Churches can be a positive force when it comes to accommodating lonely people. A semi-commercial kitchen can help support community events that bring people together.
Loneliness is a major problem in the UK, with Age UK reporting that more than 2 million people in England over the age of 75 live alone. Churches have long been a place to bring people who suffer from loneliness together. The more community events they can support, the more they can integrate with their community and become a hub for social interaction.
Churches can be a place where people come together – for many, it might be some of the only social contacts they have all week. That’s why it’s important when considering a brand new kitchen to make it somewhere pleasant to be, and where people can engage others – and most importantly, is durable to withstand increased use.
See for example Dursley Tabernacle United Reformed Church, which worked with Steelplan to fit the kitchen with new appliances, sinks and a central island. With a new kitchen or café, tea point or servery, the church is now able to handle a constantly shifting events programme, including Sunday lunches for the community with a capacity for up to 75 people.
Here are just a few examples of events you can hold to help tackle loneliness in your community.
Community events: is your kitchen durable enough?
A kitchen made from wood is not going to be good enough – to meet your requirements for social engagements because it can’t stand the test of time and continue to meet health and safety requirements. But a semi-commercial steel kitchen has it all – the ability to withstand a lot of scrapes and bangs while at the same time being a welcoming environment for volunteers and your congregation.
Looking to host bigger events? Need to rethink your kitchen space, or want to discuss a kitchen design and how appliances could fit in it? Steelplan is happy to help. Get in touch today by calling on 0844 809 9186 or emailing us at [email protected].
The inherent strength of metal and a combination of the benefits listed on this page mean that a steel Kitchen will far exceed the life expectancy of a standard wooden carcass kitchens in semi-commercial environments.
The polyester powder coated steel is impervious to water. No more swollen chipboard or rotting MDF.
The metal is fire resistant and the powder coat finish formulated so that no toxic fumes are emitted in the case of fire.
Unlike wooden/chipboard cabinets the Steelplan Kitchen carcass does not contain any material that may sustain, harbour or encourage insects or bacteria.
The powder coated finish means that the units can be kept to an extremely high level of cleanliness and hygiene at all times. Essential when used in health locations.
It looks great! The hidden steel backbone is dressed up with a choice of doors to produce whatever look and feel you want.