Princes Park Garden Centre (PPGC) have launched a new unique meal delivery service to their service users who have learning difficulties including Autism and Down Syndrome.
The PPGC closed down its learning section at the end of March due to the Coronavirus, which meant that their adult service users were confined to their homes or sheltered housing.
The staff and management carried out a survey of all service users and their requirements under the lock-down.
Alec McFadden chair of the PPGC said, “It was decided the priority was a daily nutritious cooked meal delivered direct to each home, so we have taken on a new chef Adam Reisling who has planned a variety of special fresh food, balanced meals that include meat, vegetables and salads. A small squad of volunteer delivery drivers has now been assembled to carry out the direct home deliveries.
We will also be providing ‘Mindful Colouring Books’ and special coloured pens which will be given out next week to keep all our service users happy and busy.”
Alec added, “So far we have raised around £2,200 towards our needs calculation of £5,000 per month to keep this service going. That funding has come from Unlimited Potential through national fund from Lankelly Chase, plus a £200 donation from the local group Helping Hands. Further funding applications will be submitted and any donation will be welcome.”
All staff are involved in some way in the new project, some with the survey, some driving and some with funding bids. All have volunteered with the Spirit of Salford campaign, ringing the homes of elderly and vulnerable isolated people, providing comfort and support.
Any left-over food from the meals on wheels with be passed over to organisations helping feed the homeless in Salford. Alec McFadden the chair of PPGC added, “Our service users are all missing being in the Princes Park Garden Centre daily, they miss our staff the facilities that we provide and of course their friends the other service users. This new service will provide them with an improved daily diet of fresh food and veg, but from next week we will try and stimulate their minds and interest by providing them with Mindful Colouring books. We hope to also in the near future be able to offer each service user a small allotment to plant their own seeds and grow vegetables, this would be in association with the Soil Association.” For further information contact Alec McFadden 07831 627 531.
STOP PRESS – From this Wednesday 6th May the Princes Park Garden Centre will be re-opening in-line with Government recommendations with a click and collect service in place. Items can be ordered either via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing the centre on 0161 775 0875. A list of items will be available shortly, visit their website for more details. The centre will be adhering to social distancing guidance and offering a time slot for collection of items. All items must be paid for on collection using card payment only due to safety. At this time, they are unable to take cash payments.
Princes Park Garden Centre would like thank you for your continued support during this time, please do not hesitate to contact them.