Students cook up a treat for the elderly in Thornaby

April 18th 2017

On Friday 31 March 2017, Five Lamps Home Care working in partnership with Stockton Riverside College held a two course lunch at South Thornaby Community Centre.

As a Home Care provider, Five Lamps recognises that older people are particularly vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness owing to loss of friends and family, mobility or income and that this can have a significant detrimental effect on their health and wellbeing. The lunch provided an opportunity for older people to meet new people and enjoy a home cooked lunch by students from Stockton Riverside College.

Invitations were sent to all of Five Lamps Home Care service users, as well as local residents at Rochester Court, with transport provided. Overall the day was a success and there was over 15 service users, local residents and their families and friends who attended.

Stockton Riverside College students delivered an excellent service to the attendees and provided a two course home cooked meal which included a main meal of mince and dumplings and a dessert of ginger pudding and custard.

The students also provided a waiter service to ensure all of the service users were topped up on refreshments throughout the lunch.

Rachel Maughan, Five Lamps Registered Manager said;

“I am really proud of the students they are a credit to themselves and the college! It was great to see young and old enjoying each other’s company”

“One of Five Lamps Home Care’s key objectives is to reduce social isolation and loneliness. We pride ourselves on being a different kind of Home Care provider and as such, are well placed within the preventative agenda to offer a range of wrap around support to our service users. The lunch club is just the start of our wellbeing offer”

One of the attendees said;

“I’ve never had a meet and greet from any other care company, it was great to get out and to see the staff and other people, I will definitely come again”

Five Lamps Home Care would like to continue the success of the day and are looking to host a lunch club every Friday at South Thornaby Community Centre, Haviland Road, Thornaby, Stockton- on- Tees, TS17 9JG. If you would be interested in volunteering on the day with organising or cooking, please contact