Our Social Eating programme seeks to increase the number of opportunities for older people to come together and eat communally in Greater Manchester, thereby creating a range of social occasions where people feel they belong and can make new friends with whom they can eat regularly. These are very significant factors in reducing social isolation among the over 50s - an increasing evidence base tells us that communal eating increases social bonding, feelings of well-being and enhances people’s connections to their communities.
A range of social eating projects are being co-designed in localities with older people, with the intention of them becoming sustainable in the longer term. The learning from the programme will inform a Social Eating ‘how to’ guide which will be produced towards the end of the project for anyone wishing to run similar projects in the future.
Talk Listen Change (TLC) are the lead partner in the partnership that includes Southway Housing Trust, Bolton at Home, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, Groundwork Oldham and Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Circle, Cracking Good Food and Food Sync.