We are still buzzing with excitement about the National Lottery Awards. We would like to congratulate all the finalists and as winners are announced for projects from the education, sport, arts and heritage categories we are thrilled for them as we appreciate how they must have promoted their projects as we did ours. The best health category has still to be announced, and we thought we would share some of our enjoyment looking back at when BBC Look North came to film our project in July.
Jonathon Swingler from the BBC was very friendly and professional. He made everyone he spoke to feel at ease and spent a long time making sure that he got plenty of views and heard how Come Eat Together is helping older people feel valued as volunteers and more included in their community. He recorded a great piece that went out on BBC Radio Newcastle and a piece for Look North our early evening regional BBC news programme.
Click here to see the short film .
We also welcomed Anna Snowdon from BBC Radio Tees to our Dine and Dance in Shildon. The Civic Hall opens its doors once a month and older people enjoy a delicious hot meal and 2 hours of live tea dance music. The sparkly shoes are on show but that is nothing compared to the big smiles and sparkling eyes as people twirl around the dance floor or enjoy the lovely music from Graeme Scarlett. Anna interviewed lots of members who told her what Come Eat Together means to them.
Here is a photo of Anna interviewing Dorothy (94) who says that the project helps her to socialise and meet up with people she wouldn’t see otherwise. Later we went to Middlesborough to be interviewed on BBC Radio Tees – it was great to talk about the difference Come Eat Together is making.