Welcome to Come Eat Together

Come Eat Together Volunteers

Just a few of our amazing volunteers

Our award winning project brings older people together with food. If you would love to enjoy a meal out in pleasant surroundings but have no-one to go with, contact us on 0191 374 6577.  Our activities include:

  • Lunch clubs, Breakfast Clubs and Afternoon Teas in pleasant venues
  • Help with shopping (shopping cubs, shopping online)
  • Be inspired to brighten up meals at home
  • Grow fruit and vegetables easily at home
  • Opportunities to meet new people & make new friends
  • Volunteering (formal or informal) to help others and get involved

List of current regular activities
Referral form
Project Information Pack
Derwent Valley Diners

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Christmas Afternoon Tea

 

 

Ladies are invited to come get into the Christmas spirit early with Come Eat Together. The volunteers at St Nicholas’ Church in Durham will be hosting a Free Festive Afternoon Tea on Wednesday 6th December 1.30pm until 3.00pm.

Taking place in the coffee lounge at St Nics Church, Market Place, Durham, it’s a chance to catch up with old and new friends over afternoon tea, a cuppa and a mince pie. There will be a fun Christmas quiz with seasonal prizes.

Everyone over 50 is welcome.

Booking is essential. For more information or to book your place please contact the Come Eat Together Team on 0191 374 6577.

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KEEP WARM THIS WINTER WITH AGE UK COUNTY DURHAM

Age UK County Durham wants to ensure older people are fully prepared for the winter months ahead. As part of its annual ‘Keep warm, Keep well’ campaign the charity has five top tips to stay warm this winter

1. Keep warm at home (bedrooms 64°F/18°C and living room 70°F/21°C). Use a thermostat or room thermometer.

2. Keep bedroom windows shut at night. Breathing cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.

3. When indoors stay active and try not to sit still for more than an hour. Walk around or make a hot drink.

4. Eat well, especially in winter. Have at least one hot meal a day and have hot drinks to keep warm. Stock up on basics in case of a cold snap.

5. If you need advice about entitlements or benefits contact Age UK County Durham on 0191 386 3856 www.ageukcountydurham.org.uk

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New men’s breakfast club in Durham

Men who are aged over 50, live on their own or feel lonely can now enjoy a full English and company at a new men’s breakfast club in Pity Me.

Our Come Eat Together project has teamed up with the Pulman Volkswagen in Durham to extend their successful range of men only sessions to provide another relaxed breakfast.

Join us at Cafe Dafte at Pulman Volkswagen, Abbey Road, Durham DH1 5HA on Tuesday 21 November 2017 from 9.30 to 10.45am. Breakfasts cost £4 with a drink.

Andrea Goldie, Development Worker said, “It’s a great opportunity to get together and look at some new cars with the added bonus of enjoying a tasty meal. Our project is about bringing together people aged 50 or older who may live alone, are caring for someone, or might feel lonely. There is always a warm welcome with Come Eat Together.”

Michael Lines, Head of Operations, is delighted to now offer two Men’s Breakfast Clubs, “This monthly breakfast club follows the successful club now running at our bright and cheerful café at the Skoda Garage in Belmont. We now invite men to join us for a full English breakfast with refreshments. It’s great to see the members enjoying good company, reading the newspapers, chatting to staff and having their questions answered.”

For more information or to book a place please contact the Come Eat Together Team on 0191 374 6577 or E-mail cet@ageukcountydurham.org.uk

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Enjoy Christmas Lunch in style at East Durham College on 7 December


Christmas can be a lonely time for people who live on their own or older couples whose families are not around at this festive time.

Catering students at East Durham College wanted to make a difference to older people in their area and so they are opening the doors of their college restaurant ‘Scene 1’ on Thursday 7 December at 12.00 noon to host a stylish Christmas Lunch, exclusive for people over 50 who live on their own or will not be enjoying a social Christmas.

This intergenerational activity gives older people in the area the opportunity to mix with young people who are learning important skills. The students enjoy cooking once a month for our Come Eat Together members and enjoy making extra effort to give them a lovely meal.

