The Manchester College Are Raising Awareness for World AIDS Day

Level 2 & 3 Technical Patisserie students at The Manchester College are raising awareness for World AIDS Day which is on Tuesday 1st December 2020. Inspired by course tutor Mark Cooper the students are making a series of delicacies and pastries that will be auctioned off to raise money for local charity – The George House Trust.

Mark told The Chefs’ Forum why it was so important for students to see and react to the world they are living in and to use their skills for charitable purposes:

“As an educator we wear many hats from being a teacher, a mentor, even a role model,” he said. “But most of all we are  people who listen as well as guiding and it is important that we prepare all students in what they choose to do after attending their courses.

“In my opinion, an area that needs more awareness is mental health. Especially in these times of lockdown. In particular, the hidden disabilities such as HIV. Many people are affected by HIV and due to stigma sometimes don’t ask for help and instead go on silently suffering. As a result their mental health suffers.

“We teach equality in the workplace to our students. Everyone, no matter who they are or what they believe, should be treated the same no matter what they are suffering with. People can, and do, live normal lives and have stable relationships whilst suffering with HIV.

“But, that is not the point. More support needs to be offered to those who are struggling and they need to know that they can quite easily talk to a manager or tutor without repercussions.

“I’m really proud of my students on the level 2 and 3 Technical Patisserie course here at The Manchester College. They have got behind this initiative and would like to raise awareness for *World Aids Day Tuesday 1st December* by making Red Ribbon Butter Cookies to sell as well as auctioning off a Luxury Christmas Goodies Hamper which was all made in-house. It contains: Stollen, Chocolates, Chocolate Bars, Truffles, Yule Log, Mince Pies, Gingerbread house, Cookies and a Panatone..

“The auction has started with a bid of £20 and this will end on 12noon Monday 14th December. All proceeds will be going to the *George House Trust*  who support, guide and mentor people who suffer with HIV from all around the North West. Let’s raise awareness and get that much needed support out there. “