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Welcome to Lily’s

Making training and work possible through great food and community

Lily’s Social Kitchen is a Not-For-Profit Organisation

Our ambition is to find permanent work for everyone who trains with us. You can help by becoming a Friend of Lily’s.


By clicking the button below and donating as little as £5 a month you’ll…

Check out some of the great food, designed by our chef Andy and prepared by the people who work in our kitchen.

We can’t wait to see you!

P.S… We’re Dog Friendly!

We launched Lily’s Kitchen because we wanted to find a way of creating opportunities for people from all walks of life to access work and training. We wanted to challenge the idea work and training are only available for some us. We wanted to use our love of food, community and the environment to feed into our ambitions. This is how Lily’s became a community.

What We Offer

Professional catering for events, parties and weddings.

The Hub Café next to Canterbury Baptist Church is a joint venture with the Church – we have a café, lots of space for groups and a community fridge for tops ups when you need them. At the Hub we have a pay-as-you-feel system.

Pay it forward – you can buy a hot meal, sandwich, or drink for a homeless person when you buy something from us.

All our activities are populated by a community of trainees, apprentices and volunteers.

Our bistro in Canterbury City Centre serves breakfast, lunch and cake, plus we have a licensed bar. Its also available for rental.

Deliveries – order from our delivery menu and we can deliver (Thursdays and Fridays) or arrange for you to pick up at the Hub Café.

Seasonal Recipe Kits – Our seasonal recipe kits come with measured out ingredients and full instructions so you can enjoy fuss-free, tasty dishes at home.

Cooking lessons – we do this for pre-schoolers as well as others who want to improve their skills.


We are still taking orders for food deliveries, parties, cakes and food parcels.

For more information on our other sessions either look on our Facebook page, or get in touch!

Lily’s Community

We are supported by many different organisations who have been a huge help in the development of Lily’s over the past few years.

A huge thank you to all
those involved!
We work with Porchlight by offering work experience to their service users so that when they choose to go into employment, they have had some genuine work experience.

Bemix work with local communities so that people with learning difficulties become fully included and no longer segregated. We work closely with Bemix to provide opportunities for vulnerable people to gain work experience and valuable employability skills.

Shaw Trust is a charity who help people gain an education, enter work, develop their career, improve their wellbeing or rebuild their lives. They also work with businesses to help recruit the best staff, for free, and to make the companies more accessible.
FareShare is the UK’s Natinoal network of charitable food redistributors.. Together, they take good quality surplus food from right across the food industry and get it to almost 11,000 frontline charities and community groups.

Lily’s Sponsors

We couldn’t do what we do, without your donations and support.

Thank you all so much!
Website designed and developed by Verrier.

Become a Friend of Lily’s

By clicking the link below and donating as little as £5 a month you’ll become a Friend Of Lily’s.

If you’d like to donate or sponsor a trainee but want to chat first, please contact us at

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