Section 17 Restaurant

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Chevron What is Section 17 Restaurant?

Chevron Section 17 Restaurant aims

Chevron When is the restaurant open and how can I book?

Chevron Section 17 Restaurant roles and skills developed



What is Section 17 Restaurant?

Section 17 Restaurant (S17) is a training restaurant where patients are supported by both occupational therapy and catering staff to produce a three-course meal in a fully equipped professional kitchen. It is open on selected dates, usually once a month. There is one sitting at 12pm, although there is occasionally an evening opening. It is open to all including patients, staff and members of the public.



Section 17 Restaurant aims

One of the aims is to provide a workplace environment, where patients can have the opportunity to engage in a work-related occupation and develop a vocational role. The assumption that people with severe mental illness CANNOT or DO NOT want to WORK is so fixed in clinical culture that the work question is rarely asked, however College of Occupational Therapists suggest that when looking at wider recovery goals for those with mental health needs, including those in secure settings it should be asked.

The second aim is to challenge barriers and stigma that is associated with individuals with mental health issues and employment. Stigma involves both negative perceptions and social rejection and arises from myths and misunderstandings around mental illness. S17 wishes to change negative attitudes toward the mentally ill through direct interactions with the affected persons.



When is the restaurant open and how can I book?

Members of the Section 17 Restaurant Team would like to invite you to book a table at one of our lunchtime opening dates. We need your continued support to ensure our project is a success and so that those involved can learn new skills, gain qualifications and increase confidence. Individuals, family members and members of the public are all welcome. We have just one sitting on each date at 12:00 Noon with a limited number of seats.

Upcoming restaurant dates:

  • 00 January 00 **insert dates**
  • 00 March 00    **insert dates**
  • 00 April 00       **insert dates**

Bookings can be made by contacting 01709 870800, Ext 3850.

The menu is priced at a very reasonable £12.00 for three courses and beverages. Please let us know when booking if you have any special dietary requirements or needs.

We look forward to welcoming you to Section 17 Restaurant.

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Section 17 Restaurant roles and skills developed

In S17 we offer 2 roles, front of house and kitchen assistant.

Some of the skills needed and developed are

  • Social skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Understanding the importance of health and hygiene
  • Stamina
  • Team working
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • A solid sense of humour!!

Some of the roles and responsibilities of front of house include:

  • Prepare tables according to the proper etiquette and set up restaurant
  • Offer menu and take orders from customers
  • Collect meals from the kitchen and present the food to the customer
  • Clear pots and return room to normal

The Front of House role gives patients the opportunity to do a qualification in hotel work.

Some of the roles of the kitchen assistant include:

  • Washing, peeling, chopping and cutting vegetables
  • Heating ovens and working on a gas hob
  • To wash and dry kitchen pots/ utensils and ensure their proper storage
  • Ensure a high level of health and safety, cleanliness and food hygiene and to ensure that safe working practices are followed

The kitchen assistant role gives patients the opportunity to do a qualification in catering.

Dishes are prepared in a fully equipped professional kitchen using local and seasonal produce. We also use the Farm Shop produce where possible. Supported by the Occupational Therapy Team and Hotel Services Team a menu is offered which reflects today’s trends and styles.



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