Four years on, partnership closes in on serving up lunch club meal-stone

Come Eat Together

12.12.2016

An initiative that allows older people from County Durham to come together for a monthly meal, creating friendships and reducing isolation, is celebrating its fourth anniversary.

Picture shows guests at Come Eat Together celebrating the event’s fourth anniversary.

Come Eat Together, which is run in partnership between Northumbrian Water and Age UK County Durham, offers a two course meal in the water company’s Boldon House restaurant, in Pity Me, Durham.

Since it launched, close to 2,000 meals have been served and more than 100 individuals have enjoyed the lunches, with between 35 and 60 people attending each month.

Age UK County Durham team members are joined each month by volunteers from Northumbrian Water, giving their time under the company’s ‘Just An Hour’ programme that allows people to donate work time to good causes, to help serve the meals.

Louise Hunter, Director of Corporate Affairs at Northumbrian Water, said: “Come Eat Together is a great opportunity for us to welcome people into our restaurant and give them an opportunity to socialise and enjoy a nice meal together.

Age UK County Durham do a great job of supporting people across the area and we are proud that this partnership is still going strong after four years.”

Harriet Gibbon, Chief Executive Age UK County Durham said: “Some people are not motivated to cook and often eat alone. Also, following bereavement, for example, they become socially isolated. This can affect an older person’s health and wellbeing and ability to remain independent.

“The Come Eat Together project brings older people together with food to combat social isolation and to promote good health and wellbeing. Our stylish lunch clubs enable people who live alone or are carers to enjoy dining out with others in pleasant surroundings. We are delighted that our partnership with Northumbrian Water has now served 2,000 nutritious meals to over 100 older people.”

For further media information, contact Paul White on 0191 3015325.

Northumbrian Water Limited supplies 2.7 million customer in the North East with both water and sewerage services, trading as Northumbrian Water, and 1.8 million customers in the South East with water services, trading as Essex & Suffolk Water.

In the most recent survey by the Consumer Council for Water, Northumbrian Water was named the UK’s most trusted water company by its customers. 2016 also saw Northumbrian Water named the world’s most ethical water company for the sixth successive year.

Age UK County Durham was formed in 1974 and is the principal voluntary organisation working to make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for all older people in County Durham. We have over 40 years’ experience of supporting local older people by influencing policies and practices that affect their lives, challenging views and improving understanding of the ageing process, developing and providing services.

Come Eat Together’ was awarded flagship funding from the Big Lottery Silver Dreams Fund in April 2014, enabling us to roll out the project to new communities in County Durham. It was awarded ‘Best Health Project’ at the National Lottery Award’s 2014.

Abbey Road, Pity Me, Durham DH1 5FJ. Telephone 0345 6047468. Website: www.nwl.co.uk

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