Testimonials

"I liked doing Pulp Friction, it was good meeting new people. It was helpful for me and I got a new job."

—Scott Brown – Pulp Friction’s first volunteer!

"What a success! Since taking on the fruit area at DIG IN Community Allotment, Pulp Friction has worked tirelessly to tackle the weeds, shape up the growing space and plant in various fruits.All the hard work, dedication and creativity has paid off with a wonderful area to grow the fruit to then be used in the smoothies. It's great working with Pulp Friction- a great bunch of people."

—Kathy – DIG IN Volunteer

"The Smoothie Bar project is an excellent opportunity for young people/adults to increase their confidence and social skills. It is a fantastic concept and has loads of hidden benefits."

—Lisa Barker – Senior Manager Notts Clubs for Young People

I like doing Pulp Friction, I do cleaning and put the rubbish in the bin. It has given me more confidence.

—Jessie Carter-Kay, Director – Pulp Friction Smoothie Bar CIC

"I’ve been with Pulp Friction for a year now and when I first started I wanted to build my confidence skills up more by serving the customers. I go to local places and other locations too helping out with the pedal powered smoothie bar. The smoothie bar with a pedal bike is different to what I’ve seen before and when I saw it at the event last year I knew that’s what I wanted to help out on."

—Claire Swain

"Hi Jill Just a quick message to say thanks for yesterday. It was a brilliant experience for all of us and, we hope, for you. The weather got better later and we ended up staying until about 7.00pm. We reckon we ‘engaged’ with over 2000 in some way or other and gave away around 700 cakes, 100 balloons, 100 flowers and loads of sweet and other stuff (on top of all the smoothies you did)."

—Event visitor

"I'm just writing to say thank you for today! I was walking through Nottingham mid morning on a normal rainy overcast Saturday and came across you guys. I must admit my first instinct is to be on the defensive when people just approach me in the street and so when a guy offered me a smoothie I said no thanks and kept on walking, avoiding eye contact and only half listening really when he mentioned something about a 'random act of kindness' - so sure he would be selling or advertising something. But then half way down another street I bumped into two girls walking round the corner who offered me a free chocolate brownie, talking again of a 'random act of kindness' . This time I was slightly more prepared (plus I have to admit, it's pretty hard to ignore two attractive girls giving away chocolate brownies...). After a very brief chat checking whether I was allergic to anything they carried on down the road and I went my on my way with a smile on my face eating a brownie and thinking about what a strange morning this was. The whole encounter has certainly had me thinking for the rest of the day, and what a shame it is that genuine acts of kindness, like you were all involved in today, are so unusual these days that our first thoughts are often ones of suspicion. But thank you for making me think, and be open to the fact that there are good people out there and that we should all try a bit harder to be decent human beings to each other. So thanks to the two girls, to the cook that made those cakes and to the smoothie guy I ignored (sorry about that!). I certainly got more out of a morning shopping trip than I expected!"

—Jeff

"Jill, I wanted to especially say how impressed I was at your organisation and hard work and I heard many others remark on what an amazing person you are to have pulled off the event and I wanted to commend you for all the work you do. Thank you for a fantastic day."

—Jules, Hardeep Singh Kohli’s PA

"I no longer feel isolated as a parent of a disabled child. Pulp Friction provides friendship, a future, and it's so exciting! It is truly too much to put down in a few words."

—Farrah, mother of a member and volunteer

"Pulp Friction provides a service to the young people, and improves our skills as well by allowing us to interact with disabled members. It's great to make use of waste food as well. I don't know where Jill gets the time!"

—Ben, Procurement Department at the NFRS HQ

"Pulp Friction's presence in the canteen is mutually-beneficial; it means we come into the canteen to eat and chat instead of staying in our offices, and it supports the charity. Before they arrived, no-one ate in the canteen space. It's important for NFRS staff to talk directly with members as it gives them contact they wouldn't normally have. They provide healthy, home-cooked food for us, and we provide custom for the charity. It's a model that could definitely work elsewhere."

—Matthew, People and Organisational Development, NFRS HQ

"I learnt about chopping safely, handling money, cooking and using a coffee machine. I would like to be employed in a cafe. I've learnt a lot of skills with Pulp Friction, and enjoy working with Jill and all the other members. It's really good and fantastic what Jill does."

—Joey, member

"I really enjoy cooking for everyone. I have learnt about taking money, chopping food and remembering recipes. Performing is my favourite part, and I like cooking risotto and pasta. I like cooking and singing and making smoothies, but I don't like washing up!"

—Alex, member

"The firemen are lovely and like the food we cook. My favourite thing to cook is chicken curry. Jill is lovely, and Hannah and Dawn are too. Everyone is my best friend here."

—Chezelle, member

"Everyone is kind and helpful, and Jill and Dawn are lovely to work with. I've learnt chopping and kitchen skills from Tyler. I like cooking pasta and curry!"

—Adam, member

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