Come Eat Together – It’s all about good food and company!
Bringing people together with food!
Age UK County Durham received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Silver Dreams Programme to establish ‘Come Eat Together, a volunteer peer support project which aims to improve older people’s ability to access, cook and enjoy healthy food together, helping them to be more resilient and better able to cope with life stage changes such as retirement, bereavement or ill health.
From shopping clubs to stylish lunch clubs with a difference or afternoon tea in good company, our project has it! Click here for our current programme of regular activities.
Our activities are all designed with involvement from our members and we aim to reduce loneliness whilst enjoying good food in good company.
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy our healthy eating course, cookery demonstrations or come along to a friendly session about how to grow fruit and vegetables on your windowsill or in your back yard. Our session How to Shop Online will give you the confidence to order food and goods online safely. Please contact us on 0191 374 6577 for more information.
In 2014 we won the National Lottery Award for Best Health Project. You can see more about this at https://comeeattogether.org/2014/09/18/come-eat-together-shines-on-national-tv/
We post regular blogs and updates about the project. Visit us regularly for up to date information.
Motivation and support
The project works in a number of ways to promote the enormous benefits of a healthy diet for older people including developing new Lunch Clubs and Dining Circles where older people can come together and take it in turns to cook for one another in their own homes. The project has an intergenerational aspect and will provide lots of opportunities for older people to share their skills with others, including young people who are keen to learn as well as help.
Inspiration & innovation
‘Come Eat Together’ increases awareness of healthy food by sharing new ideas and recipes to tempt the taste buds. Our course ‘Healthy Eating for Older People’ is a great way of finding out how to adapt our diets as we get older.
Shopping plays a big part in our project too! We are constantly exploring different ways to help older people do their shopping. We have door to door shopping clubs using accessible minibuses in Chester-Le-Street, Shildon, Bishop Auckland, Newton Aycliffe, Teesdale and Wear Valley. We are setting up new shopping clubs in other areas, so please get in touch if you are interested.
Contact us on 0191 374 6577 for more information or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org