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Age Friendly Cook Along

Age Friendly Ireland

Sligo County Council Logo

Programme: Sligo

WHO Theme: Social Participation

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Nutrition Eating Well, Positive Mental And Emotional Health, Staying Connected

Funding Stream: Community Resilience Fund CovidLocal AF Programme Funding

Resources Required: Financial, Paid Staff

Cost: 1000-5000


The Virtual Cook Along provided the opportunity for Older People in County Sligo to remain connected during the restrictions applied due to COIVID 19 in the winter of 2021. Advance Assistance in getting access to the virtual Programme was provided by the tutor to all participants. Shopping lists of required ingredients and untnsiils were all provided to participants in advance. The tutor made the interaction enjoyable and interactive and over a 2 hour tutorial participants made started, main course and dessert. All meals were freezable and cooking for 1, with tasty and nutritional food was always to the fore. However, more importantly, friendships were made over the course of the sessions and plenty of laughs were had.

Aim of Initiative

Older people who were isolated due to COVID 19. Men were also encouraged to attend.

Who is it aimed at

Older people who were isolated due to COVID 19. Men were also encouraged to attend.

Steps critical to success

  1. The right tutor
  2. Tutor spending set up time with participants
  3. Words of encouragement to people fearful of participating

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. the tutor is essential and their ability to host sessions and deal with technical challenges

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. enabled us to engage with older people who may not engage with us and under GDPR to develop a list of people who want to hear more about our initiatives
  2. connecting people
  3. nutritional and mental healthy value

Evaluation / Report:

Aisling Smyth, Sligo County Council,

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