It’s also the perfect opportunity for those who live alone or need a break from caring to enjoy good food in good company at Christmas time.

Diners will receive a warm welcome and a 2 course Traditional Christmas Fayre, followed by tea or coffee and Christmas games.

For more information about this or other lunch clubs and to book your place please contact Come Eat Together on 0191 374 6577 or e-mail cet@ageukcountydurham.org.uk

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Don’t fall victim to fraudsters on the phone

 

The home telephone for some is a lifeline, it is a connection to friends & family. It is also a direct line for fraudsters. Older people are often targeted because they are at home during the day, they may be lonely and can be vulnerable to bullying.

Here are some simple tips to help

If cold callers ring you – DO NOT buy anything, give them your personal details or give them details of your bank account, pension or finances.

Take 5 minutes
Stop before calling any companies back on their correct number. Fraudsters can keep a phone line open for up to 10 seconds and even spoof a dial tone. Please do NOT rush to pick up the phone and call back. Put the kettle on and make a cuppa.

Fraudsters may often know your name and other personal details when they call . They may pretend to be authorities /companies you know such as your bank, broadband supplier, HMRC and even the police.

DO NOT trust the caller ID on your phone as fraudsters use technology and can put up any genuine number.

They cannot tell if you have a virus on your computer – it is a scam
Recently there have been a lot of calls where fraudsters say they are a phone/ broadband company and offer to fix your laptop. Hang up! They are trying to manipulate you into giving them access to your computer and online life.

Do not pay anyone in gift cards – it is a scam
Criminals are calling and asking for payment in gift cards, such as ITunes vouchers. They target everyone including vulnerable people. If you know someone living on their own please let them know.

Please talk about this issue and share it with others.

Call blocking technology is an effective way to stop scam calls getting through. 
BT Call Guardian, CPR and TrueCall are three companies who offer call blocking devices and there are call blocker telephones available too. These are a good way of helping to stop telephone fraud and we have heard great feedback on their effectiveness. They are available to purchase through high street retailers and online companies who sell telephones.

If you live in County Durham and would like to know more (or would like to volunteer to help), please contact Age UK County Durham on 0191 386 3856, bts@ageukcountydurham.org.uk and ask for our Beat the Scammers project.

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First birthday of our Derwentside College Lunch Club

We had a wonderful day celebrating the first birthday of our Derwentside College Come Eat Together lunch club.

Angelo the Restaurant Manager who looks after us told us he loves being the centre of attention among our happy members. We can see what he means!

This lunch club is one of four monthly lunch clubs that take place in FE colleges in County Durham. They all offer a two course meal with good company and after lunch activities to enjoy. Meals are prepared and served by the Catering and Hospitality students providing a wonderful opportunity for young and old to interact.

This intergenerational nature of the session gives older people in the area the opportunity to mix with young people who are learning important skills. Members tell us it is the perfect opportunity for those who live alone or need a break from caring to enjoy good food in good company.

Jean is 65 and has been attending for the past year. She said, “It’s a very pleasant afternoon out of the house with lovely students and staff. The meal is brilliant and I’ll be coming each month as long as I’m fit enough to come”.

New College Durham on 1st Tuesday of the month costs £4.70

Derwentside College on 2nd Wednesday of the month costs £6.00

Bishop Auckland College on last Thursday of the month costs £6.50

East Durham Lunch Club on 2nd Thursday of the month costs £5.95

Here is a short film about our college lunch clubs

For more information about our lunch clubs and other Come Eat Together activities please contact us on 0191 374 6577 or cet@ageukcountydurham.org.uk

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Keep warm roadshow at Spennymoor Fire Station

Join us for a Keep Warm, Keep Well coffee morning at Spennymoor Fire Station on Wednesday 25 October between 10.00am and 12.00noon.

Free refreshments will be available and everyone will get a Keep Warm Keep Well information pack to take away with them.

Our team will be doing all they can to offer the help and information people need to keep warm and safe this winter.

