I was invited to attend this club by Iris Anderson who seems to have her finger on the pulse of the community and often lets me know about events happening in the area which may not be well advertised but really do need more exposure.
I turned up just after 2.30pm and already in full flow was a representative from the Princess Royal Trust who was letting the 16 attendees know about what they could offer to carers, one of the most important pieces of information that I and many others there were not aware of was that PRT offer an emergency care scheme for any emergencies that may occur preventing you from being able to care for your loved one. The service is free and available to those who have signed up to the scheme, please do get in touch with them on 0845 604 1577, please note that Adult Services DO NOT assess you for this.
The Lady from the Princess Royal Trust also let everyone know about groups put in place for those affected by Dementia and memory issues, these groups are held at The Hayward Suite in the Wolversdene Club on the 4th Thursday of the month 2-4pm.
Also attending that day was Darren from Wiltshire Farm Foods who had come to talk to the group about what they do and also to provide a taste testing, the talk was very informal and personal which I think is important, it was clear that Darren knew a lot about the company and was engaging. Darren explained how the meals were prepared, frozen and tested by their in house laboratory to ensure they were of the high standard Wiltshire Farm Foods expect.
We also learned about the purée range of foods WFF offer, it really is quite astonishing and thoughtful that products have been made by those who have to eat puréed food, WFF have a range of foods that look exactly like ‘real’ food but is in fact puréed, Darren told us about one customer who told him that the range of foods had taken away one problem and given her another and went on to say that, 1. She had been given her dignity back being able to eat a meal with her family without having to eat out of a cup and 2. Her Grandchildren now wanted to eat her food all of the time because it was so fascinating!
Wiltshire Farm Foods deliver free and prices for meals range from £2.95 – £5.70, drivers are all CRB and DPS checked and will come in and place the food all into your freezer if you wish them to. While Darren spoke, some meals were busily steaming away behind him, the smells started to permeate through the room until he stopped talking and served them up whilst I watched, it was good to see that Darren was testing the temperature of everything before it was served.
I did however speak to Graham from King Arthurs Way who said he felt the food was nice but that he likes to cook for himself and is a bit of a whizz in the kitchen, Robin, also from King Arthurs didn’t try the meals as he doesn’t like pre-packaged foods but Sam from Admirals Way said he had tried them and really enjoyed them and felt it was such a good service, especially as you could microwave or oven cook the products and that it was a potential lifeline for some who are unable to cook or just didn’t feel they wanted to.
All in all I think that Wiltshire Farm Foods provide an excellent service and Darren really did deliver a fantastic demonstration and talk, I really wish I had got to try one of the trifles as they looked delicious but I didn’t get to try any of the food as I was busy taking pictures and chatting to the lovely people who were in attendance, I really enjoyed my couple of hours in this lovely community club and I promise I will come to more as I loved chatting with Graham, Robin and Sam and am looking forward to catching up some more with them and others.