Come Eat Together activities

Click here for our latest Activity Programme

Click here for our project leaflet

dvd group2A lot of older people are enjoying a happy Christmas because they are members of Come Eat Together. Whether they are dining, shopping, talking about or learning about food, there are more opportunities for laughter and friendship than before. The photo left shows some members from our Derwent Valley Diners and Derwentside shopping buddies enjoying Christmas lunch together!
We wish you a happy Christmas!

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The Met Office has issued a Cold Weather Alert for our region

keep warm keep wellOlder people need to be aware that there is a strong chance of temperatures falling below 2°C from  Monday 11 January to Friday 22 January, so please make you have you need to keep warm and well.  

Coldest temperatures will develop first in the North where there is a high risk of snow showers, particularly over hills, and overnight frosts.


Please make sure you have everything you need to keep warm and well.

As you get older it takes longer to warm up which can be bad for your health. The cold thickens blood and increases blood pressure, and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.

The ideal temperature for a bedroom is 64°F (18°C) and 70°F (21°C) for a living room. We advise older people to check their thermostat or use a room thermometer to monitor temperature, and keep their bedroom windows shut on a winter’s night.

More detailed forecasts for individual regions can be found on the Met Office website

If you live in County Durham visit our Age UK County Durham website for more information

Click here to download a useful leaflet



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Celebrating Christmas with Our Volunteers

Come Eat Together VolunteersVolunteers from around the county have enjoyed an informative and fun morning at Age UK House.

We were able to share information about how the Come Eat Together project is progressing and demonstrate the tremendous impact their valuable volunteering time is making to older people.

Volunteers taste unusual foodThese meetings are always an opportunity for people to catch up with those they know and make friends with new volunteers. There was a lively chatty atmosphere in the break and everyone said how much they enjoyed the social element.

This was followed by a Christmas quiz and, because we are a food loving project we had some fun tasting and guessing some unusual foods.

We ended our morning with refreshments and a seasonably festive game of Pass the Parcel to Christmas music!

Merry Christmas from all of us!

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Come Eat Together is featured in The People’s Friend Christmas Special

CET in people's friend“The People’s Friend” magazine is famous for being packed with heartwarming short stories, two exclusive serial instalments, cookery, craft, travel, health, puzzles, gardening and more. With The People’s Friend you’re in the company of friends!

And the Christmas Special (on sale 9 December 2015) includes a double page spread about our Come Eat Together project! Everyone is absolutely thrilled. There are photographs of members and volunteers with quotes and stories.  We would like to thank Doreen and Pat, two of our members who were interviewed by Alex, the reporter from the magazine.

We hope you will take a look at the article which we feel complements the spirit of the magazine. Providing lots of opportunities for people to enjoy time in the company of friends!

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Kitchen gardens bring pleasure to many

tomato plant fruit2_edited-1Growing your own fruit and vegetables can bring pleasure as well as provide healthy fresh produce to make meals more interesting.

After an enjoyable few months informing and promoting the joys of growing your own, one of our valued volunteers, David gave us this piece for our blog to give us his perspective on his contribution.

I have been helping the Come Eat Together team with their ‘Grow to eat’ activity for the past few months at many locations in the county. I have led short discussions on ‘Kitchen gardens for seniors’ for the participants.

It’s gratifying for me to note that the sessions are well received by them. They are pleased to learn the principles behind some routine gardening activities such as fertilizer application and pest control.

We take seedlings and seed packets to the meetings and offer them to those who attend. These have made it easy for people to start growing their own and has  encouraged them to grow some vegetables in their homes, gardens and back yards.

Sara, Project Coordinator for Come Eat Together said
“We receive lots of positive feedback from Come Eat Together members who have been informed, motivated and inspired to grow fruit and vegetables at home. We have people who have started growing salads in old washing up bowls and planting potatoes in containers which once held flowers. There are tomatoes in porches and fresh herbs on windowsills for the first time”.

Some comments we have received include:

Esteris“I can’t believe how easy it is to grow at home. I’m excited to get home to try it out”

“I’ve learnt a lot about tomato plants and lots of tips on how to make them grow well”

“I liked that you can reuse all your plastic pots to grow plants in. No expensive equipment is needed”

“The speaker was so interesting I could  have listened to him for much longer talk”

“I’ve learnt different ways to plant, nourish and care for plants and vegetables and how to keep slugs and snails at bay!”


