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Huge Funding Boost for Community Kitchen

Published on Monday, 17th December 2018

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Nuneaton & Bedworth Healthy Living Network (HLN), a local charity that began reducing health inequalities in 2003, are delighted to have secured £87,000 of National Lottery funding to extend their successful Peoples Pantry social eating project into North Warwickshire over the next 12 months.

This award will allow a further expansion of the already nationally recognised and innovative services that the HLN are delivering in partnership with North Warwickshire Borough Council and others from its base in Innage Park, Atherstone under the hugely successful “Ediblelinks” brand. This work that already sees local individuals, schools and community groups supported via a partnership arrangement almost wholly supported by the online supermarket, Ocado will be expanded further to help support people in the borough who are lonely and in many cases isolated.

Sonya Johnson, HLN Chief Officer, explained, "Community development and partnership working is at the core of our delivery model and the reason for our success. Through listening to older people, who constantly told us services did not exist or meet their needs, we have worked with them and a number of key partners from the Borough and County Council to design and deliver solutions. We are excited to be able to bring new services into North Warwickshire with our approach to promote social eating with the addition of health & wellbeing activities to compliment the other work we already do.”

HLN's pilot project at Ratcliffe Centre, Atherstone Community Kitchen which currently offers hot cooked meals to over 60 people once a month will now be expanding to cover other priority areas within North Warwickshire. The aim of the work will be to alleviate the feelings of loneliness and people being trapped in their own homes that people tell us they feel, due to a lack of mobility, loss of family, friends and caring responsibilities.