You Can Cook, working in partnership with Eildon Housing Association, has developed a project, “Cook, Eat and Blether”, which will be delivered as a pilot at two care homes – in Galashiels and Melrose.
You Can Cook has been working for the last few years with Eildon on various projects, from working with migrants and locals in a food-based integration project to supporting staff on eating energised lunches at work. Residents’ views were also taken on board.
“Cook, Eat and Blether” deals with isolation issues, health and nutrition, local and seasonal foods, healthy recipes and provides a platform for residents, visitors and staff to socialise together around food. Residents are encouraged to join in the cooking.
One of the main aims is to rekindle residents’ childhood memories of favourite recipes and dishes.
It is also planned to collate recipes in a leaflet, helping to expand these activities to other sheltered developments and surrounding communities.
z The photograph shows a cookery demonstration at Eildon’s Oakwood Park development in Galashiels.