Take one cook, a portion of good food and a dollop of human kindness and you have the recipe for a new project being launched in Brighton and Hove to combat loneliness.

Some people don’t offer to volunteer as they fear it will take up lots of time and commitment.

To tie in with Volunteers Week, I wanted to highlight that whatever your availability, from an hour a year, to a couple of hours a week, there are always ways to get involved in community food projects which have a significant impact on other people in your community.

 

To tie in with Meat Free May, this blog; the first from our new Shape Up series, aims to look at the merits of going meat free and explores the alternatives.

In aid of Know My Neighbour week, which started on Saturday 21 May, we decided to hold a little community picnic for the locals of Saunders Park. Any excuse for some good food, nice chat and games really.

 

Confused by the recent headlines claiming that low-fat diets make you fat? Fortunately Brighton and Hove Food Partnership public health nutritionist Jo Lewin has some no-nonsense advice to help you make healthy and sensible choices and steer you through the conflicting headlines.

A new film highlighting how gardening has transformed the lives of hundreds of people facing issues such as homelessness, mental health and learning disabilities has been launched by the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership.

 

We are pleased to launch our new three year Food Partnership project aimed at helping people with mild to moderate dementia.

We are now recruiting for volunteers to help support our new dementia-friendly gardening and cookery projects, funded by Brighton & Hove’s Clinical Commissioning Group for the next three years.

If you haven’t heard Know My Neighbour week starts next Saturday 21 May. The campaign aims to create a better connected Brighton and Hove through simply saying ‘Hello Neighbour’ and perhaps inviting them to a picnic or a chat over a cuppa.

One of our core beliefs at BHFP is that simply sharing time with people over a drink or meal has the effect of reducing social isolation and where better to start than with your neighbours.

Saunders Park was developed into an ‘eco-park’ in 2009 by Groundwork with the help of the local community and funding from M&S charging for carrier bags. Among other things, they planted an orchard, created a big wildlife pond and built a handful of raised beds for growing fruit and veg.