Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Meals service delivers by scooping top award



Picture left-right shows Derek Johnson, Leeds City Council's Principal Catering Manager, Ian Stone from award sponsor apetito and Neel Radia Chair of the NACC

A COMMUNITY meals service that delivers more than 100,000 meals a year to vulnerable residents in Leeds has been honoured with a top national award.

Community Meals Leeds was announced as the winner of the National Association of Care Catering’s (NACC) National Community Meals Award last week.

The prestigious award recognises the authority, business or individual who has proved themselves the best at providing the vital resource to elderly and vulnerable residents.

Community Meals Leeds, run by Leeds City Council, delivers and estimated 124,000 meals every year to more than 500 people around the city.

Working 365 days a year, the service has been delivering hot meals to Leeds residents for more than 40 years.

Paying tribute to the team’s hard work, Cllr Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Support Services, said: “Community Meals Leeds provides a vital lifeline for hundreds of elderly and vulnerable people across the city, and this award is thoroughly deserved.

“The hard work and dedication of the team helps those people to live independently in their own homes, without having to worry about whether they will have a hot meal each day.

“It also means service users will have a regular visitor to check that they are safe and well. I’d like to offer my congratulations to everyone at Community Meals Leeds on being recognised for the hugely important contribution they make every day.”

Judges at the awards looked at how the service measured up when it came to meeting national standards, how the team improved customer experience and how they offered added value with extra services like fire checks, hydration and nutritional screening.

The award comes ahead of National Community Meals Week, which runs from Nov 11-16 and celebrates the nation’s community meals services.

Cllr Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Adult Social Care added: “It’s good to see that Community Meals Leeds has been recognised for delivering a first class and highly valued service to elderly and vulnerable people in the city.”

Community Meals Leeds is available to anyone in the city and residents may be entitled to receive a subsidy if they are assessed as being unable to prepare a meal themselves.

For more information on the service, contact Community Meals Leeds on 0113 247 8577. The office is open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4pm.

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For more details, contact:
Stuart Robinson
Communications Officer
Leeds City Council
Tel: 0113 224 3937
Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk
www.leeds.gov.uk

Light Night set to arrive in Leeds next month

Caption: More than 30 venues in the city centre will open their doors as part of Light Night 2013.

As darkness falls, Leeds will once again become a hub of fun and unique entertainment as Light Night arrives in the city next month.

From 5pm until late on Friday 4th October, more than 30 venues across the city centre will open their doors to host over 50 art events for Light Night 2013.

In what promises to be a night to remember, visitors will have the opportunity to explore Leeds and its distinctive areas and landmarks, as a light is shined on the city. Light Night 2013 opens the doors of museums, galleries, theatres, and open space; showcasing a vibrant mix of events for all ages. On offer will be street theatre, light installations, performances and music, and storytelling as the city centre is split into seven key areas: Millennium Square, Leeds Town Hall, Victoria Gardens, Headrow, Briggate and Boar Lane, Quarry Hill and the University of Leeds.

The theme for this year’s event is the circus and will include a spectacular light installation “Momentous” by international artist group Illuminos. As part of their work, Illuminos will transform the Civic Hall into a giant traditional clock that celebrates the work of renowned Leeds Clockmaker William Potts.

Other highlights to this year’s Light Night include, Phase Revival: An Optical Harmonica an amazing light installation at Leeds City Museum, fusing art and science accompanied by a mathematically devised musical score; the Narnia Experience Taster produced by Left Bank Leeds and performed in Trinity Shopping Centre, along with a special opportunity to visit Mr Tumnus’ and his friends in a prelude to the performance of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in November.

There will also be the opportunity to see The Sea Interludes at the Howard Assembly Rooms, a short film with images of boats on the northern seas and accompanied by the powerful music of Benjamin Britten and produced by Opera North, whilst Leeds Town Hall will provide visitors with the opportunity to take a look at the Victorian prison cells in the building.

Organised by Leeds City Council’s arts development team in partnership with organisations and individual across the city, this year’s event will offer something for everyone and especially families.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"Light Night is an event that always captures the imagination, and this year there will again be a brilliant programme on offer for visitors of all ages and especially families to enjoy.

"This will include the chance to see Momentous, which promises to be a fantastic focal point for all the activities on offer, as the Civic Hall is changed spectacularly into a giant traditional clock for the night.

"The buzz that is created by Light Night in the city centre as people move from venue to venue really is something special, and I am looking forward to seeing what is in store this year."

Notes to editors:

A full programme of all the events is available at www.lightnightleeds.co.uk. All events are free, but some require booking, details are on the website along with information on transport.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk