As part of Leeds Age Proud Festival, Leeds Older People’s Forum will be having afternoon tea with some of the table hosts who help to run the Shared Tables and Meet and Eat activities with Moor Allerton Elderly Care and Cross Gates Good Neighbours.
If you are part of an organisation or a natural social butterfly who loves getting people together, and you’d like to know more about what you might do to organise something similar, book your free place and come along. You’ll get tea, and the chance to chat to some of the people who make it happen on a regular basis, to help you decide if you want to have a go yourself.
Date: Thursday 14 September
Venue: Left Bank, Cardigan Road, Burley LS6 1LJ
To book your free place, click here: Experience a Shared Table with a volunteer host
What are Shared Tables?
The Shared Tables project in Crossgates was suggested by members who used to enjoy going out for a pub meal but had been widowed, or lost the friends they used to eat with. The project was so popular they produced a toolkit to help show others how to run them, and then MAECare joined in. This event is part of the Age Proud Festival, but would be a great activity for any neighbourhood, and for groups of all ages.
Shared tables groups can be pretty much self-organising at a local level, as they involve people paying for their own meals, and the group coming together to decide what they want to eat and where (so they can set their own budgets, or vary the places they go). But the key to their success is the idea of having a ‘table host’ at each table – someone who has the confidence to make sure everyone gets introduced and included every time.