The Kindred Spirit Global is a Community Interest Company based in Sunderland.
The founders and members are from Afro-Caribbean extraction resident in and around Sunderland. Our mission is to support the Public health agenda of the Sunderland City Council with the delivery of a series of ‘people centred’ initiatives and projects, that would prevent, tackle, manage and reduce identified social problems .
Our priority varies between time. For the 2014-2016, our priority is to focus on encouraging healthy eating and tackling issues of obesity through nutritious eating and exercises. This issue offer serious challenges to our target group. In subsequent years we will be addressing other issues such as alcohol abuse and teenage pregnancy amongst others.
Obesity is prevalent in Sunderland and several studies have shown that obesity is difficult to treat; it therefore becomes imperative that more public health efforts need to be directed towards the adoption of a behavioural pattern that will prevent obesity.
Poor quality diet, especially from the growing fast food shops are a major cause of mortality and disability worldwide. In order to stem this prevalence, our activities offers practical solutions to prevent, manage and reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity in order to improve the health outcome of our younger population. Our activities promote nutritious healthy eating, fitness and voluntary weight loss using a family centred approach. This is with the aim of overcoming the risk factors and other problems associated with obesity.
We sell and promote fresh foods from our shop. The Afro Caribbean Place. A business that started with an individual grant of £3000 award by Unltd in 2007 and have now grown into an Afro-Caribbean fresh food shop with a history of positive cash generation.
We do organise, at periodic intervals, cookery lessons. where we teach attendees the skill of cooking their own meals from a variety of fresh produce from the Afro Caribbean cuisine. They agreed it was simple, tastier, and healthier. This is complemented with enlightenment programmes that highlights the benefits of cooking your own meals and the consequences of a reliance on cheap but high profit, low nutrient and high calories fast foods available at every street corner shop especially in low income neighbourhood.