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This project was run by Wellspring Healthy Living Centre in partnership with Buzz Lockleaze and BS3 Community:
A programme of activities that allowed people to connect with others through sharing food and learning about cooking and nutrition.
Your Food, Your Health provided an opportunity for people over 50 living in sheltered and independent living accommodation in three localities to come together socially to enjoy and improve their relationship with food. Using a creative and inclusive approach, three Food Development Workers and volunteers worked to increase people’s enjoyment of food, rediscover food skills, and buy and use fresh food and produce. The Food Development workers engaged with participants and planned activities based on their requests, such as cooking and eating together sessions, cooking on a budget, community information, gentle exercise, food memories and local trips. Participants were also able to access the varied activities provide by Buzz Lockleaze, BS3 Communities and Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, as well as being signposted to events in their local areas.
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The project engaged with 315 individuals across the two years and three neighbourhoods, and had a long-term impact on the way people interacted with their neighbours. Employing Food Development workers who lived in the areas they were working in was an effective way to build relationships of trust and ensure participants were able to help shape the activities, deciding what kinds of food they would like to cook and requesting sessions focused on health conditions that affected them. One group in Barton Hill began their own volunteer-led cookery sessions based at the Healthy Living Centre on a Friday morning, which they hope to resume once face-to-face indoor contact is safe again. Between the two national lockdowns in the UK in 2020, Your Food, Your Health ran four ‘get together outdoors’ outdoor cooking sessions for six participants at a time, which allowed participants to once again enjoy the benefits of a shared meal and to learn some new cooking skills while staying safe and socially distanced.
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