More than a Mealtime Lives Up to Its Name

A Time to Shine project has meant finding something beyond friendship for two of its participants, Anita and Ken.

More than a Mealtime, delivered by Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours, brings people together over one of the most important things in life--food. 

Those who might ordinarily have been eating on their own can now meet up in a local pub or restaurant and share a meal, conversation, and friendship.

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Participants gather for a meal together at The Travellers Rest in Cross Gates

After losing her husband, Anita felt lonely and isolated. She describes how simple tasks like changing a light bulb became overwhelming, as she adjusted to the new routine of her life.

She said she wouldn’t have gone out for a meal by herself, partly because coming back to an empty house was just a reminder of what she’d lost.

She joined More than a Mealtime to try to meet some new people and start to socialise again, and possibly find common ground with other people in a similar situation.

What she found has changed her life completely, as she’s been able to connect with others who understand what she’s been through.

“Life has a meaning now. There is more to life than just waking up and going about routine things. I’ve made new friends and developed friendships that I already had.”

And she met Ken, another Shared Tables member. Their friendship unexpectedly blossomed into a romance, and the two couldn’t be happier.

Anita And Ken
A smiley Anita and Ken at the More than a Mealtime office

Anita says that if she was giving advice to anyone else who might be hesitant to get involved, she would say, “Do it. Don’t give it a second thought, just do it. It’s a brilliant scheme.”

If you would like more information about Shared Tables or Time to Shine, please contact Claire Lovatt: [email protected] or 0113 260 6565.

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