A season for growing together

Temperatures are beginning to inch up and the sun has been shining – summer is certainly on the horizon. While we know you are still facing daily challenges, the season of barbecues, picnics and lunches in the garden is sure to bring smiles to your residents’ faces.

You may notice a change on our front page. This issue is the first in our exciting new partnership with the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), the body championing your sector. If you’re not familiar with their work, turn to pages 12 and 13 for an introduction and to find out how they can help you. You can expect to see their updates and success stories in future issues.

The final countdown for our Care Home and Hospital Catering Forum has started – we’ve announced more of the excellent speakers who’ll be joining us to share their insight and expertise (read more on pages 21 to 27). There’s still time to buy your tickets. Elsewhere, we have a special report on dementia dining innovation on page 16, and a chat with the incredibly passionate Stuart Middleton, of Meallmore, on page 46. Settle down with a cup of tea and enjoy.

Lauren Fitchett

One of the many great things about being national chair of the NACC is having the opportunity to look at, and engage with, new partnerships, working with colleagues so that relationships grow and develop. I am delighted that Care Home Catering has partnered with the NACC, a link which will support and drive membership all year round for the association. Editorial, social and digital platforms are key in how we work across the health and care sectors and the importance of how we promote and support all aspects of care catering.

We know, particularly over the last couple of years, we have had to learn to do things differently and this is definitely the time for us to offer a different vehicle to our existing members and consider how we can develop the services we provide at the NACC. We are a member organisation, driven by the members and here for our members – we welcome your input too, so please let us know what we can do to help you.

I will be speaking at the forum in June and I look forward to seeing you then.

Sue Cawthray
National chair, NACC