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Extra food could curb loneliness

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 30, 2014

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A NEW scheme is urging people in East Staffordshire to cook an extra portion of food as part of a bid to combat loneliness.

The Casserole Club is a scheme which helps people share extra portions of their home-cooked meals with other adults, such as older people who may experience difficulty in cooking for themselves.

The scheme is being co-ordinated by Staffordshire County Council and FutureGov and is based on a successful pilot programme in London.

Mark Sutton, cabinet support member for public health and community safety at Staffordshire County Council, said the club aimed to both tackle loneliness and encourage an even greater community spirit across the county.

He said: “We already lead very busy modern lives and this is about helping combat loneliness and isolation, but it is also about going back to a time where neighbours not only knew neighbours but were always there to lend a helping hand too.

“The Casserole Club is about creating community networks, connecting people to provide support and is a great example of how to enable informal support in communities.

“It gives people the chance to get to know one another over a good meal, which also helps strengthen our neighbourhoods.

“The great thing is that you don’t have to be a fantastic cook – you just need to be willing to make a little extra and give a little extra, which will undoubtedly go a long way to helping others.”

Ingrid Karikari, who leads the Casserole Club team at FutureGov, said: “We believe that food should be something enjoyed and celebrated, and that nothing beats a fresh homemade meal.”

More information on the scheme is available by visiting www.casseroleclub.com or by calling 0300 111 8006.

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