Food is bringing tenants at Hadrian Lodge in South Shields together to share memories and meals.

On the menu are tried and tested favourites that customers remember cooking for their families such as hotpot, broth, tapioca and singing hinnies (a traditional scone-like griddle cake famous in the North East of England) as well as new items such as onion bhajis.

There’s a strong emphasis on working together to choose the menus and discuss why the meal is important to them. A community tutor leads the project and is experienced in bringing people together and creating a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Resident Lorna Robertson said: “I’m really enjoying these sessions. It’s lovely to hear about the happy memories people have. It’s good fun and there’s the benefit of a nutritious and hot meal shared with friends.”

Margaret Cullen, resident, said: “It has been a great experience and has given us the confidence to continue, without the support of a tutor, when the sessions finish.”

Scheme Managers Val Cousin and Jackie Wales said: “It’s lovely to see the tenants working together and socialising. Everyone has a job whether it is peeling veg, setting the table, washing up or serving. Residents look forward to each week and feel proud of their achievements.”

This project was made possible with support through legacy funding who would like to hear from locations that are looking to fund great ideas or projects, rather than individual items or trips.


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