Award-winning Meals on Wheels
Nottinghamshire County Council has just been crowned winners of the Meals on Wheels Award by the National Association of Care Caterers (NACC).
The prestigious annual awards recognise teams from across the care catering sector that demonstrate innovation, excellence and dedication in their field as well as creating real benefits for the people they cater for.
Since 1987, the County Council has produced meals from scratch using fresh and, whenever possible, locally sourced ingredients at a base in Worksop and delivered them across the county to older people and people with disabilities who live at home but are unable to prepare a meal for themselves. The production base, known as County Enterprise Foods, also offers employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
The County Council’s service continues to be a vital lifeline for many because it is more than just a meals service, it also helps people to stay independent in their homes and ensures they stay healthy and well nourished. Without such a service it is likely many of these residents would not have a proper meal each day, putting them at greater risk of needing a care home place in the long-term.
Delivery drivers are often the only friendly face some customers see each day. They also carry out ‘safe and well’ checks and will alert family members or the emergency services if a customer does not answer the door, has a fall or is feeling unwell. Drivers are also trained in scam busting to spot bogus workmen and intercept scam mail.
A recent customer survey showed that the vast majority of respondents feel better nourished, safer and more independent by using the service.
Meals on Wheels customer Gwendoline Harries from Mansfield said: “I’m 91 years of age, but I don’t feel it! My favourite dinner is beef and Yorkshire pudding. The meals help me to keep my independence. It’s more than just a meal.”
Councillor Tony Harper, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said “We are very proud of our service and how far we have come to improve the lives of older and vulnerable people in the county. We’d like to congratulate and thank all our amazing staff at County Enterprise Foods for continuing to deliver such an outstanding and valuable service.”
County Enterprise Foods provides over 3500 meals a week for customers across the county. The menu offers a choice of over 70 meals and people can choose either a frozen delivery or daily hot meals service. Find out more at www.countyenterprisefoods.co.uk