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New charity-run restaurant served up for Derbyshire community

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Published by kerri smith for Reach the People Charity in Housing and also in Communities

A Midlands-based charity and housing provider has launched its latest social enterprise with the opening of a new restaurant and bistro at a purpose-built “village” for older people in Derbyshire.

The Oakland Village Restaurant – part of a multi-million pound sheltered scheme in Swadlincote which has recently started welcoming its first residents – opened to the general public on Friday (25th January).

Based within the £20 million complex, off Hall Farm Road, it comprises a restaurant, bistro and bar for members of the wider Swadlincote community to enjoy.

It is one of a number of businesses at Oakland Village which are open to the public, including the Havana Studio hair salon. A gym and convenience store are also due to open shortly.

They are being run through an innovative partnership between local companies and Trident Reach the People Charity, which provides various support services at Oakland Village and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the sheltered scheme.

Richard Bullock, Hospitality Manager for Trident Reach, said: “The restaurant is fantastic, with great décor and wonderful food.

“We offer a carvery and an a la carte menu in the restaurant, plus meals in the bar and breakfasts, lunches, sandwiches and snacks in the bistro.

“They have already proved popular with our residents here and we look forward to welcoming members of the wider Swadlincote community from this Friday.”

The bistro is open from 8am to 4pm and bar meals are available from midday to 5pm, seven days a week. The 70-seater restaurant will open Mondays to Saturdays from 6pm to 9.30pm and Sundays for a carvery from midday to 7pm.

Richard added: “It is the first time Trident Reach, as a charity, has managed such social enterprises on a large scale. The idea is to create a village where everything is on the doorstep for our residents and for the place to become a real part of the Swadlincote community.”

Bookings for Oakland Village Restaurant can be made on 01283 240594 and for the Havana Studio hair salon on 01283 225121.

Oakland Village also boasts a village hall-style function room which can seat 110 people and cater for parties, wedding receptions and other occasions.

The scheme, which has 88 one and two-bedroom apartments, offers independent living for people age 55 and over, with the back-up of round-the-clock care and support, plus a range of communal facilities. There is also a specialist residential care centre with 32 beds for people needing extra support.

Building work on Oakland Village started in 2010. It is due to be fully open by March but 29 new residents have already moved in.

The village is managed by Trident Reach, in partnership with Trident Housing Association, Derbyshire County Council and South Derbyshire District Council.

Trident Reach is a Midlands-based charity which provides a range of housing and support services to vulnerable people across the region, including older people, those with disabilities, the homeless, young people and women fleeing domestic abuse.

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