Reading Borough Council (RBC) are currently reviewing the catering service which was originally set up to provide hot meals at lunchtime to tenants and local residents at Cedar Court and Oak Tree House extra care housing services. The caterer also delivers hot meals to day service users of The Maples (based at Rivermead) and provides meals for an onsite weekly lunch club.
The expiry of the current catering contract offers RBC an opportunity to look again at how meals are provided and how meals can be combined with new opportunities for social interaction. Using consultation feedback, the council want to design a service which is tailored to people’s individual needs and one which is sustainable in the future.
Why Are RBC Consulting
It has been identified that:
- The restaurant facilities are not well supported every day
- Those who do use the facilities are often buying snacks in preference to a hot meal
- Some Maples Day Service users already choose to bring their own packed lunch, especially now that new fees policy means many pay the full cost and will be paying VAT.
Therefore the council are looking at a range of options for residents and service users.