Coverage of the project by BBC Look North

BBC Look NorthWe are still buzzing with excitement about the National Lottery Awards. We would like to congratulate all the finalists  and as winners are announced for projects from the education, sport, arts and heritage categories we are thrilled for them as we appreciate how they must have promoted their projects as we did ours. The best health category has still to be announced, and we thought we would share some of our enjoyment looking back at when BBC Look North came to film our project in July.

Jonathon Swingler from the BBC was very friendly and professional. He made everyone he spoke to feel at ease and spent a long time making sure that he got plenty of views and heard how Come Eat Together is helping older people feel valued as volunteers and more included in their community. He recorded a great piece that went out on BBC Radio Newcastle and a piece for Look North our early evening regional BBC news programme.

Click here to see the short film .

Anna and DorothyWe also welcomed Anna Snowdon from BBC Radio Tees to our Dine and Dance in Shildon. The Civic Hall opens its doors once a month and older people enjoy a delicious hot meal and 2 hours of live tea dance music. The sparkly shoes are on show but that is nothing compared to the big smiles and sparkling eyes as people twirl around the dance floor or enjoy the lovely music from Graeme Scarlett. Anna interviewed lots of members who told her what Come Eat Together means to them.

Here is a photo of Anna interviewing Dorothy (94) who says that the project helps her to socialise and meet up with people she wouldn’t see otherwise.  Later we went to Middlesborough to be interviewed on BBC Radio Tees – it was great to talk about the difference Come Eat Together is making.

 

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How does a monthly ‘High Tea’ in Durham sound to you?

Age UK County Durham’s Come Eat Together project and Durham Market Hall would like you to help us out!

Cakes durham marketAs part of our Come Eat Together project, which promotes the benefits of both healthy eating and good company, we and Durham Markets would like to know if there is an ‘appetite!’ for a ‘High Tea Club’ for the over 50s, to be held once a month, from 2pm to 3.30pm.

The event would combine ‘Afternoon Tea’ in Café Cenno with the chance to socialise, whether that’s a good old fashioned chat, or games such as bingo or beetle?

Would you, a member of your family or someone you know be interested in coming to a ‘High Tea Club’?

If yes can you please contact Age UK County Durham on 0191 374 6577 so we can gauge interest or email cet@ageukcountydurham.org.uk? Thank you

Please share this post widely, so that we can get the best response possible …

You can also see this news item on our Facebook page .

 

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Thank you for your support

Voting for the National Lottery Good Causes Awards has now closed.
Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us, your support means a lot to the organisation and, importantly, to the isolated and vulnerable older people that you’re helping us to reach.

We will post the results of the vote as soon as we get them. Thanks again.

CET team

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Last chance to vote for Age UK County Durham project Come Eat Together

The voting closes at midnight on Wednesday 23 July

If you have not already voted, please go to our voting page at http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/come-eat-together  or
Tel 0844 836 9699

CET teamHere at Age UK County Durham we are delighted that our innovative Come Eat Together project which has recently been awarded a flagship grant from the Big Lottery Fund is a finalist in The National Lottery Awards.

Winning this award will significantly raise the profile of Come Eat Together as we roll it out across County Durham, helping us to reach more vulnerable older people and addressing their real problems of social isolation and malnutrition in local, practical and sustainable ways.

Every vote counts, so we really appreciate your support! Please ask your colleagues, friends and family to vote for us.

Thank you to all those who have already voted. Along with John Torode from Masterchef you are helping to raise awareness of the need to help older people who experience loneliness and social isolation. Here are some photos of others who have voted for us!

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New film about Come Eat Together – MasterChef star gets cooking tips from Co Durham older people

Here is a film that was made the day that John Torode came to spend the day with us!

To vote for Come Eat Together, please visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/come-eat-together  or telephone 0844 836 9699. Voting runs until midnight on Wednesday 23 July. And if you have voted already, then please encourage a friend to vote.

You can follow us on twitter: find us at @AgeUkCoDurham
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Masterchef’s John Torode thinks we’re brilliant!

21 John with the banner 2MasterChef star and celebrity chef John Torode cooked up a storm as he joined older people from our Come Eat Together project at a special lunch yesterday(Tuesday 15 July).

The Australian-born TV presenter and restaurateur visited our monthly Dining Circle in East Stanley where he dished out top marks to our campaign to be named the UK’s Best Health project in this year’s National Lottery Awards.

26 Lunch is nearly cooked 2His visit was organised for us by the National Lottery Good Causes to help demonstrate how their funding is spent making a difference to people and communities. It was a great boost for us as we are hoping to see our work celebrated at the star-studded National Lottery Awards on BBC One in September. John’s visit helped us to demonstrate how our project aims to improve older people’s diets and allow them to cook and enjoy healthy food together through a series of lunch clubs and dining circles. Continue reading

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Why are people voting for us in the National Lottery Awards?

We all votedWe are asking our members why they think our Come Eat Together project is so important and why they are voting for us. Here are some of their answers….

 

 

 

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We would love it if you would kindly add your vote to theirs.

Thank you for voting ed

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Take 100 seconds to see the difference we make!

Come Eat Together aims to bring people together with food. We have made a short film that we hope will give people a flavour of what it’s all about.

We have reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards and are competing against 6 other projects for the title of Best Health Project.

Winning this award will significantly raise the profile of Come Eat Together as we roll it out across County Durham, helping us to reach more vulnerable older people and addressing their real problems of social isolation and malnutrition in local, practical and sustainable ways.

We need your vote to help us win!  Please support us by visiting http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/come-eat-together to cast your vote or vote by phone on 0844 836 9699.

Every vote counts, so we really appreciate your support! Please ask your colleagues, friends and family to vote for us.  Thank you.

 

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Exciting news! – Come Eat Together needs your vote!

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Staff at Age UK County Durham proudly showing off our finalist’s banner!

Here at Age UK County Durham we are delighted that our innovative Come Eat Together project which has recently been awarded a flagship grant from the Big Lottery Fund is a finalist in The National Lottery Awards.

The awards are an annual search to find the UKs favourite lottery funded projects and celebrate and recognise the difference that those projects have made to people, places and communities.

Come Eat Together is competing against 6 other projects for the title of Best Health Project.

Winning this award will significantly raise the profile of Come Eat Together as we roll it out across County Durham, helping us to reach more vulnerable older people and addressing their real problems of social isolation and malnutrition in local, practical and sustainable ways.

 

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Bringing the generations together with food

Food served with a smileOur Come Eat Together project has an intergenerational aspect to it too. As families move away, grow up or have busy lives, many older people find they miss the company of young people. Older people who don’t have contact with young people can sometimes feel less confident when they are among young people, especially if they are in a group. Young people can feel just the same when they are with a group of older people; they’re not sure what to say or how to talk to them.

At Age UK County Durham we try where possible to make it possible to bring older and younger people together in meaningful ways to help break down the barrier between the generations.

When Bishop Auckland College offered to open their college to our project and brought their students to meet with Come Eat Together members and plan the new lunch club, wonderful things started to happen. Our members were delighted to meet the young students and were immediately excited about the prospect of interacting with them on a regular basis in the beauty salon and IT rooms. The students were initially more reserved, however by the end of the planning meeting and after giving the members a tour of their campus, everyone was more relaxed.

The Lunch club at Bishop Auckland College has gone from strength to strength. It is always fully subscribed and the students from Hospitality & Catering and Social Care & Health departments have told us they really enjoy their experience and value their contact time with our older members.

Here you can see a short video which we hope gives a flavour of this successful partnership.

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