BLIND VETERANS UK
We have worked closely with the charity since 2011. For us, we understand that it’s not just about being a catering partner, but really working together as one team to give the members the ability to move back in to the community.
Our holistic approach to working with the team demonstrates our commitment to not just being a service provider but recognising the role we play in making people’s lives better. We always look to go the extra mile, our Chefs even spent a week catering for members at base camp on Snowdon, on a canoeing trip on the River Wye, and for a charity cycle ride from Brighton to Llandudno! Our Head Chef, Andy, regularly shares his talent of singing and guitar playing for the members and Joe reads poems or excerpts from books during functions.
We provide a range of food services across the portfolio of this charity. The food offer ranges from traditional to street food, formal dress dinners, and BBQ’s. However, it’s our ability to get really involved with rehabilitation that has afforded us our long-standing relationship with the client.
Our ‘Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook’ scheme shows us providing food focussed workshops with the members on site; transferring our skills in bread making, baking, fish filleting techniques and soup building (just to name a few!) teaches members cooking skills and encourages independence. Our take on the ‘I’m a Celebrity Bushtucker Trial’ is also a great success where the members were given edible bugs, worms and beetles to hold, feel and eat!
We understand that it’s not just a place to work, but it is a home away from home for many of the Veterans, and it should feel as such.
Recently, we experienced a re-tender process and as a consequence of our hard work and commitment, we not only recieved a contract extension but gained 3 other contracts within the group. Our commitment to the charity over the years has laid the foundations for a strong partnership supported by delivering on our promises. A sense of familiarity is important for the veterans, so it’s a great credit that 84% of the staff from the first 6-months of operation remain to be friendly faces at the site.Return to our case studies