NEWS

GRANT FUNDING

Steelplan Kitchens joined forces with church and community funding specialist GBA Limited to create this guide to starting your funding journey.

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COST MANAGEMENT: HOW TO KEEP YOUR KITCHEN IN BUDGET

Love it or loathe it, budgeting is fundamental to the success of any organisation – and an essential part of running a care home kitchen.

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Care Quality Commission: Keeping your kitchen in line

Independent living is important to care home residents, but concerns over safety, security and hygiene can be restrictive, especially when it comes to promoting independence in the kitchen.

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Care in the Kitchen

With changing attitudes to catering in the care industry, your kitchen could be a deciding factor for potential residents and their families.

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2018: THE YEAR TO IMPROVE YOUR OUTREACH

Now the Christmas chaos is over, January is a great time to take a moment and reflect on how your church is serving the community. Here are a few ideas on how to improve your outreach in 2018.

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KITCHENS, REVISITED: A UNIQUE SOLUTION FOR A LISTED CHURCH

Now the Christmas chaos is over, January is a great time to take a moment and reflect on how your church is serving the community. Here are a few ideas on how to improve your outreach in 2018.

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RULES AND REGULATIONS – TIME FOR A REVIEW?

The role of your church kitchen can change depending on the needs of your community, but how can you make sure your health and safety procedures keep up?

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Do your residents help with housework?

The Living Well Through Activity in Care Homes toolkit recommends that residents be allowed to help out in the home - but how can it help and why should you do it?

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Steelplan Kitchens: What our clients have to say

We have over 30 years’ experience designing and installing semi-commercial kitchens in care homes, churches, fire stations and more. Find out what our customers have to say here….

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Taking a risk: care home rated ‘outstanding’

A London care home that encourages residents to take positive risks, like making tea, has been praised by the Care Quality Commission.

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Safety First: Training tips

Whether your kitchen is run by professionals or hard-working volunteers, it’s important to make sure that everyone is up to speed on hygiene and safety in the kitchen. Here’s our tips to get started.

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Silly Season: 3 events to run from your kitchen

It’s Christmas! The season of goodwill will mean a lot more people in your church. We look at some fun ways to put your church kitchen at the centre of the celebrations.

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Christmas service: How your kitchens are supporting your community at Christmas-time

It’s a great time of year to welcome the wider community to your church family. We find out how some of Steelplan’s featured Churches use their kitchens to celebrate at Christmas time.

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WHAT IS A SEMI-COMMERCIAL KITCHEN?

Need a hard-wearing kitchen that doesn’t look cold and institutional? A semi-commercial kitchen combines a steel frame with a domestic look that wouldn’t look out of place in any home. Find out more…

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SETTLING IN

Food is more than just fuel. It can give comfort and evoke memories, and for care home residents it can be an important part of the settling in phase. Here are a few tips to help new residents adjust to mealtimes…

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CARE AT CHRISTMAS

Christmas can be a difficult time for residents, especially if it’s their first in a care home, but there are plenty of ways your home can get residents in the festive spirit…

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SAFETY FIRST: WHAT’S YOUR POLICY?

Whether you have a kitchen in place or are in the process of renovating, now’s the time to address your safety policy. We share our advice here.

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SPREAD THE WORD

If you’re investing in a new kitchen, make sure that you’re sharing the news with your community. Here are 6 tips to get you started.

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CASE STUDY: OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE, WORCESTER

To say the church hall at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Worcester is kept busy would be an understatement. The church desperately needed a kitchen that could cope with everyday use.

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CASE STUDY: OMEGA ELIFAR, YOUNG ADULT LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

Empowerment is at the heart of Elifar’s ethos. When they needed a new kitchen, they wanted a space that could be accessible to everyone. Steelplan had the solution.

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3 TIPS: CATERING FOR DEMENTIA

Dementia can have a big impact on appetite. Here are three tips for your home that could help you to cater for residents with dementia.

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WHY INSTALL A SATELLITE KITCHEN?

Independent living is an important part of any care home. Here’s how a satellite space can help your residents find freedom in the kitchen, without impacting on your team.

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ST PHILIP’S, REIGATE

The kitchen at St Philip’s Reigate was a domestic model, given to the church second hand. As a temporary solution, it did the trick, but with more and more groups – including a local college – using the kitchen, the church needed something more resilient.

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SAFETY FIRST: STAYING OUT OF HOT WATER

Whether you’re just offering tea and biscuits, or hosting larger-scale catered events, every kitchen needs to have appropriate heat and hot water safety measures in place.

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HOW YOUR KITCHEN CAN HELP THE HOMELESS

With a good kitchen, your church can play an even greater role in the community, supporting people from all walks of life. Here’s how you can use your kitchen to help the homeless in your area.

