design and supply an accessible kitchen. The space would reflect what their clients might see at home and not become a clinical industrial kitchen.

Jeyes from Crocus Interior Design in Chelsmford came to Blaines via a recommendation and we were her closest Freedom design team. She had found Blaines via our dedicated consultant Adam Thomas and Freedom.

Jo came to us with some amazing ideas! Working closely with her and Adam we managed to get a kitchen design that was funky, on-trend, and most importantly on budget.  The finished kitchen was two contrasting colours an Urban Mat White and Matt Dark Walnut, these two colours are mixed perfectly with the Aged Copper work

The Visit

We tried to make the process as easy as possible for Jo and for the Centre. Chelmsford and Swaffham are not that close to each other! Therefore Jo came to our fully functioning accessible kitchen display showroom to get some hands-on experience with how Freedom worked. Furthermore, we then asked Freedom to send 4 samples directly to Jo so she could show Andrew (The Independence Project Director) the proposed colour scheme.

Following the visit thought and time went into taking Jo’s ideas and ensuring that were able to be turned into a fully accessible kitchen. Slide and Hide ovens were used with a pull-out heat-proof tray. The rise and fall worktop was fitted 90 degrees to the ovens so that a wheelchair user would be able to safely move food from the oven to the worktop. The user would therefore still have enough accessible legroom.


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