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.

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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.

John joined volunteers in the kitchen and helped to serve meals before sitting down to enjoy a traditional wholesome north-east meal of mince dumplings, new potatoes and fresh vegetables with Eton Mess for dessert. He said:

“A healthy and nutritious diet is crucially important at all stages of life. But Come Eat Together is so much more than just cooking. It was delightful to see how cooking and dining brings so many people together and can help combat isolation and loneliness amongst older people. Come Eat Together gets top marks from me – their food was delicious and their company even better. National Lottery players can be proud to have supported their work.”

32 John chats with HarrietHarriet Gibbon, Chief Executive of Age UK County Durham, added:

“We were delighted to have John Torode with us today. Our lunch clubs and dining circles are tremendous social occasions and an extremely important part of peoples’ lives. Many older people are lonely but they put on a brave face.

Come Eat Together provides a vital network which allows older people to live an independent and active lifestyle whilst improving their ability to access, grow, cook and enjoy healthy food together. We hope the public will recognize the work we carry out and vote for us to be named the UK’s Best Health Project.”

To vote for Come Eat Together, please visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/come-eat-together  or telephone 0844 836 9699 and follow the campaign on twitter: hashtag #NLAwards.  Voting runs until midnight on Wednesday 23 July.

19 In the kitchenWe found John to be very friendly and he had a real laugh with us. He also really understood how loneliness and malnutrition can go hand in hand. We had reporters, photographers and film crews. It was all rather exciting! Below you can see a slide show of photographs from John’s visit, including what we called ‘Media madness’!

A big thank you to John and the National Lottery Good Causes team for a great day!

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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. Please vote at http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/come-eat-together

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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.

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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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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Healthy Eating for Older People – a new short film

Older people taking part in our Healthy Eeating for Older People courseAs we get older we need to adapt our diets to respond to changes in our nutritional needs.

We have developed an interactive course which, over a number of sessions, helps people identify changes that they can make to their own meals to make them more nutritious or simply more interesting. In our blog in January 2014 we shared some photos and comments from people who have enjoyed the course.

We asked some of them to take part in a short 2 minute film which you can see here. If you would be interested in taking part in this course, please contact the Come Eat Together team on 0191 374 6577 or click here to go to our Contact Us page.

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Come Eat Together activity flier

Come Eat Together activities picOur new flier is now available with information about our different activities in Shildon, Bishop Auckland, Durham and Stanley.

Click here to download a PDF version.

If you would like a copy of the flier sent out to you or if you are interested in joining any of our activities please contact the team on 0191 374 6577 as booking is essential.

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Terry and Jennie’s story

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Everyone is delighted our project will continue to make a difference. Terry and Jennie from East Stanley are among them. They feature on the Big Lottery Fund’s coverage of the Silver Dreams Flagship funding. This is their story.

Jennie and Terry Sheppard dropped into Age UK County Durham’s centre in Stanley on a whim at the end of last summer and have never looked back. Living just a stone’s throw from the centre, they were interested to see what went on inside and unlike the infamous, fated cat; their curiosity led them into a gastronomic adventure when they learnt about Come Eat Together.

Jennie was keen for them to get involved with Come Eat Together’s Healthy Eating for Older People course as soon as she heard about it, although she did have an ulterior motive.

A self-proclaimed ‘discerning eater’, until recently Terry (70) was a keen horticulturalist. Sadly, arthritis had impacted on his ability to tend his two allotments and he had to give them up, so Jennie (67) thought it would be a good idea for him to learn to cook and use shop-bought produce to their best advantage in healthy, tasty meals.

They both enjoyed the course so much and felt that they got so much from it that they wanted to go a stage further and embarked enthusiastically on another course to learn about Mediterranean style cookery, which has now become part of their life-style. (Click here to find out more about the Mediterranean Cooking Club).

Still waiting for spaces to come up in the Come Eat Together dining circle at Stanley which is so popular it is subscribed to the max, Terry and Jennie now regularly enjoy a healthy taste of Italy, Spain, Portugal or Greece in the comfort of their own home at a fraction of a restaurant’s price tag.

Jennie said: “For Terry and me, the Age UK cooking sessions have been a great eye opener – especially for Terry. We also have met new friends and are doing more because of the courses. The recipes provided by the course are great and the tutors were lovely as well. Here’s to more.”

Terry and Jennie’s story was kindly compiled by the Big Lottery Fund team. The full article about Come Eat Together can be found here.

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