One wonderful community project spreading across the UK is the Casserole Club which connects people who like to cook and are happy to share an extra portion of a delicious home cooked meal with an older neighbour.

By 2018, Adult Social Care will face a funding gap of £907 million. And with more than half the population set to be 50+ by 2020, community based projects like this will help fill the gap.

Designed and piloted in partnership with four local councils, Casserole Club is a proven, low-cost way to reduce social isolation and improve food provision among older people. The service helps people share extra portions of home-cooked food with others in their area who might not always be able to cook for themselves.

It’s great. The initiative strengthens local neighbourhood relationships, delivers a hot, cooked meal and a friendly chat.

More than 6,000 people across Britain and Australia have signed up to share meals through Casserole Club. Of the older people receiving meals through the service, 70% of them consider their volunteer cooks to be friends and 80% say they wouldn’t have as much social contact as they’d like without services like Casserole Club.