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Older people: case studies

Scotland has a strong tradition of community food initiatives involving older people both as volunteers and customers. Many are located in low-income communities where access to affordable, healthy food can be a major issue in ensuring a long and healthy life. Food and eating with others (in lunch clubs, for example) also helps reduce social isolation.

Perth and Kinross Healthy Communities Collaborative

Eating well and healthy diet in older people workshop in Birnam and Dunkeld Perth and Kinross Healthy Communities Collaborative is a community-led health promotion initiative. It works with older people from specific communities, and empowers them to improve health and quality of life for themselves and their peers.  Taking an asset based approach their work in Birnam and Dunkeld developed around a focus on eating well and a healthy diet, and continues to evolve.

Read ‘Perth and Kinross Healthy Communities Collaborative’ here

Dixon Community Minority Ethnic Day Activity & Friendship Centre

Rice, curry, nan bread and salad

This is a centre for frail older people from the minority ethnic community where their cultural and religious needs are recognised. The lunch club provides the opportunity for members to enjoy a healthy meal in the company of friends.

Read ‘Dixon Community Minority Ethnic Day Activity & Friendship Centre’ here