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About the project

Food Buddies is a way for people to encourage and support each other around food.

  • Food Buddies starts with the concerns and priorities of a group of people in their community.
  • Each project builds on the assets of that community – the experience and skills of all the people involved, professional expertise and the resources in the local area.
  • There is reciprocity, rather than some people receiving a service from others.
  • The approach focuses on supporting and building relationships.
  • Food Buddies aims to be sustainable and for the impact to continue beyond a project that gets activities underway in an area.
  • Food Buddies complements what other food projects and other social inclusion projects do, and works in partnership with them.
Borders Food Buddies

This project develops peer support for people with dementia and for carers, with a focus on aspects of food and keeping well.
It started in October 2015 with funding over 5 years from Life Changes Trust.
Activities include:

  • Group activities that bring people together such as cooking classes doing food-related things together, and sessions on adapting to people’s changing food needs
  • Encouragement and support for people with dementia and carers on ways to look after yourself
  • One-to-one peer support for people who prefer this and to help people follow up on the group activities
  • Long-term support as people’s circumstances change for people who want this

We will make the peer support work for people across the range of situations and stages of dementia and caring.
A second aim is to share the experience of the people involved in the project:

  • Raise awareness about the benefits of peer support among people affected by dementia
  • Reach more people through Tips, recipe books and the like highlighting practical tips on what can help as well as raising awareness
  • Raise awareness among shops, food producers and retailers on what they can do to help.

The project will start in 2 locations in Borders in the first year and then build to reach other locations.

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Falkirk Food Buddies

Falkirk Food Buddies brings together older people to encourage each other to eat better and reduce social isolation.

  • It covers all of Falkirk and district – the rural parts and smaller town as well as the bigger towns.
  • It is for all older people who want some company or support around food – shopping, cooking, eating and enjoying meals together.
  • It includes people who are not looking after themselves so well, such as following a bereavement or when they have health problems, including people who have dementia and their carers.

The project will be getting underway by summer 2016.

Activities that we are planning include:

  • Cooking classes
  • ‘Grow and cook’ activities in partnerships with gardening projects
  • Building links with local shops, especially in smaller communities
  • Food and cultural diversity – what works for people from different communities and enjoying food from many places.

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More Information

If you would like to find out more information about the projects, you can get in touch with:
Ania Sandland – Development Worker for Falkirk Food Buddies (mob: 07514 905945)
Jan Laing – Development Worker for Borders Food Buddies
Christine Ryder – Resource and Communications Worker for Borders & Falkirk Food Buddies

Events - Borders
  • Jun 22 2017

    Food Buddies meets Happiness Habits

    Location: Caddonfoot

    If you are over 55 and would like to try something new or enjoy cake, come along and join us in Caddonfoot for afternoon tea and some fun taster sessions including New Age Kurling, indoor carpet bowls & art and crafts.

  • Jun 14 2017

    Meet Borders Food Buddies!

    We’ll be at the Borders Voluntary Care Voice and the Borders Carers Centre annual carers week event in Melrose to talk to you about our Border Food Buddies project.

  • Jun 8 2017

    You Can Cook

    A cookery demonstration and tasting in Selkirk. Learn how easy it is to cook a simple, tasty & nutritional food & sample the results!

Events - Falkirk
  • Jun 21 2017

    Life Boost Cafe

    Location: Dennyloanhead

    The Life Boost Cafes are a series of weekly drop-in self-help sessions for people in the aged around 50-65. The sessions are held every Wednesday morning in Dennyloanhead. They are facilitated by a development worker and will address issues faced by the participants.

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