Feed Me Good will work with 2 London estates that are experiencing major regeneration work. Many residents of Aylesbury and South Acton Gardens Estates face high unemployment, poor health outcomes, isolation, and are culturally diverse communities. We will work to increase residents’ life choices; collect residents’ memories of food and home to produce a Heritage Cookery Book and support the development of relationships to build a strong, positive community. • Residents will meet FMG ‘in their communities’ via outreach • FMG will take time to know residents and understand their needs • FMG will work with these communities to build a foundation of trust that will result in strong relationships, allowing for co-production • New and old residents will have the opportunity to get to know each other, build friendships and create an honest and robust support network • Communities will feel closer by celebrating differences and appreciating commonalities
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Feed Me Good have been working in both locations for over the last 3 years; bringing communities together through our specially tailored workshops that are aimed to develop, empower & produce independence. Aylesbury & South Acton are both disadvantaged areas and undergoing Regeneration works. Feed Me Good wants to ensure that these communities are given the best opportunities to be strong and resilient whilst their homes are disrupted, their areas and neighbours change. Living on the Aylesbury Estate by Social Life (commissioned by Notting Hill Housing) - Many people living on the Aylesbury Estate are on very low incomes, and unemployment is higher than the Southwark average. Residents tend to stick to the parts of the estate they live in or use regularly. Many longer-standing residents voice regret about the loss of community ties. Many households are living in poverty, 39% of people interviewed in the resident's survey had a household income of between £7,001 & £14,000 a year.
Steps to get it done:
• Residents will feel empowered to make positive & informed choices around their lives • Residents’ confidence & skills base will be improved • Residents’ sense of isolation & loneliness will be reduced • Residents will be inspired to help others through volunteering Friendships & Loneliness - “more than 9 million people always or often feel lonely, around 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month and up to 85% of young disabled adults (18-34 year olds) feel lonely”. “Weak social connection is as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day” ~ https://www.jocoxloneliness.org/ This is a time for utilising &celebrating change. However, we must be mindful of the risks that regeneration projects can be to communities if the focus falls just on the physical changes in an area. There must be a balance with attention also being given to ensuring there is a ‘sense of community’ and opportunities that can allow residents to thrive.
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Once a month Nureen delivers a Lunch Social for the older people at QCCA in Kentish Town, some were from sheltered homes and other attend our regular lunches as it's a way of providing them with a nutritious lunch and engagement with their peers. This month themed dinner was Jamaican food. However, Nureen was unable to source the ingredients needed for the Lunch in the area. Our international Aunties came to the rescue they were from Jamaica, South Africa and England not only did our lovely Aunties (They said they are too young for Grandmas) come in early to help Nureen cook for 30 elderly residents from different parts of Camden and Kentish Town. Our amazing Aunties also we home to not only collect the right ingredients to make this amazing food (Also includes Jamaican Rice and Peas) but also collect equipment, As each month we have been having difficulty, however, the dishes that came out of the kitchen was incredible and well received by our hungry residents. Nureen showed our residents the pictures from Age Exchange UK and the stories that were shared simply incredible! This is the essence of Feed Me Good Heritage Club, bringing people together, cooking and learning from each other while sharing our memories and creating new ones.
We have learnt over the years representation is important for the success of others, Dr Delia is a powerhouse in her field, she represents black excellence and through her wisdom, knowledge and guidance Nureen was able to obtain her degree in the presence of any adversity she faced during her time at LSBU. We understand in order to grow and thrive your tribe and community need to be together, you need to be open and respectful and our of many people we are are human with unique skills and talents. Let's grow and thrive together, in our community no one is left alone, everyone is welcomed and included.
For this project we want to tell the stories of the food, traditions and cultures of our communities and develop a book can can serve as their legacy. Food breaks down barriers and bring people together from all walks of life. Its a way of expressing love and respect to one another. This is way we put love and compassion in building every community work with. It's the Feed Me Good Way!