Christmas cheer for local residents thanks to Mears and MLOne


Senior citizens from across Lanarkshire and Glasgow have enjoyed a Christmas lunch at New College Lanarkshire’s MLOne training restaurant.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Mears Group has hosted a festive treat for elderly residents at our Motherwell Campus.

The housing and social care provider invited more than 40 guests to enjoy a traditional three-course meal, which was created and served by Hospitality & Professional Cookery students.

North Lanarkshire’s Provost Jean Jones chatted with guests, who included clients of Contact The Elderly, Mears Care, Mears Supported Living, St Andrew’s Hospice, and Thenue, Ardenglen, Elderpark, Govanhill, and Linthouse housing associations.

During the lunch, HND Music students Marie Gallagher, Chloe Hawkins and Ross Linden entertained diners with renditions of seasonal tunes such as Jingle Bell Rock, O Holy Night and Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town.

Modern Apprentices from Mears acted as escorts at the event and presented guests with boxes of chocolates donated by A.S. Scaffolding.

Barry Duncan, Managing Director of the Mears Group in Scotland, said: “This is an event that everyone should be proud of – this is our sixth year of hosting this at the College and every year it just gets better.

“The food is fantastic, the service is great and everyone has really enjoyed it.

“There are a lot of people who don’t have support and are maybe lonely or housebound, and an event like this allows us to give something back to the community at Christmas.

“We have apprentices here today as part of their citizenship programme – they’re learning how to interact with tenants and it’s bringing out their social skills.”

Level 5 Professional Chef students created a menu including lentil soup, roast turkey with trimmings and chocolate fudge cake, while the Front of House duties were performed by HNC Hospitality students.

Sharon Riach, Curriculum & Quality Leader in the College’s Faculty of Service Industries, said: “The Mears Group has been coming to the College for Christmas lunch for several years.

“MLOne provides a safe environment where the group can come in and experience a service at the pace that suits the group and have that extra bit of attention.

“It’s about the interaction between the students and the guests and in providing a service that goes above and beyond the guests’ expectations.

“The experience gained by students by undertaking this type of service is invaluable.”

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