Abieyuwa’s Story – Southwark Rose Vouchers Project

Rose Vouchers have made a lot of difference to me. It made it easier for me to add fruit and vegetables to my food because going to the supermarket is quite expensive. Grapes, for example, from the supermarket are £1.75 a pack, but I can get 2 packs from East Street Market for £1.50.

With Rose Vouchers, you get to make a choice of fruit and vegetables. The kids get to go with me to get the fruit and vegetables, and they like to choose.

I don’t really make soup but using the vegetables from the market I started making soup using carrot, leek, celery and potato. I use some recipes I got from ‘Cook and Eat’ sessions at Crawford Children’s Centre.

Some of the sellers at the market are really nice, they don’t care what you get as long as you use the vouchers. I wasn’t really eating fruit and vegetables before the Rose Vouchers. With Rose Vouchers, I get the option of different fruit and vegetables, so my children can get more than their 5 a day. Since I’ve been getting the Rose Vouchers, we’ve been eating more fruit and veg.

My son, I didn’t start him on fruit and veg early, probably because I didn’t get enough awareness about it, so he was a bit fussy, but now he likes it. My youngest ones I started earlier, and they love it. With the second one, I was new to the country, so I thought I’ve got to try it if I’m going to give it to my child. Now, with all the awareness I have because of all the cookery courses, I got to taste them (I didn’t know them from my country – they were different), and I’m learning about the nutrients.

With the children, I’d rather have lots of fruit and veg in my house to snack on than crisps. On a Saturday they do karate, so before karate, they have lots of fruit because they need it. When they’re having their meals, I have lots of vegetables – I do my own salad, my own coleslaw, and I use lots of garlic and ginger now.

I’ve introduced lots of people to the Rose Vouchers project. And I’m glad they’re introducing it here in Camberwell now– it will help a lot of mums.”