Meals in your community
There can be a variety of reasons why you might find it difficult to maintain a balanced diet. You may no longer feel motivated to cook for yourself or feel that eating is more of a social activity. Your health or disability can also make the physical or mental process of preparing a meal more difficult.
There are a number of services within South Gloucestershire that can enable you to have a hot meal.
If you would like to get out in your community, see our transport pages for more information and advice.
- Hot meals delivered to your door
- Community centres, cafes and restaurants
- Lunch clubs
- Take away meal delivery services
- Support from a carer
South Gloucestershire Council offer a community meal or ‘meals on wheels’ service 7 days a week. 365 days of the year.
This service is available to anyone who, for whatever reason, is unable to cater for themselves. It can be particularly helpful in supporting older, disabled or vulnerable people. It can also provide short term respite to people when they leave hospital, helping them get back on their feet.
The community meals service prepare fresh hot meals each morning which can be delivered directly to your from £5.80 per meal. This price also includes a pudding.
The delivery driver will also check that you are safe and well. If the driver has any concerns about you, for instance if you do not answer the door when they call, they will contact someone to check and make sure you are alright e.g. a family member or neighbour.
At the same time of delivering a hot meal, they can also bring you a light supper which may include sandwiches, cake, yoghurt and fresh fruit. The additional cost of supper starts from £3.40.
The service is flexible, you can have meals either daily, for a short period (for example if you are not feeling well) or just once a week if you prefer. You call the Community meals team to place your order.
All meals are paid for by direct debit and the community meals team can help you with any paperwork.
Many community centres within South Gloucestershire include community café’s offering meals at affordable prices and putting you in contact with your local community.
To find your local community centre and the facilities they provide, use the search for information and services at the top of this page.
Some extra care housing developments for those aged over 55 within South Gloucestershire have restaurant facilities which are also open to the general public. Contact details and more information on these can be found within the South Gloucestershire Extra Care Magazine.
- Cambrian Green Court, Yate. Opens 12-1.30pm Lunch daily, Cash payment only
Stoke Gifford Retirement Village. Opens 9-2pm Breakfast and lunch daily, card payment (contactless) available and preferred
- Badminton Gardens, Downend. Coffee Shop opens from 10.30 – 2pm, Restaurant opens from 12-2 (last service 1.15pm). Cash payment only, £6.50 for 2 course meal
You can also find out any local activities that are happening when visiting these facilities.
Lunch clubs bring people together in the community over a hot meal. There are a wide range of clubs for all ages in the South Gloucestershire and the Bristol area.
Each club will vary in price, some offer a free service where others have a small fee to cover costs, these start from around £2.
Clubs aimed at older people in the community may also provide transport and other social activities, however they cannot provide physical or personal care.
To find lunch clubs in your area use the 'search for information and services' at the top of this page.
From a roast dinner to a fish and chip supper, there is a variety of hot take away meals you can have delivered to your door for al delivery fee or minimum order amount.
You can call the restaurant, local pub or take away directly to place your order or in many cases order over the internet.
There are a number of websites available to help you find the type of food you want to order. If they deliver to your area, you can also choose your food using an online menu.
If you do not have access to the internet, you may be able to ask a friend or family member to place your order on your behalf.
If you are unable to access the above services on your own because:
you require someone to physically support you, or
you need help to prepare, prompt or assist you to eat and drink
then you will need to have a Social Care assessment in line with the Care Act 2014.
For more information on the cost of community services and to see how much you are likely to pay read Paying for adult social care and support if you live in your own home. You can also ask for an estimate by calling the Finance and Benefits team (FAB) on 01454 864269 or email FABTEAM@southglos.gov.uk, or use our care costs calculator.
You can refer yourself for a Social Care assessment by calling the Adult Care Desk 01454 868007.
Minicom: 01454 868010 (Due to a technical problem, the Minicom service is not currently available) You can contact us using the SMS text service on 07950 080111).