Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Mealmakers - Can you help and can they help you?

This project is to link older people with neighbors who could provide the benefits of a home cooked meal from people in the neighborhood.  The project has lots off volunteers signed up in the Southside and Newington area but are looking to identify people who might benefit from the service.

Here are the details as sent to me by the coordinator.

"The way Meal Makers works is this. We use an online platform to connect volunteers of any age who have a passion for cooking and want to be active in their communities (“cooks”), with older neighbours over the age of 55 (“diners”) who would appreciate a home cooked meal. Once a cook and diner have been matched, the cook will prepare an extra meal in their own home and deliver it to their diner at a time agreed by both parties. Meal shares can occur as often as the cook and diner would like, so it might be weekly, fortnightly or just now and again. It helps improve nutrition, reduce isolation and build community links that so often have been lost. There is no cost attached to the meals, as they are a voluntary donation of food between members. The only cost is a £5 fee for the diner to join Meal Makers for the year. The project went live in Dundee in August 2014, followed by Glasgow Jan 2015, Perth & Kinross Nov 2015, Renfrewshire Jan 2016 and Edinburgh Mar 2016.

As I am sure you will see, it is a very simple idea, with great benefits. Anything you could do to help get the word out would be a great help."

Search for Mealmakers online to get involved.

Over to you, good people.

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