Students from the FLEX department at Rotherham College have prepared and delivered meals for the elderly residents of Dinnington as part of a partnership with Dinnington Methodist Church’s luncheon club.
The luncheon club, which has been running for many years, normally sees local residents attend the church for a lunch prepared, cooked and served by the students. However, the ongoing situation with COVID-19 has meant that the luncheon club has had to adapt to a takeaway and delivery service.
Rotherham College’s FLEX department is a specialist provision for students who live with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) or high needs. The project offers a safe space in which the students can participate and gain valuable skills in work-related activity and communication.
Rotherham College’s FLEX Curriculum Team Leader Stephanie Seymour has overseen the student’s involvement in the luncheon club.
Stephanie said: “Luncheon club is a place that our students with SEND can come and develop their independent living and employability skills. We really encourage professionalism and the students involved are able to develop key skills that will allow them to progress to volunteering opportunities.
“The project is fantastic, not only for our students and what they learn but for them to be involved in such a lovely community project. They get to meet a range of people and help elderly local residents by providing a lovely home-cooked meal.”
You can watch a behind the scenes video from Luncheon Club here.