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WHAT TO COOK WITH YOUR KITCHEN EQUIPMENT

What you can serve from your kitchen depends on the cooking & heating equipment you choose (and your volunteer’s culinary skills). Here are a few hints on what to cook in your kitchen.

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SAFETY FIRST: KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

If your church hosts children’s events – like mother and baby groups, after-school clubs, play groups or Sunday school – a kitchen can be a real blessing.

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Planning process: 6 tips to get started

Get the planning process right and your new kitchen project should get off without a hitch. Here are a few tips to get started, from drafting up ideas to overseeing work when it starts.

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Back to School: Events at your church

September is an important time for the younger members of your congregation. Here’s a few ideas on how you – and your kitchen – can support them at the start of back-to-school season.

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Kitchen, revisited: St Joseph’s Havant

We’re delving into the archives to look at one of our first Steelplan Kitchens case studies, St Joseph’s Havant. From a 1950’s kitchen to a sleek semi-commercial space, the transformation is astounding.

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Care in the community: Charitable causes in the kitchen

From food banks to fundraisers, there’s a whole host of ways that a new kitchen can support your church’s charitable work.

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Getting it right: Kitchen colour

Steelplan Kitchens are built to last, so choosing a colour that will also stand the test of time is important. Here are our tips to choosing the right finish.

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Case Study: St George in the East, London

This beautiful Hawksmoor church in London had a somewhat less beautiful 1960s domestic kitchen. Here’s how Steelplan stepped in to help them bring it up to date.

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Care in the kitchen

An increasing number of care homes are encouraging residents to help out in the kitchen. Is your kitchen ready?

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Kitchens: Make or break for decision makers

Increasing competition in the care industry has made kitchens, and the food they offer, a key part of the decision making process. We look at some of the key points for managers to consider.

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Rules and regulations: Keeping your kitchen safe

Making sure that your kitchen is a safe place is at the top of any church’s priorities. Here are a few simple steps to take to make sure that your kitchen stays safe to use.

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Three churches serving their community with Steelplan Kitchens

A new kitchen can bring a new lease of life to a church. We look at three churches that have boosted their presence in the community with the help of a Steelplan Kitchen.

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Think you can’t install a new church kitchen? Think again

If installing a new kitchen at your church feels like an impossible dream, take a moment to read these three common misconceptions - and how Steelplan Kitchens could provide the answer you need.

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Case Study - St Paul's Hounslow

St Paul’s Hounslow West had sat neglected and empty for two years before a local bishop’s mission moved in. A small congregation was formed to start work on rebuilding the church and its congregation. While the kitchen was at the top of the renovations list from the start, it would be another two years until they were ready to call Steelplan Kitchens.

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Four questions to ask before opening a church cafÉ

Has someone in your committee raised the idea of opening a church café? Excellent! But don't start stocking up on coffee beans yet: Here are four important questions to ask before opening a church café.

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Rules & Regulations: Selling food and drink

If you plan to sell refreshments from your kitchen, you might need to conform to stricter regulations. Find out if you might need to comply and what you'll need to do...

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4 reasons a Steelplan Kitchen is right for your care home

Steelplan Kitchens have been providing catering and day room kitchens for care homes for over 30 years. Here are four key reasons a semi-commercial kitchen is perfect for a care home environment.

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Three of the best...small space Church kitchens

A small space needn't hold back your kitchen renovation plans. If anything, a new kitchen could make better use of your space, to give your church functions a new lease of life.

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Four brilliant ways your church kitchen can help you connect with your community this summer

Whether you’ve got a good church kitchen you’d like to put to better use, or are looking for inspiration to persuade your committee to agree to a kitchen renovation, here are four great events to try out at your church this summer.

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Rules and regulations: Kitchen Maintenance

When it comes to keeping your kitchen in good condition, it’s important to adhere to both mandatory maintenance and good practice. Here, we outline a few key points to consider to keep your church kitchen fit for practice – and to recognise when it’s no longer cutting the mustard.

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Case Study: A pod kitchen at Holy Trinity Church, Bradford on Avon

A Grade I listed church built in 1150 posed a challenge for architects. But a unique pod kitchen had the solution...

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Renovating a listed Church

Listed churches: beautiful architecture, steeped in history...but not the easiest to adapt when it comes to your congregation’s changing needs. That’s not to say renovation is impossible...

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How to competitively tender, but still get the kitchen you need: Step by Step Guide

Part 1: Sourcing funding from your diocese can be competitive. Over the next few weeks, we take you through process, helping you to get the budget for the kitchen you need.

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Three of the best: Churches with Hall Hire

Take a look at how Steelplan Kitchens have helped these three churches hire their church hall space – from kid’s birthdays to weddings and corporate events.

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Video: Why choose a semi-commercial kitchen?

Not all kitchens are created equal. We look at how a semi-commercial kitchen can offer the durability you need in a space your volunteers will feel at home in.

