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What is Eat Together for Age UK Exeter?

Published on 30 April 2019 09:29 AM

#EatTogetherExeter is a local fundraising initiative created by Age UK Exeter.     

#EatTogetherExeter can involve anything from a simple supper club with friends to a bake sale. It is a series of events run by you and others, across the city to raise money to help combat loneliness in Exeter.

Why get involved?

Loneliness is a huge problem in modern society.  In Exeter there are 20,400 people over the age of 65 and the research shows that around 1 in 10 of those will be lonely most or all of the time – that’s over 2,000 people in Exeter alone. Some research we undertook with Exeter Senior Voice showed that figure rose to nearly 1 in 3 in people over 80.  In the UK, half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all (Age UK 2016).

Loneliness is bad for your health too, according to experts it is as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and worse for you than obesity. Research shows that lonely people are more likely to suffer from dementia, heart disease and depression and it can increase your risk of death by 29%.

By supporting #EatTogetherExeter you’re directly helping Age UK Exeter to reach out to isolated and lonely people in the city. Age UK Exeter work tirelessly in Exeter to combat loneliness, we do this through a variety of schemes. Including; Careline - telephone conversation and friendship to older people living alone who have few social contacts. Pop-in groups – we have a number of social groups and activities happening throughout the city and voluntary visitors Volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life are carefully matched up with older people who live alone and may feel isolated, and visit them at home for an hour or two each week.

Every donation counts:

  • £10 pays for a month of ‘Careline’ calls to someone living alone.
  • £25 pays for a month of face to face visits to someone isolated in the community.
  • £50 pays for an isolated older person to attend one of our social groups for six months.
  • £100 pays for 20 people to come together once a week for a month.
  • £250 pays for an isolated older person to be connected with a volunteer visitor for a whole year.

Through #EatTogetherExeter you can raise essential funds for older people in Exeter while socialising and spending quality time with friends, family and friends you haven’t met yet.

How to get involved!

We have oodles of ideas to inspire you below. If you can, invite your older neighbours and relatives.

Host a Supper Club - Anyone can host their own #EatTogetherExeter supper club to raise funds for Age UK Exeter’s campaign to combat loneliness. Simply invite your friends, ask them to donate and enjoy an evening of delicious cooking for a cause.

Have a Bake Sale - Organise your own #EatTogetherExeter charity bake. Get creative and team up  with your friends, family and colleagues to bake some delicious cakes and to donate the proceeds.

Give an #EatTogetherExeter amateur cookery class - Are you a keen cook? Why not ask your friends for donations while you show them how to cook your favourite dishes and eat together.

Organise a big #EatTogetherExeter family get together - It’s a great excuse to get the family together to celebrate with your older relatives.

Why not raise money Devon style and have your own #EatTogetherExeter cream tea party!

Get your colleagues involved with an #EatTogetherExeter Breakfast/lunch at work – who doesn’t like to have a breakfast ready for them when they get to work!

Take it outside with a family or community Picnic in the Park (or on the beach).

Musical theme - Do you have friends who can sing/play an instrument? Host an Open Mic party and ask people to bring a dish, a song and of course a donation!

These are just a few ideas and over the next few months we will be uploading lots of resources to help make your ~EatTogetherExeter event a big success.

Help spread the word and share!

Whether you’ve cooked to help end loneliness, been to an event or just want to share pictures of your dinner on Instagram, please help to spread the word.

Share the love #EatTogetherExeter @AgeUKExeter