Ian our PAT testing volunteer is coming to carry out free safety checks on small household electrical items such as kettles, hair dryers, electric blankets or heaters. Let us know if you might need a hand carrying items in from your car.

Liz from our information and Advice Team will be present to help you save money and to assist you in making sure you are receiving any benefits they may be entitled to or support to grants to help you afford to keep your home warm.

Our Come Eat Together team will be promoting their activities providing good food with good company.

Our Beat the Scammers team will have plenty of tips on how to handle nuisance telephone calls and will take referrals to install free call blockers in the homes of those in need of extra help.

Fire Officers will be available to offer advice and support to older people.

For more information contact Come Eat Together on 0191 374 6577 or cet@ageukcountydurham.org.uk

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An invitation to take part in Durham Book Festival over a cuppa

We invite you to come to a free book related session organised with the Durham Book Festival.

The Book Festival’s very own Charlie Darby-Villis is leading two sessions based around a collection of powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller David Almond. The stories were inspired by his childhood in the north-east of England and we hope our sessions will raise a smile and create conversation.

We have developed these sessions so that older people who have not been involved before can take part in the Durham Book Festival.

Everyone who takes part will receive a copy of the book to keep. You do not need to read the book beforehand, the session will introduce you to the book and you can take your copy away to read and enjoy further.

Sessions are free and take place on

Wednesday 4 October 10.00 – 12.00 at St Aiden’s Church Hall in Framwellgate Moor

Wednesday 11 October 11.00am – 1.00pm at North Road Methodist Church

Places are limited so get in touch to book a place.

Contact us on 0191 374 6577.

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A grow to eat success that keeps on growing

The growing season has been a success for members of Come Eat Together

Our Come Eat Together project volunteers and workers have had great fun delivering plenty of Let’s Get Growing sessions all across County Durham over the spring and summer. We have been welcomed into community venues from church halls and community centres to pubs and restaurants. Older people tell us they have enjoyed the new Let’s Get Growing film, which stars one of our volunteers giving a step by step guide on how to grow your own produce easily in containers at home.

During the sessions participants can choose to have a go at growing their own fruit and vegetables at home. We have taken along seed potatoes to plant in bags and provide to opportunity for people to plant their own peppers, onions, and lettuce seeds and herbs.

The feedback from older people enjoying these sessions has been excellent, with participants commenting “the film showed how easy it is to grow your own vegetables”.

People have been back in touch to thank us so much for the session and to tell us about their success.  

One member told us “From two seed potatoes I have had a crop weighing in at 5 and a half pounds! I am absolutely delighted as I have never grown anything myself before. Not being a driver I even made the effort to get the bus to my local supermarket to buy compost to plant my potatoes in the bag you provided me with at the session. The potatoes are delicious and I have been sharing some of my crop with friends and my neighbours. Others in my Come Eat Together lunch group have also had great success and we all loved the session you provided.”

One group, the Happy Wanderers of Chester le Street invited us back to their group where they brought in examples of what they  have been growing. Others have even sent us photographs of their growing successes as is shown here. Thanks to everyone who has sent us a photo.

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If you would like to participate in a Let’s Get Growing session or for more information please contact the Come Eat Together Team on 0191 374 6577.

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Monday Lunch at Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre


Age UK County Durham’s Come Eat Together Team work in partnership with Newton Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre to bring people aged over 50 in the local area together with food.

Louise Haymer, Development Worker with the project said “Taking place monthly on a Monday, it is the perfect chance to treat yourself to a Roast Lunch followed by a dessert, with the added bonus of no washing up. However, it is not just lunch on offer; this is also about enjoying company. Meet new people and catch up over a tasty meal and a cuppa. Everyone is invited to relax with a variety of after lunch activities such as quizzes and bingo.”

People aged over 50 living in Newton Aycliffe and surrounding areas are invited to enjoy a two course meal with tea and coffee, followed by an activity for £5.00. The next lunch will be held on Monday 11 September at 12noon. Booking is essential. For more information and to book your place please contact the Come Eat Together Team on 0191 374 6577.

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