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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