Our Story

Heart & Parcel was founded in Manchester in 2015 to bring women from communities together by making dumplings and developing ESOL skills.

Heart & Parcel was founded in Manchester in 2015 by Clare Courtney and Karolina Koscien, two friends with a love of food and the connections and relationships surrounding it. 

We support women from ethnic minority communities around Greater Manchester to develop their English language (ESOL) and communication skills by coming together to cook dishes from around the world, sharing recipes, stories, experiences and connections.

In addition to regular classes, we have run over 56 fundraising public food events such as supper clubs, markets, catering, private workshops and online sessions as learning networking platforms for our participants to connect and practise their skills developed from our unique sessions. We raise awareness of the need for providing empowerment, language, learning and community for women through our self-published collaborative cookbook working with participants to share recipes and stories from their communities, cultures and lives.

Throughout the years we have run 129 ESOL & Cooking sessions, worked with over 582 women and girls, and partnered with like-minded organisations and individuals including Refugee Action, Boaz Trust, GMAIU and Medaille trust. We have grown into a family of dedicated and talented women, welcoming over 154 volunteers all with a diverse skill set which shapes and forms what Heart & Parcel is.  

Our work is rooted deeply in research surrounding ESOL, English language provision, policy, migration, identity and arts-based practices. We attend a number of conferences, presentations and discussions to share best practices in our work.

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