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Hanley lunch club celebrates five-star success

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Young at Heart Hanley is delighted to announce that its volunteer-led lunch club has been awarded a five star food hygiene rating – the highest possible.

Food safety officers visited the club on 30 October to check how they handle and prepare the food, inspect the cleanliness of the building and check that processes are in place to ensure the food they serve is safe. After an extensive inspection, volunteers received the news that their hard work had paid off and they had done well in all areas.

The rating reflects the dedication of the volunteers, who work hard to serve a healthy, hot lunch to the older people who attend. It means the men and women who meet there can do so safe in the knowledge that the volunteers have their best interests at heart.

Matt Ford, project co-ordinator, said, “All the volunteers were very emotional today and rightly so! The inspectors told the volunteers they should be very proud, as achieving five stars is no easy task and they don’t give them out freely. 

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“In its last inspection the lunch club achieved four stars, so this rating was very welcome. It again shows what fantastic volunteers we have and how hard they work in making sure the standards at the group are the highest possible.”  

The lunch club meets every other Monday at the Sacred Heart Community Centre in Hanley and everyone is welcome. A light lunch is served from 12:30pm to 2pm and is followed by an afternoon activity session from 2pm to 4pm. People are welcome to come along for lunch or activities or to stay for both. To find out more about attending or volunteering, visit the Young at Heart page.

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