Introducing Community Cooking Steering Group member Charlotte Hastings:
I have been a keen member of the barn gang since its beginnings, priding myself on introducing Dave Burton to the team which has proved serendipitous! And have very much enjoyed coordinating the Get Together to Eat Together 3rd Tuesday of the month lunch club. So I have always felt myself to be part of the team, as being part of my community is an essential part of life for me. As a therapist and a cooking teacher, I am always looking for opportunities to bring people together and enhance well being through sharing good food with one another, building a sense of delicious community!
I very much enjoyed supporting Brighton Cauldron to run their BAME food bank from the barn as we could not open for business as usual during lock down. Feeling that we could still serve our community needs in this way was really important for us. Now we are opening our doors for safe activities, the food bank has moved to Ascension Church who are not able to reopen currently, so have the space available. Olive from the church lunch club and I have just had a lovely morning working out ways of working together to keep the idea of community connection active by joining forces to send a small repast to the door of all our diners - where there’s a will (and with food there ALWAYS is!) there’s a way. More news in September!
Sharing a meal together can be one of life's greatest, and simplest of pleasures. There's a special feeling of unity when we eat in a group – like the variety of animals at a waterhole, taking part in the same necessity for life. Old or young, whatever the status or profession, we all share the need to eat and the satisfaction of enjoying a meal. Alongside others, sustenance is something we can all appreciate.
Did you know that Withdean Ward contains some of the highest levels of lone pensioner households in Brighton & Hove? We would like to address issues of loneliness and isolation amongst older people in our community by creating opportunities for them to feel more a part of it.
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Thank you to Sussex Community Foundation, Therapy Kitchen & Real Junk Food Project Brighton for their support
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