Fitness, Food and Friends – Magna Vitae

The Project will involve sessions within the community which bring people together to learn about ways in which they can help themselves to improve physical and mental wellbeing. By holding the sessions in accessible venues close to where people live we aim to improve participant’s connections with their communities and increase their social connections and friendship networks.

Sessions will be delivered in 12 week blocks and the content will include:

  • Physical activity (gentle sessions ran alongside other information)
  • General nutrition advice, plus specific subjects depending on the needs of the group’s participants. Some practical cooking will come under this theme.
  • Links to smoking cessation, alcohol, gamble aware brief advice and signposting. This will depend on the need of participant and may link into other projects, such as the New Integrated Lifestyle Service which will be launched in July 2019 by Lincolnshire County Council . This service will cover East Lindsey with special emphasis on the deprived coastal areas of Skegness and Mablethorpe.
  • Mental health and wellbeing, and will include strategies for maintaining good mental health and improving that which may be problematic.
  • Sleep – the benefits of good sleep patterns and strategies to enable healthy sleep hygiene.
  • Food nostalgia and cooking on a budget.
  • Intergenerational – for some sessions we will look at sharing skills and knowledge with younger groups if there is the demand for this. For example, we will look to work with the ECO Centre in Skegness where sessions will be delivered outdoors where there may be opportunities for older people to share practical skills with younger groups.

The project will engage participants with discussion and practical participation to provide information which will enable them to improve their wellbeing in a social environment such as in a community hall, or leisure centre.

For more information please contact Marko Humphrey via email: marko.humphrey@mvtlc.org or call: 01507 681811 or 07767664186. You can also contact Erica Bowering via erica.bowering@mvtlc.org or call: 07919 226933

These 12 week courses have taken place in community venues including Wragby, Holton le Clay, North Somercotes, Skegness Saxon Fields and Chapel St Leonards.

Age UK Lunch Clubs

Our Lunch Clubs have been set up to tackle social isolation and loneliness among our ageing population; especially in rural areas where there are fewer services and more difficulties accessing public transport links. It’s aimed at the over 50s and especially those who may have been missing out on regular social contact, serving fresh, home cooked food. They are a key part of our work to relieve loneliness and prolong independence in later life by providing a meeting point for older people the community

Over the next two years we would like to continue to support the groups established through previous funding, as well as offering some more in depth support to other voluntary run groups, by providing support around best practice, finance, food hygiene policy and procedures.  We would also like to explore the opportunities to link with local pubs and hotels in the key target areas and develop a new model of delivery.

We would also like to explore the opportunities to link with local pubs and hotels in the key target areas and develop a new model of delivery. This has been successful in other parts of the country where Lunch Clubs are predominantly hosted by pubs who are often the hub of a rural community. This model asks the pub or hotel to cater for the older people who are charged around £5.00 or £6.00, depending on the venue, for a two course meal.

For more information please contact info@ageuklindsey.co.uk or call 01507 524242.

We would see the continuation and development of Lunch Clubs as a key component alongside befriending in ensuring older people can access social group activities, meet other people and have a Gateway to Friendship.