Food for thought
Time to Shine learning on the importance of food in reducing social isolation
Food for thought: community connections through shared meals
(Time to Shine, January 2020)
- Community connections through shared meals (video, Time to Shine, 2020)
- Time to Shine (video, Time to Shine)
- Raat di Roti - volunteer experiences (video, Time to Shine, 2017)
- Home - by Peter Spafford and Pete (poem, Young at Arts)
- Food for Thought: reflections on the project by Christian Watson (Young at Arts)
- The role of food in building connections and relationships (National Lottery Community Fund)
- Shared tables: older people eating out together (Age Friendly case study, Centre for Ageing Better, 2018)
- Setting up a Shared Tables project in your local area (toolkit, Time to Shine, 2020)
- Lychee Red Chinese Seniors: end of project summary (report, Time to Shine)
- Raat di Roti - end of project summary (report, Time to Shine, 2017)
- Time to Shine, time to share: Lychee Red Chinese Seniors (case study, Care Connect, 2016)
- More than a mealtime: sharing and enjoying food together (Care Connect, 2017)
- Shared tables: Time to Shine case study (Care Connect, 2019)
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
- Your food, your health (Bristol Ageing Better, May 2021)