Older men’s cooking group appear on One Show

CSV’s LifeLines older men’s cooking group appeared on BBC One “The One Show” on Friday 5 April at 7pm.

The “cook, share and eat” older men’s cooking group, part of CSV’s RSVP project LifeLines in Brighton was a huge hit on the popular BBC One “The One Show”.

Carlos cooks up a storm:

Presenter and food critic Jay Rayner interviewed the group while they cooked a meal for 15 people, our greatest number of guests ever! Jay Rayner seemed to enjoy the meal of Shepherds pie with roasted vegetable topping, and chocolate brownies. Well done to everyone who was involved, especially our four cooks Peter, Carlos, Roger and David.

Helen Bashford, Volunteer Development Officer said: “The group has gone from strength to strength and we were all delighted to be visited by the One Show. We really enjoyed cooking Jay Rayner a meal!”

The older men’s cooking group has been running a year and meets monthly. The group is supported by an older volunteer and a food trainer, cooking a three course meal each month. The members invite guests to eat the lunch they have prepared. A great way to welcome new members.

Cook, share and eat developed when the LifeLines older men’s cooking course “Old Spice” came to an end after 3 years of affordable and healthy cooking training. The members missed cooking and eating together and decided to be “like Oliver Twist and ask for more”.

LifeLines supports older volunteers to run activity groups and give one to one support to older people in the Queens Park area of Brighton. LifeLines older volunteers run groups in Patching Lodge, a Hanover extra care housing scheme which is open to the wider community.

The project is run in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council, NHS Sussex and Hanover Housing Association. We also receive funding from the Big Lottery.

Call us on 01273 688117 and find out how you could get involved

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Gentle Exercise – more classes starting in September!

Exercise to help you to get fit in your own time and at your own pace.

Shamsul Choudhury is a qualified martial arts instructor/trainer with over 40 years experience. Shamsul has developed this gentle exercise class to help you get active, improve your flexibility and your general fitness.

Mondays 12.30—1.30 at Patching Lodge from September 5th 2016

Wednesdays 1.30 – 2.30 at the Edge Community Centre, 87 Pankhurst Avenue BN2 9AF from September 7th 2016

For more details please contact LifeLines on 01273 688117.


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Monthly tea dance – back on Thursday 1st September 2.30 – 4.30 pm

Why not come along and join others on the dance floor or just enjoy the music with tea and cakes. First Thursday of every month 2.30 – 4.30 pm.

You can also come along at 2.00 and learn a few steps with Dave before the main dance.

Where: Patching Lodge in the dining area. Patching Lodge is on the corner of Eastern Road and Freshfield Road opposite the Gala Bingo Hall, BN2 0AQ.

Want to learn more steps? Come to Dave’s Ballroom Dance Class on the first Tuesday of the month 2.30 – 4.00. Call 01273 688117 for details.

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Talking about Loss – new group starting July 2016

Have you suffered a loss? Don’t sit at home alone. A new series of informal support starts in July with an experienced Bereavement Counsellor. Come and share your experiences with others in a safe and secure place. Learn about the grieving process and develop strategies for coping and moving forward.

The group will run on Tuesdays, 10.30am – 12 noon. Please call 01273 688117 for more information and to book a place.

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NEW! Craft and card making workshops – next workshop : Monday 15th August

Get creative and make your own greetings cards! LifeLines volunteers will show you how you can make your own greetings cards using a range of arts and crafts materials.

Workshops will take place on the 3rd Monday of every month 2.30 – 3.30 at Patching Lodge.

Dates for your diary:  September 19th / October 17th / November 21st.

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Have a look at our new page above, which has details and links to information and activities aimed at men aged 50+.

We’d love to hear from you if you have a special interest and would like to run your own group. Please email us on or call on 01273 688117.

We’ll be hosting an event at The Friends Meeting House on November 19th so would really welcome your ideas and would appreciate any support to run activities on the day.

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Ballroom Dance classes – first Tuesday of the month, 2.30 – 4pm

FREE lessons led by our experienced Dance Teacher and LifeLines volunteer, Dave. Come along and learn some new steps for our monthly Tea Dances, or just to have some fun!

Diary dates for summer 2016: 2nd August, 6th September.

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