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Elderly Benefit from New Rural Kitchen

Published: Thur, 10 Nov 2016
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Pictured (l-r) Sean Carlin, Lettershandoney & District Development Group; kitchen staff Thomas Doherty & Lisa Deans; and our Chief Executive Clark Bailie
A new community catering service offering a ‘meals on wheels’ service for older people living in rural north Derry has received funding from the Housing Executive.
Lettershandoney & District Development Group (L&DDG) recently secured £20,000 from the housing authority’s Social Housing Enterprise Awards scheme.
Sean Carlin, from the local group, said:
“We have just completed a new build community centre in partnership with the local council and created a ‘Rural Kitchen’ project which is strategically targeting those hardest to reach in this part of rural north Derry.  
“The Housing Executive award will allow the ‘Rural Kitchen’, which is a social enterprise, to provide affordable meals for the elderly, those experiencing social isolation or mobility problems and, those people restricted in their ability to utilise or access services.
“The kitchen began delivering meals last month and is already proving popular in the community.
“We aim to provide fresh, affordable food that encourages healthy living and eating, complemented by additional activities that promote healthy lifestyles and social interaction, such as bowling, curling and yoga.
“Our vision is to create a self-sustaining social economy project that will provide an anchor service to meet an increasing need, as well as stimulate local economic activity and create local employment.“
Paul Carland, Social Enterprise Liaison Manager at the Housing Executive, said:
“We are delighted to support this social enterprise which will bring a much needed service to people living in the rural community. The Social Housing Enterprise Awards scheme was set up to help create vibrant neighbourhoods for local people to live in.”