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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Shopping made easy with good company

Shopping is easier with a buddy!

Food shopping may be as simple as jumping in your car and heading to the local supermarket, but for some people over 50, this couldn’t be further from the truth. With a lack of transport and less choice in some areas, access to healthy food can be problematic.

In response to this barrier, Age UK County Durham’s award winning Come Eat Together project is making shopping for food as easy as possible.

Working with Shildon Community Bus and Spectrum Community Transport we are offering affordable shopping trips using accessible minibuses to help older people in the South of Durham access the supermarkets. The trips aren’t just a ride to the shops. Members get the added bonus of a door to door service, a wider variety of shops, help with heavy bags as well as plenty of time to stop off for a cuppa and a chat.

These regular trips to supermarkets are making a huge difference to older people who have difficulty shopping for food. Here’s what some members have to say,

We enjoy the trips and appreciated the help from staff and the driver. I would have struggled to get a lot of shopping otherwise”.

“I enjoy the trips. I had not been able to get to the supermarket in six weeks. I also received extra help with my shopping whilst in the store, which was much appreciated”.

A team of dedicated and friendly Come Eat Together volunteers are on hand to assist with all aspects of shopping. This can range from assistance on and off the bus and help lifting heavy bags, to support around the store.

Come Eat Together currently runs shopping clubs in Bishop Auckland, Newton Aycliffe, Shildon,  Crook and Willington and Chester Le Street.

Shopping clubs run fortnightly and cost £2.50 to £5.00. To take part in the shopping club, find out more for a friend or neighbour please contact the Come Eat Together team on 0191 374 6577 or e-mail: cet@ageukcountydurham.org.uk

Here you can see a short film about how they work


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Come Eat at The Saxon Inn

We love heritage and one of our new lunch clubs is at The Saxon Inn, located in the historic village of Escomb, is serving up delicious two course lunches exclusively for the over 50’s. Running on the second Wednesday of each month, it’s been the perfect opportunity to for those who live alone, or need a break from caring to enjoy a freshly cooked bar meal.

Paul, landlord of the Saxon Inn said, “Together with Age UK County Durham’s Come Eat Together Team we have worked with older people in the area to set up a lunch where people can enjoy good food in good company”.

Louise Haymer Development Worker added, “The lunch has been running for two months now and has proved very popular. It’s a chance to catch up with new and old friends over a delicious meal, with the added bonus of no washing up”.

Anyone over 50 living in the Bishop Auckland and surrounding areas is invited along to enjoy a two course meal with tea and coffee, followed by an activity for £7.00.

The next lunch will be held on Wednesday 10 May at 12noon, choose from homemade Cottage Pie, potatoes and vegetables or Scampi, salad and chips followed Jam Sponge with custard or Eton Mess.

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

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Breakfast among the new Motors

Starts Wednesday 3 May 2017 from 9.30 to 10.45am

We have teamed up with the Pulman Skoda in Belmont, Durham to provide a brand new relaxed breakfast with a difference. Sam Gilholm at Café Dafte is delighted to invite older people to join her and her small team of café staff.

Join us for a full English breakfast with refreshments and peruse the Skoda garage forecourt at your leisure. Each month there is an opportunity to have a look over the new cars just in, chat to staff to have your questions answered or sit and read the newspapers.”

Kirsty King-Lough, 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. The 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.”

Join us at Cafe Dafte, Pulman Skoda, Durham Belmont Ind Estate, Durham, DH1 1HP. Breakfasts cost £4 and the first one will be Wednesday 3 May 2017 from 9.30 to 10.45am. Breakfasts will then take place on the first Wednesday of each month.

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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Good food and good company to start the week in Chester-Le-Street

We promise lunch clubs in stylish and different venues and this new lunch club at The Elms in Moorfoot Avenue, Chester-Le-Street is just up our street.

