Welcome to Come Eat Together

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
  • Opportunities to meet new people & make new friends
  • Help with shopping (shopping cubs, shopping online)
  • Inspiration to brighten up meals at home
  • Help to grow fruit and vegetables easily at home
  • Opportunities to get involved through volunteering

List of regular activities
Referral form
Project Information Pack

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Mon 21 May – Sunday 27 May is Dementia Awareness Week

Mon 21 May – Sunday 27 May is Dementia Awareness Week and we are thinking about those who live with Dementia and those who support them.

Our team at Age UK County Durham are trained in understanding and supporting people who are living with Dementia and their families and carers. Many of our team are Dementia Champions and we train our volunteers to be Dementia Friends.

Come Eat Together is an intergenerational project and we train young people to be Dementia Friends. We help them understand what it is like to live with Dementia and how they, as young people, can help.

We welcome people with Dementia who want company to our Come Eat Together activities. We have many members who have joined the project with a partner who is living with Dementia and have found it provides opportunity to relax and enjoy a meal our together.

Lunch clubs such as our Dine and Dance at Shildon Civic Hall (in the photo above) follow a delicious freshly cooked lunch with 2 hours of live tea dance music; wonderful for those who can perhaps remember to dance or sing along even if their short term memory is fading.

Members also take part in our shopping clubs, Let’s Get Growing activities and our Eat Well Feel Great course. They tell us that Come Eat Together helps them establish a network of support, get useful information and support and know who to contact for further help should it be needed.

Contact us on 0191 374 6577 for more information.

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Celebrating the Royal Wedding in Style

Many thanks to the students and staff at Derwentside College and Bishop Auckland College who made it possible for members of Come Eat Together to celebrate the Royal Wedding 2018 in style.

We have enjoyed afternoons of friendship, delicious food, sharing of memories and old wedding photos.

At Bishop Auckland College the students joined our members for a game of New Age Kurling (to use up some of the calories from the cakes!) .

Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan from us. #Weloveourjob

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State of the nation: Older people and malnutrition in the UK today

A recent State of the Nation report published by the Malnutrition Task Force called “Older people and malnutrition in the UK today” focuses on the scale of the challenge of malnutrition in later life.

As Come Eat Together aims to improve people’s access to and enjoyment of healthy, nutritious food in later life, we were interested to see what it said. We thought we would share some of the key findings with you.

What is malnutrition?
Malnutrition means literally poor or bad nutrition. It is both a cause and a consequence of ill health and is a silent and, all too often, hidden problem. It will affect health and wellbeing, increasing hospital admissions, and can lead to long-term health problems for otherwise healthy and independent older people.

For many older people, malnutrition is characterised by low body weight or weight loss, meaning simply that some older people are not eating well enough to maintain their health and wellbeing. It is usually unintentional and often goes unrecognised until it begins to impact seriously on someone’s health. It can be a cause and a consequence of ill-health and can lead to long term conditions and increasing hospital admissions.

Of the 11.6 million older people in the UK, over a million are estimated to be malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. This means that on average around one in ten people over the age of 65 are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition.

The Malnutrition Task Force has identified a number of factors

Lack of awareness

  • Lack of recognition that widely publicised advice about diet and nutrition is often unsuitable for older or more vulnerable members of society.
  • A myth that it is ‘normal’ to get thin as you get older, with people believing that becoming frail is all but inevitable in later life.
  • Health messages and public health policy are preoccupied with obesity, so that weight loss is seen as desirable.
  • Although physical health and long term conditions such as COPD, poorly fitting dentures or dental problems and Dementia impact on diet, social factors impact greatly on malnutrition.

Loneliness

  • More than 1 million older people in the UK say they often or always feel lonely. Loneliness is frequently under-recognised or diagnosed.
  • Feeling lonely is related to a sense of loss of a role or a lack of people to identify with. Some people can feel lonely in a group whilst others enjoy being alone.
  • Loneliness and a lack of sense of belonging or purpose can lead to depression, a lack of interest in food and cooking, or a belief that such activities have no value. This increases a person’s risk of malnutrition, ill health and makes loneliness worse.

Isolation – stuck at home or lacking good company

  • Isolation is defined as a lack of contact with other people.
  • Reasons include feeling trapped at home, moving house in later life or a lack of engagement within their community or support to do so. According to a survey in 2014, 2.9 million people aged over 65 in Britain feel they have no one to turn to for help and support.
  • Enforced isolation can lead to loneliness, depression, loss of appetite and ill health.

Transitions or big changes in later life
Transitions in later life, such as bereavement or becoming a carer for a loved one can lead to loss of appetite and struggling to cook and maintain good nutrition. Yet those life changes are common among older people.

  • Carers – Every year, over 2.1 million adults become carers and almost as many people find that their caring responsibilities come to an end, meaning that caring will touch the lives of most of the population. Today, almost 1.3 million people in England and Wales aged 65 or older are carers.
  • Bereavement – In later life bereavements occur more frequently and are more common. Older people commonly experience loss of a husband, wife or partner, siblings and other relatives, friends, former colleagues and associates. Loss through bereavement can be a major stress, and along with other losses experienced in later life, can reduce older people’s ability to cope and be independent.

These life changes may mean that people have less money or have to eat, sleep and live alone for the first time, or be faced with household or financial tasks that they haven’t done before. They may become lonely and isolated, and lose appetite or struggle to cook for themselves.

