We have high quality, “five-star” catering facilities at all three of our sites. The facilities at King Cross and Clare Road have been designed by our Catering Manager specifically to meet the requirement of the provision. We share the kitchen at Clay House with the council services.
All the essential facilities that you would expect are provided and we have a selection of switches enabling many of the Next Steppers to operate a variety of equipment. We take careful consideration of all dietary requirements, tailoring our meals specifically, and we have the highest food hygiene rating possible from the Food Standards Agency.
There is always a friendly communal atmosphere, and Next Steppers are encouraged to be involved in many aspects of the day to day running of the kitchen area, from food preparation skills, food hygiene awareness, healthy eating, helping to serve food at lunch times, and even washing up! And many carry these skills through to their home environment too.
The kitchen area is also very popular for Next Steppers to enjoy creative and sensory baking which they can then share with their friends and family. Everything is carried out under appropriate supervision and we have regular staff training on all aspects of food hygiene and safety.
The Catering facility is also popular for work placements. We encourage Next Steppers to take part in this and also accept external requests.
As we have the resource of fully equipped professional kitchens, we are hoping to use these to extend our service to the local community by catering for buffets for local businesses.