On paper it is a retirement home, but one look at this modern, bright and cheerful new building is enough to tell you that this is a lunch club with a difference.  Inside The Elms there is a bright and airy café with computers linked to the internet and just nearby there is a hairdressing salon and beauty parlour.

Paul Jeal the Catering Manager at The Elms is delighted to able to work with our Come Eat Together project. He said, “I know how a tasty meal can make a difference to your day and my team and I are pleased to be able to help Age UK County Durham combat loneliness in this way. I am happy to adjust the menu to suit the needs of the new diners. Please come along and enjoy what we have to offer.”

Stephanie Esteris, Come Eat Together Development Worker is excited by this new dining experience. “This is more than just a delicious two course meal. This is a new monthly lunch club in lovely surroundings and we hope older people who maybe feel a bit lonely and bored with eating on their own will enjoy coming together. We will follow the lunch with a little quiz or friendly chat to make this a monthly treat to look forward to. Everyone here is keen to make us feel welcome”.

The lunch takes place on the second Monday of the month from 1.00pm until 2.30pm. A freshly cooked meal and desert with tea or coffee and activity costs £6.00.

For more information 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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Gents Breakfast singalong

We had such a wonderful time at the Gent’s Breakfast that we thought we would share this with you. The group enjoy a talk after their breakfast each month.  In January the group ate breakfast and talked with the Bishop Of Durham. They weren’t sure how to follow such a distinguished guest, so this month Gerry,  a member of the group, brought his guitar along to provide something different. When members stood up and started blowing bubbles, there was plenty of jolly laughter from the whole group.

The singing and laughter from the group led to interest from stall holders and shoppers in the Indoor Market. This has led to some new members who will be welcomed next time.

The Gents Breakfast meets monthly in the Indoor Market in Durham City on a Wednesday morning priced £4.00. Each breakfast is followed by a talk chosen by the group or, in this case an enjoyable ‘sing-along’.If you are interested in joining Come Eat Together please contact us on 0191 374 6577



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Come Eat at Spectrum starts on Valentine’s Day

Always a warm welcome at Come Eat Together activitiesAge UK County Durham’s Come Eat Together Team have been working in partnership with Spectrum Leisure Complex in Willington to bring the over 50’s in the area together with food.

Taking place monthly on the second Tuesday of the month 11.00am-1.00pm participants will have the chance to enjoy traditional favourites such as shepherd’s pie, mince and dumplings and roast dinners, followed by a dessert, with the added bonus of no washing up.

Alison from Spectrum said, “It’s not just lunch on offer, there’s also the chance to catch up with new and old friends over a cuppa. As well as joining in a variety of after lunch activities such as informative talks, taster sessions and quizzes

Louise Haymer Development Worker added, “We are also keen for local people to have a say in how the lunch will run and what activities people would like to be involved in. Therefore we would like to invite people along to a free taster session on Tuesday 14th February, 11.00am until 1.00pm. It’s your chance to get involved and taste the food on offer”.

Booking is essential for the taster session. Click here to download the poster/flier
The regular lunch club begins on Tuesday 14 March at 1.00pm with two courses for £5.00.
For more information and to book your place please contact the Come Eat Together Team on 0191 374 6577.

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Aspiring chefs are cooking up a storm for older people in County Durham


Catering student at New College Durham are inviting people aged over 50 who live on their own to come and make new friends whilst dining in style.

Age UK County Durham’s Come Eat Together project, has teamed up with New College Durham who have opened the doors to their fabulous Le Nouveau Restaurant to host a monthly lunch club.

All meals are prepared and cooked-to-order and served by the College’s aspiring student chefs, waiters and waitresses supported by qualified and experienced teaching staff.

Harriet Gibbon, Chief Executive of Age UK County Durham said

“Come Eat Together enables people who live alone or are carers to enjoy dining out with others in pleasant surroundings.

This is an intergenerational project and we are delighted that New College Durham are giving older people in the area the opportunity to mix with young people who are learning important skills.”

