The College’s catering and hospitality department has teamed up to support local café, Pelham Kitchen, to provide meals for residents at Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) care homes.
The coronavirus crisis has caused many businesses to close their doors to the public, and Pelham Kitchen in Sherwood Rise, is one of them, but when NCHA approached café owner Rebecca England about the possibility of catering for some of their care homes, the decision was simple.
She said: “Being able to continue with my business whilst helping to support vulnerable people during this worrying time was an easy decision for me to make.
“Providing meals to these care homes is helping to alleviate the pressure on their care and support staff. It helps me to stay in business during the lockdown, and to continue to employ staff, and it helps them, because it’s one less thing that their care staff have to think about. It means they can concentrate on essential care rather than spending time in the kitchen.
“I’m really grateful to Nottingham College as they stepped in to provide the much needed cooking equipment I required to enable me to cook in larger quantities than usual.”
It’s so important to Nottingham College to support local businesses and our community when we can. Now more than ever is a time to pull together and help each other out. We’ve been able to provide a selection of cooking equipment, including several large pans and oven trays to Rebecca, and I’m just so pleased that we have been able to play a small part in helping these care homes.- Phil Tomlinson, Nottingham College Catering & Hospitality Manager