Simon Brown, who is a chef at Hospitalfield in Arbroath, decided to use his love for cooking to prepare meals for families and individuals who are vulnerable or who might be struggling financially after the venue had to close due to the coronavirus outbreak.
In the last two weeks, Simon and other volunteer chefs who work at Hospitalfield have provided over 100 meals to families and people with the support of Laura Souter and Marie Ferguson, family support workers with Angus Council who are co-ordinating the orders and the volunteers (including Yvonne Jones and Pauline Crabb, Angus Council)who are delivering the meals.
Council Leader, David Fairweather “Providing food for many families and individuals is vitally important now, more than ever. Simon at Hospitalfield approached the council as he wanted to make sure this support went to those most in need and we were pleased to be able to help.
“Council staff in our social work team have done a great job making sure these meals go to the families and people who need it most. We hope these meals make life a little bit easier for them during this difficult time.”
Simon Brown said: “It is great to be able to contribute to the current effort in supporting people through this time of crisis. Without the knowledge and networks of Laura and Marie this project could not happen so it is a good exercise in collaboration and partnership.”
The service will provide 60 meals per week on a Monday and a Friday but this could increase if the initiative is successful and there’s the demand.
To raise the funds to cook the free meals for individuals and families, Simon is cooking 45 takeaway meals on a Wednesday evening advertised on social media. People can collect the meals with careful social distancing regulations in place.
Photo includes (Yvonne Jones, Angus Council, Family Support Worker), Anni Whitehead (Hospitalfield), Simon Brown (Hospitalfield), Pauline Crabb (Angus Council, Resource Worker), Angus Council Leader David Fairweather and Dean Shaw(Hospitalfield)