On Wednesday 16th March 2016, as part of the Worldwide Hydration and Nutrition Week 2016, the Travel and Tourism students in conjunction with The National Association of Care Caterers are preparing to stage Jersey’s Biggest Afternoon Tea Party Ever for over 55s across multiple venues in the island.
Currently, in the initial stages of planning, the students are encouraging local care and residential homes to participate and stage their own afternoon tea party, in order to help break the current Guinness World Record!
Joining forces are the local Care Sector with support from the Travel & Tourism Team at Highlands College who are aiming to help raise awarenessof the importance of good nutritional care, which includes hydration, in all social and health care settings throughout Jersey.
The Day will focus on providing vital advice to health and social professionals on the action that can be taken to help prevent undernutrition and dehydration at the main venue located at Highlands College Concert Hall.
The Office of National Statistics has indicated that both malnutrition and dehydration are factors that are cited in the cause of death of over 420 people in social and health caresettings every year in the UK, which could have a considerable impact in Jersey.
From a nutrition and hydration perspective, Afternoon Tea, clearly supports the ‘three meals and two snacks a day’ message, it will help with boosting calorific intake if required, and it can be adapted for all groups, including those with specific dietary needs, texture modification and eating problems.
The grand Afternoon Tea Party that will run from 15:00-17:00 welcomes senior citizens who live on their own or in residential communities to join a social event at Highlands College for an afternoon full of joy and entertainment. Tickets are free, but the students hope that each participant will give a small donation in aid of local charities.
Each care establishment, which will be willing to participate, will also hold an Afternoon Tea Party with suitable entertainment for their residents, families and friends contributing to this worldwide cause.