Food for thought

Time to Shine learning on the importance of food in reducing social isolation

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Food for thought: community connections through shared meals
(Time to Shine, January 2020)


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Time to Shine projects

  • Choices (Feel Good Factor) ran ‘cook and eat’ sessions in the communal areas of a sheltered housing scheme.
  • Shared Tables (Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours Scheme) enabled older people who could travel independently to eat meals together in local restaurants at weekends.
  • Cook, Eat, Chat (Zest Health for Life) ran 6-week cookery courses in a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen.
  • Raat di Roti (Touchstone Sikh Elders Service) created opportunities for Punjabi-speaking older people and volunteers to share an evening meal at home.
  • Lychee Red Chinese Seniors (Health for All Leeds) welcomed members of the Chinese community from across Leeds to share traditional meals and cultural activities.
  • Young at Arts (Yorkshire Dance) worked with older people, a food-share project and a professional poet to create a ‘Food for Thought’ arts event.
  • Supper Club (New Wortley Community Centre) provided a home-cooked two course evening meal and access to a range of facilities, activities and information.
  • Don’t Call Me Old (Armley Helping Hands) identified volunteers aged 50+ who were keen to set up and run a local foodbank.


Reports from other Ageing Better areas


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