IN CONVERSATION :
Chris Nelms, Riverside Refugee Community Kitchen (In Street. Cardiff, Wales)
Chris Nelms and I talk briefly about the Riverside Refugee Community Kitchen and the Refugee Community Kitchen in Calais, to which it is linked.
JO: Sorry, what was your name?
CN: Chris … Chris Nelms … and it’s Riverside Refugee Community Kitchen.
JO: Riverside Refugee Community Kitchen. And that’s a local organisation?
CN: We link with RCK which is the Refugee Community Kitchen in Calais
CN: … so every penny that we raise here gets transferred straight away to the Calais kitchens …
JO: that’s brilliant …
CN: … to buy food for refugees …
JO: … and I’m talking to you in the Riverside Sunday Market at Cardiff
CN: that’s right. We’re here every Sunday from 10am to 2pm …
JO: and you’re selling plants ….
CN: Pat propagates all the plants, makes the crafts, and builds the stall, and I just talk. So, I do the easy bit. She does all the work and I do the easy bit.
JO: I don’t think that’s easy. You’re very good at it.
CN: It’s great. But it’s lovely, like a community, and we’re here every week, and so far, since last August, we’ve sent over £8,000 to Calais.
JO: … brilliant.
CN: … and [ ] we don’t have to pay for the stall and we get regular people who come to help us and contribute as well … they do help with sales and all kinds of things …
JO: great stuff
CN: and we’ve got a lovely network of very caring people around us
JO: they are out there, aren’t they?
CN: They are and there’s lots of us.
JO: soon, they’ll be putting their foot down …
CN: honestly … you know … the thing is love is quiet and compassionate … it’s hate is what shouts and makes a fuss … we just get on with it … you know
JO:well, I’m kind of hoping that good is going to drive out bad
CN: I think we all hope that and in the meantime, we’re just doing what we can
JO: great, thanks very much
CN: it’s a great pleasure …we meet the most wonderful people …