Income
Low income can affect access to basic necessities like heating, transport and food as well as opportunities to meet people, socialise and stay in touch with family and friends. This can lead to loneliness, isolation and depression and an overall reduction in quality of life.

Our Come Eat Together project makes a big difference

The report states that community based activities are an important means of reducing malnutrition because of the positive social benefits.

Come Eat Together has been praised in the past by the Malnutrition Task Force for the way in which we improve older people’s ability to access, cook and enjoy healthy food together; helping them to become more resilient and better able to cope with life changes such as retirement, bereavement or ill health.

Our lunch clubs, breakfast clubs and dining circles, bring people together to enjoy good food in company with support, activities and information. Door to door shopping clubs mean easy access to the large shops with company. Our ‘Eat Well Feel Great’ course shows people how to adapt their diet for later life and how easy it is to make meals tasty and nutritious. Sessions showing people how to grow fruit and vegetables at home and how to shop online promote new interests and independence.

An interim evaluation report  on Come Eat Together from the Institute of Health and Society/Institute for Ageing at Newcastle University reported that

Come Eat Together has successfully adopted an assets-based approach to build on and strengthen the support for older people available in the community. The community assets upon which Come Eat Together has built its activities include local volunteers, people with food-related expertise, venues able to cater for groups of older people and community transport providers. Lunch clubs set in community colleges have provided valuable opportunities for positive intergenerational exchanges, while the Healthy Eating and Grow to Eat course have allowed retirees with expertise relating to nutrition or gardening to share their knowledge and advice with attendees.”

“Come Eat Together has used innovative thinking and learning from experience to tackle the challenges of reaching isolated older people and delivering a sustainable service. From first-hand experience, Age UK County Durham has learnt that different communities have different requirements, and has developed a tailored approach to setting up new activities, which they will be able to draw on for future service design and delivery.”

If you feel lonely or know someone who would benefit from joining Come Eat Together why not contact us on 0191 374 6577 or cet@ageukcountydurham.org.uk

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Write your will week starts Monday 12 March

Will Writing Poster A4 Issue1 Jan 2018

Writing a will is sensible, easy and now, thanks to solicitors across the County, you can write your will and support the work of Age UK County Durham at the same time.

Write Your Will Week runs from Monday 12 until Friday 16 March 2018.

Book your appointment now and help us provide services to older people in County Durham

An up to date Will written by a solicitor ensures your wishes are respected. It also avoids difficult decisions and legal complications for your loved ones.

Solicitors have waived their fees and donated their time to help individuals or couples, aged 50 or over, get their affairs in order. In return they will ask for a suggested donation, all of which they pass on to Age UK County Durham.

Give us a call on 0191 374 6367 and we will find the solicitor local to you. Appointments are limited so booking is essential

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Delicious Come Eat Together lunch at The Green Tree, Tudhoe


With 2018 now underway, why not treat yourself to a nutritious low cost meal at The Green Tree, a beautiful country pub and restaurant.

A warm welcome is always assured from your hosts the Hopson family who would like to invite members of Come Eat Together to dine in style with a special low cost monthly lunch in the restaurant. We would like to invite people aged 50+ who may experience loneliness, want a break from caring for someone or just want to make new friends to come along and join in.

The next lunch will be on Tuesday 27 February 2018 at 12.30pm

The lunch will be a nutritious main meal with ice-cream dessert for £7 per person. Lunch will be followed by a fun quiz, a guest speaker or other activities members enjoy.

If you live in the Tudhoe/Spennymoor or South Durham area and would like to meet some new people and feel less lonely as we progress into the new year, please contact Come Eat Together on 0191 374 6577

The venue is The Green Tree, 41 Tudhoe Village, Co Durham, DL16 6LE

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Eat Well Feel Great course JUST FOR MEN in Durham

Our Come Eat Together course is all about enjoying tasty food as we get older.

We have been listening to you and so this time our FREE course Eat Well Feel Great is JUST FOR MEN.

The course starts Friday 2 March 2018 at the Baptist Church in Gilesgate, Durham 10.30am-12.30pm and runs for 4 weeks.

Have fun, taste new foods and learn how to make your daily diet interesting and tasty.

It is not a cookery course and you do not have to bring anything with you. Everyone receives a Participant Pack with recipes and information.

A recent participant told us “I really enjoyed the friendly and relaxed atmosphere of the sessions. I loved trying the different foods.”

For more information or to book a place please contact us on 0191 374 6577 or cet@ageukcountydurham.org.uk

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Start 2018 with a festive lunch at Redworth Hall

Vince Johnson, the General Manager of Redworth Hall in County Durham and his team is hosting a special free festive lunch in the restaurant for older people who experience loneliness.

Date Monday 22 January 2018

Start time 12.30pm

This is a free lunch, followed by a fun quiz with a raffle (tickets £1.00)

If you live in the South Durham area and would like to meet some new people and feel less lonely as we start the new year, please contact us by Monday 15 January at Come Eat Together on 0191 374 6577

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Big thank you to the National Lottery

Derwentside College 11.10.17

This week the National Lottery are celebrating the benefits of their funding to good causes.

We understand loneliness and know that there is no single solution. Our funding from Big Lottery Silver Dreams enables our Come Eat Together project to bring older people together with food. We eat, shop, learn about, talk about and grow food. And whilst we do all that we aim to have a jolly good time and chase away loneliness.

Another Big Thank You goes to our wonderful volunteers and all the Come Eat Together members who help in informal ways to make our activities so enjoyable for all.

#ThanksToYou #NationalLottery

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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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