Talking Tables

This project is run by LinkAge

What is the project?

Delivery of a series of group cookery sessions in collaboration with three of Bristol’s city farms to offer social opportunities, encourage enjoyment in food and improve the nutrition of participants.

 

What does the project do?

The project will run eight series of cookery sessions in 2018-19 and 2019-2020 at the three farms (Lawrence Weston Community Farm, St Werburghs City Farm and Windmill Hill City Farm). The cooking sessions aim to support people aged 50+ with the skills and knowledge to feel confident to cook nutritious and tasty food. The sessions will also provide them with the opportunity to meet and socialise with other local people.

 

How to get in touch

To contact the project, please call 0117 353 3042 or email carolinemcdonnell@linkagenetwork.org.uk.

 

Why did BAB fund it?

In the first few years, BAB commissioned 25 pilot projects to test different methods of group work and peer support. We worked with the delivery partners to review the projects, looking for what worked well, how older people felt about the projects and what should change if it was repeated. 

A common point of learning was that if you can increase someone’s wellbeing and confidence, then this will have a positive effect on reducing their social isolation.

A number of the pilots centred around food and the most successful projects encouraged participants to set the menus, cook the food and eat together.

BAB wanted projects that sought address the issues of social isolation and improves older people’s level of social contact through a series of activities that uses food, nutrition and shared meals as the core part of the deliver.

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