Milestones Trust

Setting a golden example

Amber & Gemma's story

We recognise that eating and enjoying great food is a vital ingredient in ensuring our residents have the best possible quality of life.

Amber, team leader
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Our residential home at 2a Court Road offers support for people with learning disabilities. The home has been recognised for their work in offering fresh, local and honest food by the Soil Association.

Team leader at the home, Amber, was there for the award hand-over and is incredibly proud of the staff and residents for achieving the status:

“We were awarded the Bronze level Food for Life Served Here honour back in 2016, and since then we have further improved our approach to good food. The gold award was presented to us in August 2017.

“We recognise that eating and enjoying great food is a vital ingredient in ensuring the people we support have the best possible quality of life.

“We now use only organic chicken, pork and beef mince, organic milk, sustainable fish and seasonal vegetables in our cooking. Everyone here is involved in planning the menu and sharing ideas, and we have also started growing vegetables in our garden.”

The award is an inspected scheme run by the Soil Association, which independently endorses the quality of food served in care homes as well as schools and other businesses. It is an honour to be recognised as one of the few establishments with a gold level award to their name.

The staff continue to promote this healthy achievement by running cooking sessions in the home. Every month a member of staff who has completed the Square Food course runs a workshop for fellow staff members to ensure they have the skills to cook healthy food from scratch. Another course which takes place is focused around the service users and allowing them to understand food health and safety and what the different utensils are in the kitchen.

Acting home manager Gemma says the residents are really enjoying this new initiative and it increases their independence when they get to plan and create their own meals.