The power of partnerships

Howdens ceo Matthew Ingle with Leonard Cheshire chief executive Neil HeslopWe couldn’t do all the work we do without the support of corporate partners like Howdens Joinery.

They support us in many different ways, including donating brand new inclusive kitchens to our services.

The specialist equipment in these kitchens makes it much easier for people to prepare their own food and drinks. So, residents can be more independent, which in turn builds their confidence. Howdens kitchens have made a huge impact in places such as Arnold House, our care home for physically disabled adults in Enfield, London.

Howdens donated their first accessibile kitchen in 2005 and 32 kitchens last year alone.

In 2017 Howdens plans to install our 100th accessible kitchen 

Food for the soul at Arnold House

Kirk in an accessible kitchenWhen Howdens discovered residents at Arnold House couldn’t use their kitchen independently, they designed a new kitchen based on residents’ needs.

Now, the kitchen features an adjustable-height sink, accessible hobs, and user-friendly cupboard units. You’ll find residents in their new kitchen at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

They also enjoy supper clubs and group activities, making mealtimes fun and sociable – just as they should be.

‘With the new kitchen, I don’t need to rely so much on the staff. Making my own drinks has done wonders for my confidence and also encouraged me to try being independent in other areas.’

— Kirk, resident at Arnold House