NACC celebrates 30 years of raising profile & standards of care catering

The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special afternoon tea reception, hosted by Baroness Howe.

Dignitaries, founding members, past and present national and regional officers, NACC ambassadors, premier partners, media partners and industry associations gathered on Wednesday 24 May to honour three decades of the association’s outstanding work, achievements and camaraderie.

The team at Mayfair’s Athenaeum Hotel provided exceptional hospitality and a delicious afternoon tea.

The NACC is the voice for caterers from all areas of the care sector across the UK. It works tirelessly to raise the profile and standards of care catering through events, such as the Care Chef of the Year competition, the Training & Development Forum and Meals on Wheels Week, and producing valuable guidance documents and resources that support care caterers and providers.

Neel Radia, national chair for the NACC, (pictured far right) said, “Over its 30 years, the NACC really has made a huge impact on care catering. Through our annual events and campaigns, guidance documents, network and the partnerships that we have formed, we really have improved the sector’s standards and reputation. For example, care chefs are now rightfully recognised as highly-skilled and knowledgeable professionals, the lack of a dedicated qualification for the sector has been addressed and we have taken the fight to protect Meals on Wheels to MPs and the public.

“The most special thing about the NACC is its people. Without the commitment and passion of everyone that gives their time, knowledge and expertise voluntarily, its great work would not be possible. Everyone at the reception has made a huge contribution over the past 30 years and it was an absolute honour to celebrate with so many inspirational people.

'The association’s past, present and future was represented and, as we face the growing challenges brought about by our ageing population and the strain on social care budgets, I’m confident that the NACC will continue to make a difference for the next 30 years.”

The NACC began in 1987 as The Advisory Body of Social Service Catering (ABSSC). The association’s name was changed to the National Association of Care Catering in 2002 to reflect the wide spectrum of members from across the care sector.

The association is dedicated to ensuring that everyone in a care environment receives the highest quality catering that meets individual physical and emotional needs, from nutrition and special diets through to social wellbeing.

(pictured from left to right): Roger Denton, the NACC’s National Secretary; Sophie Murray, the NACC’s National Deputy Chair; Baroness Howe; Neel Radia, the NACC’s National Chairman