There are an increasing number of adults with caring responsibilities for other adults. This could be a husband caring for a wife, a friend looking who looks after a next door neighbour or a parent looking after an adult child with learning disabilities. Some people are officially recognised as carers, but most people take on this kind of role with no formal recognition. This means that the ‘unofficial’ carers frequently have very little or no respite from their responsibilities. Unpaid carers are typically themselves in poor health.
The Devon Join Strategic Needs Assessment estimated an increase of 10% in people in the Wakley GP Consortium (East Devon) with longstanding ill health after a stroke or heart attack between 2010 and 2016. The number of people in East Devon aged 85 or over is more than twice the national average and the greatest population growth in Devon will be in older age groups: 28% in the 60-69s, 58% in the 70-79s and 92% in the 80-89s.
Our project helps to address the issues facing carers and aims to
Increase confidence in cooking for others.
Improve knowledge of food, nutrition, preparation and planning.
Support those who may be isolated as a result of their caring responsibilities.
The Food Hub project is aimed at adults who cook for others. We run cooking courses and demos as part of this project, but anyone who has signed up to join the Food Hub also receives a fortnightly information or recipe newsletter so that those who are unable to attend our sessions still receive relevant support and advice.
This project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund until 2019.