Our story is simple.
We want to bring our community together and celebrate the diversity that exists in Smethwick, whilst creating opportunities for the local community.
Ballot Street Spice is a social enterprise, grown from Victoria Park Primary Academy’s, Spice Academy. A weekly after school spice club, where pupils and families from diverse backgrounds come together to learn, cook and share spice blend recipes.
Spice has a long standing social history; it’s wonderfully symbolic of traditions, tastes and different cultures. Since the 1950’s people have been arriving in Smethwick from around the world, creating a diverse tapestry of many languages, religions and cultures.
By celebrating diversity & cherishing old traditions, we want to bring people together through spice and share their spice stories before they are lost.
We are hot on the spice trail and on an adventure to unearth the traditional use of spices across the different cultures in Smethwick and we want to share these recipes with you.
Together we roast, grind and blend spices by hand to make original spice products. By buying our products you are helping us create employment for the local community and real learning for young people.
To learn more, contact, or even order our products, please visit ballotstreet.co.uk
Phone: 0121 558 8701
Collaborative Working with The Westminster Special Secondary School – Rowley Regis, Sandwell
On Thursday 24th June 2018, The Spice Ambassadors visited The Westminster Secondary School. It is a special school and the aim was for Ballot Street to discuss aspects of their social enterprise and to share topical information. This followed by Mrs Iqbal (Social Enterprise Lead) providing a visual demonstration of how to make spice omelettes and beans, using our famous Mrs Mahal’s Masala. The children then made the omelettes and spice beans supported by Ballot Street’s Spice Ambassadors. This supported the children from The Westminster School to build on life, communication and cooking skills. There was a great atmosphere among all the children who visibly enjoyed the session. Our Spice Ambassadors were so professional, understanding and supportive during the cooking activity and throughout the day.
Children at The Westminster School, will be starting a planting project which forms part of healthy eating. Coriander seeds were left for the children to plant and use in their cooking classes. Whilst addressing the children, we spoke about the pure ingredients in Ballot Street’s spices, which helped the the children to understand about choosing products which contain pure ingredients – promoting healthy eating and avoiding ‘e’ numbers and less healthy food choices.
The session proved a great success and promoted collaborative working between both schools. We look forward to working together again in the near future.
Mytime Active Sandwell – Ballot Street Bazaar, Spring 2017
Mytime Active is a Healthy Lifestyle Service delivered to parents by a range of health and fitness professionals. The group of approximately 12 mums, was set up following the first Ballot Street Bazaar, held at Victoria Park Primary Academy.
The programme is run over 14 weeks at the Academy. The sessions take place on Thursday afternoons from 1.30pm to 3.00pm. Participants share in a discussion about healthy eating and healthier lifestyles, they discuss the week’s weight losses and look at food diary sheets, suggesting positive weight loss outcomes, followed by a gentle exercise session.
Already the ladies have begun to see positive health benefits and weight loss!
Thursday 9th March 2017
Week 2 – This week the parents learnt about how varying your diet and using food from all the food groups, can lead to a much healthier diet. This proved a very informative and educational session for the parents. The mums expressed the satisfaction of using these sessions in building parental links with outside professionals, the school and each other.
Thursday 2nd March 2017
The group met for the first time. Introductions were made and experiences shared. The ladies discussed new regimes for healthy living and better food choices.