Each month diners can enjoy a delicious freshly cooked meal followed by a sociable activity.”

Ann (60) who volunteers to meet and greet the lunch club members said “Come along and join us, socialise, meet new people and enjoy great conversation over a good meal!”

Diners receive a delicious, freshly cooked two-course meal with tea or coffee for £5. The next lunch starts at 12.30pm on Tuesday February 14, 2017 then continuing on the second Tuesday of every month.

For more information 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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Bishop of Durham to pop in for breakfast at our Gentlemen’s Breakfast Club

Older men in Durham enjoy a full english breakfast in good company

Our Gent’s Breakfast in the Café Cenno in Durham Indoor Market just goes from strength to strength. The after breakfast talks are hugely popular, chosen by the members of the group themselves.

We are looking forward to welcoming Paul Butler the Bishop Of Durham at our breakfast next Wednesday. If you live on your own, are aged over 50 and would like some good food and good company, why not come and join this monthly breakfast club?

Colin Wilkes, managing director of Durham Markets, said: “We’ve managed to bring in speakers from all walks of life. We’re all really looking forward to hearing the Bishop of Durham in such an intimate and relaxed setting.”

Organised by Durham Markets, Café Cenno and Age UK County Durham the Gentlemen’s Breakfast takes place on the third Wednesday of each month.

The Right Reverend Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, is to be guest speaker at the next monthly Gentlemen’s Breakfast meeting to be held in Durham Market Hall on Wednesday, January 18 from 9.30am and will also answer questions.

Numbers are limited and demand is expected to be high.

Places can be reserved by calling Come Eat Together on 0191 374 6577 or emailing us at cet@ageukcountydurham.org.uk

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We wish you a merry Christmas


Come Eat Together has been getting into the festive spirit celebrating Christmas. From Christmassy quizzes to foodie shopping runs we’ve been ensuring that older people have the best Christmas possible.

christmas-in-south-ba-collOur first Christmas party was held at Bishop Auckland College. Our participants were greeted by cheery students and received a three course Christmas Fayre prepared and served by the catering students. An added treat was a free raffle and a chance to get the first viewing of the Christmas Panto, Sleeping Beauty.

Oakleaf Sports complex, in Newton Aycliffe, hosted a competitive five-round Christmas Quiz followed by a delicious two-course carvery. Whilst on the other side of town Newton Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre also hosted a 2 course carvery followed by Bingo.

ncd-christmas-16Our new lunch clubs at Derwentside College, New College Durham and our new Spennymoor lunch club, taking place at the council offices on Green Lane, all launched with two-course Christmas meals with festive activities. We pulled crackers, told jokes and laughed over the bingo.

At our Gents Breakfast in Durham the Christmas jumpers were all out and there was a lovely jolly atmosphere. Many of our group live alone so this was a great opportunity to mix and enjoy some Christmas camaraderie. At Northumbrian Water there was a special visit by Santa to provide a great start to Christmas!

dv-diners-christmas-16There was also good food and good company at our Christmas lunches at Coundon and Leeholme, Crook, Selby Close, Wheatbottom, Dovedale and Shildon Dine and Dance. Our Derwent Valley Diners came together to dine out. Our activities are a great opportunity for volunteers and homebound older people to make new friends.

As well as lots of Christmas lunches our shopping clubs were out in force ensuring everyone got their Christmas treats. Shildon, Bishop, Wear Valley and Newton Aycliffe shopping clubs took local residents to a variety of supermarkets to stock up. As an added treat and a chance to relax and get to know one another all the shopping clubs came together for a Christmas Party at the Saxon Inn in Escomb.

We would like to thank all the volunteers for their help in making Christmas extra special and for their tireless work throughout the year. If you would like more information about our activities please contact us on 0191 374 6577

Below is a slideshow with a selection of photographs from our festive fun. Merry Christmas everyone.


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