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Keep warm, keep well event Wed 25 November

KWKW ACH 2Why not pop along to Age Concern House in Durham (next to the Bus Station) next Wednesday 25 November from 10am -12noon and 1 – 3pm.

We’ll be serving refreshments and giving out useful information.

We have a PAT testing service and will test your electric blankets or small items.

You will also be able to see the new ‘Quingo’ scooter available through Age UK.


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No one should have no one

older lady sits alone More than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.

Contrary to what many people think, loneliness is not a normal part of ageing, and it not only makes life miserable, it can have a serious impact on your physical and mental health too. Our Come Eat Together project provides crucial companionship and support to older people across County Durham by bringing people together to make a difference. If you would like to help, please contact us on 0191 375 6577 or email us at

We also want local and national government to understand that older people’s loneliness really matters; and we want them commit to take action with us to prevent and tackle it.

And we recognise that loneliness can’t be tackled by Government action alone. We all have a role to play as individuals, families and communities in ensuring older people feel valued and included and that’s why we’re asking everyone to join us in taking action.

Please sign and share the Age UK national petition to demonstrate that loneliness in later life needs to be addressed: No one should have no one  #NoOne

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County Durham has a new local information website

LocateDurham County Council has developed a new website called  Locate  (find it at which contains a  wide range of care and support products and services, leisure and community activities to help local people to live as independently as possible.

Locate offers options for support at home, such as help with odd jobs, everyday living aids, equipment to make life easier and home care. It includes voluntary services, support for carers, day care opportunities and residential care information. As well as listing opportunities to keep active and involved such as clubs, sports and social activities.

The easy-to-use site also features a journey planner to help people plan their route to services on foot or by car, bicycle or public transport, and a link to the Care Quality Commission website, where ratings for regulated services are available – click here to see Locate in action.

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Beat the winter blues with high tea and company

Cafe Cenno high tea round_edited-lowA warm welcome to everyone who has started to follow our Come Eat Together blog recently.

On the website you will find the Activities Sheet with details of regular activities, venues, times and costs. You can also find a leaflet about the project.

When you receive an email alert, click on the blue subject heading and you will be taken to the website where you can enjoy the site in all its glory. We have short film clips and photo slide shows to enjoy.

Come Eat Together is not just about dining in style. Once you join Come Eat Together, you can choose which activities would interest you most – whether it is learning to shop online, help with shopping, growing your own fruit, herbs or vegetables or learning how to ensure you enjoy a healthy diet as you get older. Talk to our team about what you would like to do and how you would like to be involved as there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. Beat the winter blues with some good company!

One activity providing an enjoyable afternoon of good company with food is the High Tea at Café Cenno in Durham’s beautiful Indoor Market. The next session is Tuesday 24 November, 2.30 – 4.00pm. The cost is £4.00 and a classic afternoon high tea is served followed an enjoyable social activity such as a fun quiz or Beetle. We made a short film to show you what it’s all about which is show below. We hope you enjoy seeing how the staff at Café Cenno and the Indoor Market bring a smile to everyone’s faces. The market also host a Gentleman’s Breakfast and watch out for another blog about that coming soon!

If you are interested in any activities, please contact the team on 0191 374 6577 or

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Meet, Play and Eat at Oakleaf Sports Complex

Archery 1Our Come Eat Together team working in partnership with Oakleaf Sports Complex launched an exciting new lunch for the over 50s this month. Meet, Play and Eat is an opportunity to meet new people, try an exciting new activity and eat a delicious lunch.

Participants had the chance to try Arrows, a less strenuous form of Archery. Although tricky to begin with, after some practice there were a few bullseyes and plenty of laughs. This was followed by fish and chips or sausage and mash in the warm and friendly bar.

Running on the first Friday of each month the lunch offers an opportunity to try a new and exciting activity each month followed by a delicious meal for the affordable price £5.00.

Come along on Friday 6 November to play classic table top games such as Dominoes, Shove Ha’Penny, Quoits and Bar Skittles.

Other up and coming activities include Target Bowls, Table Tennis and Short Tennis.

For more information and to book your place please contact The Come Eat Together Team on 0191 374 6577 or e-mail For the latest news, videos follow our blog.

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