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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Volunteers needed to brighten up the day for older people in Durham

Doris and Betty at North Water lunch

We want to ensure that no-one has no-one and we wonder if you can help.

Age UK County Durham is looking for enthusiastic and sociable people, with a community spirit to brighten the day for older people who live alone and look forward to coming to a monthly lunch club in Durham.

Northumbrian Water opens the doors to their comfortable staff restaurant once a month to invite older people to enjoy a 2 course lunch for the charity’s Come Eat Together project.

Volunteers are needed to meet and greet lunch club members and help make the lunch a lovely activity.

Come Eat Together Volunteer, Sarah says, Volunteering with Age UK County Durham is the best experience I’ve had. The staff and people who come along to the different groups and clubs are lovely, and I have been made to feel nothing but welcome. I’ve also made new friends. It is a pleasure to give up some of my free time to be part or such a worthwhile project.”

If you can help us make sure no-one has no-one, please contact the charity on
0191 374 6577 or email cet@ageukcountydurham.org.uk  for more information.

Click here to see a short advert for the lunch club.

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Join us at the Green Tree – Lunch in an old English country pub

Post by Stephanie Esteris, Development Worker for Come Eat Together 

Come Eat Together is enjoying working with the manager and her team at The Green Tree Country Pub & Restaurant, a traditional English Country Inn situated in picturesque Tudhoe Village  to serve up  two course lunches exclusively for over 50’s.

Our lunch club is held on the 4th Tuesday of each month and is the perfect opportunity for those who live alone or need a break from caring to enjoy a freshly cooked meal in good company.

Our members receive a delicious, freshly cooked lunch and desert for £7.00. Last month we tucked into roast of the day, homemade cottage pie or tasty vegetarian options. Before the meal we will always have a sociable activity such as a quiz, bingo or guest speakers. We hope people will make new friends.

Murrie Venis, manager of The Green Tree told us
We are thrilled to be working with Age UK County Durham. We place a huge importance on promoting a sense of community at The Green Tree providing a place where people can meet as strangers and leave as friends”.

Come along and join us for a delicious meal, meet new people and enjoy great conversation. The next lunch will be held on Tuesday 25 July at 12noon.

Booking is essential, so 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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Come fly with us – Lunch on the Wing starts 26 July 12.00 – 2.00pm

Our Come Eat Together team are so excited.

Our new lunch clubs are bringing people together with food in the most unusual places. The delicious breakfasts at the Pulman Skoda in Belmont are the talk of the neighbourhood where the bacon and eggs are cooked to your personal taste by the chef whilst members peruse the papers and catch up on some local news.

Now we bring you a new very special lunch club that can take you anywhere in the world from a comfortable seat –

Lunch on the Wing comes courtesy of Icarus Simulation located in Langley Park near Durham City. The first session will be Wed 26 July 12.00 – 2.00pm and will then be held on the last Wednesday each month.

You are cordially invited to enjoy a great quality buffet lunch freshly prepared by the Durham and Darlington Fire Service catering team and have fun learning to fly a plane from the safety of a comfortable simulator.

We took a Men’s Group to be our ‘Test Pilots’ to see what they thought of the facilities and activity. They loved it.

George chose to fly a jet around the Lake District in Cumbria. He was amazed that when he accidently crashed into a mountain that a second later he was in the air flying again. He said “I love the Lake District and it was very special to fly around and see it from a different angle.” 

Fred flew around New York City, in between the skyscrapers and under and over the bridges across the Jersey River. He said “I have never been there and was amazed at how tall the buildings were. I held my breath when I flew under a bridge though!”

Our Project Manager Christine flew a small private plane around Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, taking in the sites as she flew delicately around the city famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the statue of Christ atop Mount Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain. She was entranced. She said “I have very busy days. it was lovely to fly slowly around somewhere exotic for a short while. Perhaps one day I’ll get there for real“.

The choices of location to fly around are endless and everyone will have a choice of where they would like to fly.

This lunch club has a maximum capacity of 8 people. This means that everyone receives some individual personal tuition from the highly qualified Pilot, Ed Jackson. The TV screen in the seating area means that everyone can see what is happening from the cockpit and can encourage the pilot to enjoy their flight.

We think this is a great lunch club to celebrate a birthday or special occasion. Come alone as you will meet other people or with other Come Eat Together friends.

It is available to all Come Eat Together members and we hope to give plenty of members the opportunity to take part.

The sessions are priced at £9.00 to include all refreshments and flight time.

If you are interested please contact the team on 0191 374 6577 or email us






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Nominated for Sainsbury’s Sedgefield Local Charity of the Year

We are so excited that Age UK County Durham have been nominated for Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year by the Sedgefield store.

If we win we will set up a Gentlemen’s Breakfast in the store’s café with the help of the staff team there.

Together we can combat loneliness and promote good health and wellbeing.

Please go to https://www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk/ choose Sedgefield and please vote for Age UK County Durham.

We will be in-store on Friday 16 June 11am – 3pm with plenty of information about what we do. If you are in the area, please call in and see us.



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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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