Get involved

Help us bring people together with food and feel great!

Volunteering leads to new friendships

Volunteering leads to new friendships

Volunteers are an invaluable and integral part of our award winning project. They help to set up and run lunch clubs and dining circles, help older people with their food shopping and to grow food, as well as assisting with our healthy eating for older people course.

Our volunteers provide a friendly atmosphere for older people taking part in the Come Eat Together project so that they can meet together and enjoy a variety of healthy eating related activities and each others company.

Click here for a copy of this information in a leaflet

The benefits of volunteering with us include:

  • Full support and training
  • An opportunity to learn new skills and interests and use them to benefit others
  • Work experience and a work reference
  • A chance to meet new people
  • An opportunity to contribute to and be part of the organisation

Come Eat Together has plenty of ways for people to get involved and feel great!

Meet and Greeters provide a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for older people to meet together to enjoy a meal and experience a variety of activities in good company. Responsibilities include marking registers, completing paperwork, taking payment, and helping to run the after lunch activity.

Shopping Buddies help older people who have difficulty with transport, mobility or choice to do their shopping and carry heavy shopping bags. Responsibilities also include marking up registers and taking donations.

Volunteer Minibus Drivers pick up people from their homes and take them to local supermarkets to do their food shopping.

Shopping On-line Tutors deliver a range of IT sessions to enable people aged 50+ to overcome their fear of computers and develop the skills and knowledge to shop on-line. Sessions take place in community settings and individuals homes when requested.

Grow to Eat volunteers give talks on growing food to eat, lead planting sessions, look after raised beds and give help and advice to older people so that they can successfully grow their own food. They encourage the growing of fruit, vegetables and herbs in small ways or on a larger scale, depending on the needs and interests of the project members.

Nutrition Course Assistants provide a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for older people taking part in our ‘Healthy Eating for Older People’ accredited course. Responsibilities include preparing the classroom, taking the register, providing refreshments, assisting in preparing food and involving participants in food tasting.

Special Events volunteers assist at larger events helping to set up rooms, meet and greet, register participants and serve refreshments.

Information Champions help us to promote the project by giving out information about us in their local community.

This could be staffing a stand in a library or other event, leaflet drops or giving talks to groups. There are many ways Information Champions help us to get the word out to people who benefit from the project.

Administration volunteers are based at Age UK House in Durham and help with general administration tasks for the project.

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