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Case study: Canterbury Baptist Church

With only a small kitchen, Canterbury Baptist Church could only offer very limited catering for its congregation. But after a refurbishment - as part of a wider modernisation of the building - they're now able to hire out the hall and cater for a much wider range of occasions.

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Five top tips for hosting events at your church

Churches can be used for all kinds of events and celebrations. From christenings and birthday parties, to flower arranging evenings and committee meetings, your Church is the perfect place to bring people together. But with event hosting comes rules and regulations that every venue needs to know. Here are a few things to bear in mind.

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Community matters: How your church kitchen brings people together

No matter what's going on in the outside world - and who knows what 2017 has in store - there will always be a good reason to come together as a community. Whether it's a much-anticipated wedding, a big birthday celebration, or a special feast for Easter, you have the ideal venue. And at the heart of every event you hold will be your church kitchen.

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Case Study: St Mary's Church, Byfleet

The team at St Mary's has been talking about having a new kitchen for the last ten years. With their original kitchen only suitable for serving teas and coffees and plans for larger scale hospitality on the cards, they needed a refit suitable for professional catering.

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Five things to consider when updating a small kitchen

Think your kitchen is too small to be upgraded? Think again. A new kitchen could make better use of your space. Follow these tips to give your kitchen the refresh it needs.

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Keep your kitchen electrics safe this Christmas: Four top tips

From fairy lights to mulled wine kettles, your kitchen will no doubt be filled with plugged in appliances this Christmas. So it’s more important than ever to know your electrical safety basics to avoid accidents and fires.

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Case Study: Orpington Baptist Church

Orpington Baptist Church undertook an extensive project, to rebuild and refurbish their kitchen to help it better support the long list of groups and activities hosted at the Church.

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Counting down to Christmas

Two thousand and sixteen has been a funny old year - a year many will people will be glad to see the back of. After twelve months of seemingly relentless doom and gloom, it’s more important than ever to bring your congregation together, with Christmas serving to remind us all of the positive forces of faith and community.

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Perfect finish - workstations and cabinets

Our kitchen designers know that every church kitchen is different, which is why it’s so important to make sure that every aspect of the space suits the church’s needs. When it comes to choosing appliances - cookers, dishwashers and the like - making the right choice is a numbers game. How many people are using it? How many days a week does it need to be in use?

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Tea for two (hundred)

Tea. It's arguably the fuel that keeps Britain - and its church congregations - running. It’s the life blood of the after-service natter, it's what keeps your volunteers going at charity events, it's the beverage that warms up customers during those soggy car-boot Saturdays.

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Three reasons to choose a semi-commercial kitchen from Steelplan

We’ve supplied kitchens at hundreds of churches across the UK, from rural ministries to huge city cathedrals. Whether your church needs a kitchen revamp or is looking to open a fully-functioning community café, Steelplan can tailor a space that works perfectly for you and your community – bringing a cosy, stylish aesthetic together with durable steel construction.

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Rules and regulations: Fire safety

When it comes to fitting or refurbishing your church kitchen, it’s important to make sure that fire safety is top of your list of priorities.

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Case Study: Stockland Green Methodist Church

Stockland Green decided to take a leap into the unknown and open a community kitchen. Steelplan Kitchens provided a kitchen that could cope with demand...

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Is a dishwasher right for your church kitchen?

A dishwasher could be invaluable to your new church kitchen, but choosing the right option for your needs can be tough. Our experts share their tips to help you make the right choice...

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Rules and regulations: DDA

Making your church an inclusive space for your community is always a priority, but when it comes to the kitchen, disability access can easily be overlooked. Make sure that your kitchen renovation conforms to code...

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Case Study: St Nicholas Church, Thames Ditton

It was decision time for the committee at St Nicholas: keep making tweaks to a tired old kitchen or invest in a full renovation. They decided to take the plunge with Steelplan – click through to see the results...

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Rules and Regulations: Health & Safety

As more churches open up their hall as a community café or venue, fitting a kitchen that conforms to Health & Safety standards is more important than ever. We list our essential Health & Safety considerations...

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Three tips to choosing the right cooking appliance

Getting the right cooker for your kitchen – and your budget – can be complicated. Steelplan’s design consultants let us in on the three questions that lead them to the perfect solution for their clients every time...

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Case study: A much needed kitchen update at St Joseph's

After nearly 50 years without a refit, the kitchen at St Joseph’s at Havant was starting to feel the strain. They turned to Steelplan Kitchens for a much needed renovation...

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Five things to consider when renovating your kitchen

Just as every church is unique, so are the needs of its kitchen. At Steelplan, we know what questions to ask at the beginning of the project to make sure you get the kitchen you need...

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Adding a Church Kitchen can boost your revenue - and your congregation

You might be surprised at how much a new kitchen can have a positive impact on your church. Take a look at a few ways renovating can open new opportunities in the local community...

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