New kitchen dishes up a tasty future for Stanmore pupils

Ready to cut that ribbon...opening of the new kitchen at 'Stanmore (pic by Lindsay Addison)
Ready to cut that ribbon...opening of the new kitchen at 'Stanmore (pic by Lindsay Addison)

SOMETHING’S cooking at Lanark’s Stanmore House School...and it’s the pupils who are the chefs!

Everyone would love to have an ultra-modern, brand-new kitchen fitted but the one officially unveiled at the school for kids with special needs didn’t represent just a home improvement but a whole life improvement for these youngsters.

To say this new cooking area is custom-built for the Stanmore pupils would be a massive understatement.

It is what is technically termed a ‘switch kitchen’, where every cooker, work surface and cupboard can instantly and automatically be adjusted for the person working it, electronic sensors lowering them to allow a wheelchair-using budding chef to get cooking.

The kitchen will help Stanmore meet its major aim of getting its youngsters as well prepared as possible for a later life outside the school, living as independently as possible.

It is the second major facility to be provided to the school by the charity Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.

For more on this, and more photographs, see this week’s Carluke and Lanark Gazette.