Golden recognition for Exeter charity’s chefs
2 July 2019
An Exeter charity is celebrating after its catering team brought home gold at the Outstanding Care Awards for Devon and Cornwall.
Nine chefs and cooks (including a visually impaired student on a year-long supported internship) from WESC Foundation attended last week’s awards ceremony, which celebrated the achievements and hard work of staff from across the care sector.
The team won over the judges with the story of how they empower the charity’s young people (all of whom have a visual impairment and other complex needs) to learn about healthy choices and food preparation, as well as providing full catering service to a wide range of complicated dietary requirements. WESC Foundation also caters for a staff team of over 200 and several cohorts of students from the University of Plymouth’s Exeter School of Nursing which shares part of the charity’s Topsham Road campus.
This year was also a first for the catering manager Dale Harding, who welcomed one of WESC Foundation’s visually-impaired college students into the team for a year-long supported internship.
Craig, who has attended school and college at WESC Foundation, will soon complete his placement in the charity’s kitchen where he has been developing his confidence and learning new skills alongside the experienced team.
Jane Bell, CEO of WESC Foundation said:
“I am extremely proud that colleagues from around our sector have acknowledged the hard work of our staff, who regularly go above and beyond to provide an outstanding service to our young people.
“We have all enjoyed seeing them work with our young people, and particularly Craig during his internship. He has been welcomed as part of the catering ‘family’ during the past few months, and was able to celebrate the success with his colleagues at the gala dinner.”