Curry for a cause: Braintree Indian takeaway teaches Salvation Army residents the secret to curry success

published on 18 Mar 2019

Support workers and residents

Chefs from a Braintree Indian takeaway have volunteered their time to teach residents from The Salvation Army’s local Lifehouse how to make the perfect curry.

This week, head chef Hamid Uddin from The Ruby on Braintree High Street and son Mohim gave curry master classes at New Direction Lifehouse on Bocking End – a Salvation Army centre offering accommodation and support for people experiencing homelessness.

After observing Hamid make a classic chicken Bhuna curry, the residents were given ingredients and equipment so they could have a go and make their own.

Bob, a resident who took part in a masterclass, said: “It was superb and the best bit was eating the curry! It was kind of them to come and spend their time showing us how to do it.”

Mohim from the Ruby said: “We wanted to see how we could give back to the local community. We’ve been raising money for local charities and supporting local projects as part of our ‘Curry for a Cause’ campaign.

“We approached The Salvation Army to see if we could help residents of New Direction Lifehouse. As The Salvation Army is supporting people to develop life skills and get back on their feet we thought we could help with cooking.

“It’s been a lovely experience to meet the residents. The residents really got involved.”

Sharon Ralph, service manager at The Salvation Army’s New Direction Lifehouse, said: “We don’t just give homeless people shelter – we give them all the support they need to rebuild their lives, including housing advice and training in basic life skills. So when Hamid and Mohim from The Ruby reached out to us to offer cooking master classes we were so pleased.

“All too often people make sweeping judgements about people experiencing homelessness. The Salvation Army wants people to see the individual and recognise their potential. I know the curry master classes would have encouraged our residents by letting them know people do care.”

Mohim added: “A small gesture can make a big difference so I would encourage other local business to see how they can support local causes.”

In December, Braintree District Council launched its Change that Counts campaign to raise money for local homelessness projects including The Salvation Army’s New Direction Lifehouse and Hope House. To donate, please visit

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