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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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