The team at The Tatton community cafe in Ordsall is helping out vulnerable residents by providing affordable meals on wheels throughout the pandemic.
The Tatton is a charitable incorporated organisation that provides a community hub based in Ordsall, Salford. Its mission is to provide an accessible, friendly, and safe social centre to improve the quality of life for the local community.
It began the meals on wheels initiative in July 2020, as a way to help those who are shielding or self-isolating during the pandemic.
Kitchen supervisor Danielle Salter, who oversees the day to day running of the kitchen and café area, said:
“We want people to know that we are here for everyone. If people are feeling lonely or suffering with depression, they can come to us.
“With the pandemic, we have decided to put together a meals on wheels service for the local community. We offer this service to anyone that is vulnerable or self-isolating. The elderly especially because they are in the high-risk category.”
The service provides meals to those most vulnerable in the community from Monday to Friday each week, costing £4 for a main course and a dessert.
Danielle continued: “It’s really important to do this during the pandemic as the government has advised that people over a certain age should stay at home and shield.
“This means that a lot of older people can’t see their families and have become very vulnerable from being at home by themselves, as they don’t have anyone to talk to.
“It’s nice to be able to have a quick chat with customers when we drop their meals off. It makes sure that they can have some human interaction each day.
“There is no chip shop in the area so on a Friday we do hand-battered fish, chips and mushy peas for £4. A lot of people like the ‘Fish Friday’ feeling and it has been very busy on Fridays, as a result.”
The Tatton posts out daily meals and a meal plan for the week via a door-to-door drop off and its Facebook page with a choice between two main courses and a dessert.