Bristol care home scoops rare award for cooking up a healthy and sustainable approach to food

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A Bristol care home run by Milestones Trust has clinched a top award for its work in providing healthy and sustainable food to its residents.

2A Court Road provides around the clock support for 15 residents with learning disabilities in three self-contained houses. The Soil Association presented the gold level Food for Life Served Here award to 2A Court Road to recognise the home’s pioneering work in offering ‘fresh, local and honest’ food.

2A Court Road was initially awarded the bronze award in 2016 but has now been awarded gold. It is one of only three care homes in the country to have received the gold accolade.

Amber Torr, team leader at 2A Court Road, said: “We recognise that eating and enjoying great food is a vital ingredient in ensuring our residents have the best possible quality of life. Since we achieved our bronze award, we have further improved our approach to food. We now use only organic chicken, pork and beef mince, organic milk, sustainable fish and seasonal vegetables in our cooking. Our residents are involved in planning the menu and sharing ideas, and we have also started growing vegetables in our garden.”

The Food for Life Served Here award is an inspected scheme run by the Soil Association and is an independent endorsement of food quality.

Rich Watts, senior Food for Life Served Here manager at the Soil Association, said: “The Gold Food for Life Served Here award is an excellent achievement which recognises the vital role that local, fresh and honest meals play in healthy, planet-friendly menus. It reassures service users and their families that their meals are free from GM ingredients, trans fats and are prepared from scratch.

“Huge congratulations to 2a Court Road on achieving the Gold Food for Life Served Here award. They are the first care home to achieve the award where all the staff and service users are involved in menu planning, preparing and cooking meals; there are no dedicated chefs or cooks on-site. Their dedication to using organic chicken, pork, mince and milk is highly commendable and everyone involved in helping to achieve the award should be immensely proud.”

In recent years, the Trust has become known as a pioneer in the care sector for its initiatives in creating good, sustainable and healthy food. Its ‘Good Food’ programme commits the Trust to serving food that is tasty, healthy, presentable, easy to eat, easy to digest, and is affordable.

Milestones Trust has developed a bespoke training course for care home cooks with the Square Food Foundation – a Bristol-based cookery school and community kitchen – and the aim is for the course is to become a UK recognised accredited qualification for care home cooks. It includes practical and theoretical workshops including methods and principles of cooking from scratch, menu planning, and in-depth training on how to cook with the different food groups.

Milestones Trust has a 31-year history of providing care and support to vulnerable people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and dementia in the South West.

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