Volunteers Week – Day 2

Today’s Volunteers Week update features a brilliant opening event that took place yesterday. Stefan and his team from the Yard bar and restaurant in Swadlincote welcomed a group of volunteers from some of South Derbyshire’s lunch clubs.
 
I make no apologies for this post being picture-heavy, but please be patient if they take a while to load on your computer.
Lunch Club Volunteers paying rapt attention at the Yard, Swadlincote

Lunch Club Volunteers paying rapt attention at the Yard, Swadlincote

Volunteers from:

  • Findern Lunch Club
  • South Derbyshire Stroke Club’s Lunch Club
  • Newhall Lunch Club
  • Ticknall Lunch Club
  • Gresley Lunch Club
  • South Derbyshire CVS Travelling Lunch Club

 were joined by Andy Cave, the Heath Trainer Co-ordinator at CVS as well as representatives from the Volunteer Centre staff team.

Stefan put on an excellent cookery demonstration, producing a Mediterranean Chicken dish with rice, a fruit sponge pudding and a fresh fruit salad right before our eyes.

Chef Stefan in action at the Yard, Swadlincote for the Volunteers Week Cookery Demonstration

Chef Stefan in action at the Yard, Swadlincote for the Volunteers Week Cookery Demonstration

They had  even set up a large TV screen linked to a video camera so that we would all be able to see exactly what was going on. At times it felt just like a TV cookery show. Certainly Stefan’s natural, friendly presentation style equalled anything seen on TV and his cameraman captured the whole preparation and cooking process very effectively.

Big Screen at the Yard, Swadlincote for the Volunteers Week Cookery Demonstration

Big Screen at the Yard, Swadlincote for the Volunteers Week Cookery Demonstration

Even better, we were all served with generous helpings of the delicious  food.

Chef Stefan Serving the food prepared at the Yard Swadlincote for the Volunteers Week Cookery Demonstration

Chef Stefan Serving the food prepared at the Yard Swadlincote for the Volunteers Week Cookery Demonstration

As well as as a great meal, the event also gave the volunteers who run the lunch clubs lots of opportunities to ask questions and pick up ideas to take back to their own organisations. The group from Findern found this particularly useful as they are in the process of setting up their Lunch Club at the moment.

Networking was also an important part of the day. Andy has been invited to take his healthy eating and healthy lifestyle message out to all of the lunch clubs present. In addition, the more experienced lunch clubs were quick to offer their support to the newer ones.

Stefan has promised to send us the recipes from the event, so we will post this on this blog. Meanwhile, Stefan’s own website is at http://www.theyardbar.com .

In addition to our sincere thanks to Stefan and the team at the Yard, the Volunteer Centre would also like to thank Chris Harris from South Derbyshire CVS for her work to set this event up.

Today, Chris W and Richard from the Volunteer Centre are in Matlock at the New Bath Hotel for the Countywide Volunteer Managers’ Celebration and Training event. We expect them to come back fired up with enthusiasm and their feedback will be here on this blog tomorrow.

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2 Responses to Volunteers Week – Day 2

  1. vcibulletin says:

    MMMMM yummy!!! Where’s admin’s doggy bag!!
    Jaymie & Linda X

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