Ambition for Ageing Social Eating Scaled Programme Launch

Wed, 28/03/2018

Social Eating Scaled Programme Launch – invitation to bid

Eating socially can help people make new connections and maintain existing relationships.

However, more so than any other age group in the population, people over 50 are likely to experience major changes in their family and social lives, such as relationship breakdown and bereavement, resulting in altered eating patterns.

While circumstances such as these often force people to eat alone, others may actively choose to do for a number of reasons including comfort, habit and budget.

Working better by working together

Ambition for Ageing is seeking to create partnerships to develop and compare a range of sustainable social eating with a diverse range of communities in Greater Manchester. The work will contribute to a guide they are formulating on social eating and will highlight:

  • Barriers to social eating
  • Characteristics of successful projects
  • Necessary preconditions for success

This work will be delivered across at least four of the following areas: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside and Wigan.

Overall Programme Aims

They know from previous work in this field that communal eating has a number of benefits to emotional wellbeing. It can instil feelings of community, identity and self-worth, provides a sense of structure and routine and establishes a regular event to look forward to.

By increasing the number of opportunities for older people to eat together, they seek to create a range of social occasions where people feel they belong, can bond and find new friends.

Contract length and value

The contract period will run from July 2018 until March 2020.  The contract value is £250,000.

Deadline for submissions: 12 noon, Wednesday 9th May 2018.

To find out more

If you are interested in finding out more about bidding for this work, please go to GMCVO website and register on the bidding portal: