Support Older People’s Day & tell us who’s #FullofLife!

A special day is taking place this week, which is very close to our hearts so we simply had to get involved. Casserole Club will be supporting Older People’s Day (1st October) and we’d love you to be involved!

Celebrate your special older person

Tell us something amazing or fun about them and how they are full of life. This could be some nugget of advice they gave you, a story about the past, what they’re doing today, or what they hope to do in the coming years. Anything goes! We’re all about celebrating people who have lived a full life that we can all take inspiration from.

Tell their story

So, tell us something about your nan, great Uncle Frank or whoever’s made a lasting impression on you. Tweet us @Casserole_Club with the hashtag  #FullOfLife or post a story on our Facebook page.

(Example: “My gran would really like Casserole Club. She was a dancer when she was younger, and she still keeps fit with dance classes in town!”)

Paul Mitchell/delicious magazine

Casserole Club diner, Diane | Paul Mitchell /delicious magazine

Suggest to win

We’re happy to say Casserole Club is growing and we are always on the lookout for older people who might want to join as a Diner. If you know someone who could benefit from a home-cooked meal and a friendly chat, why not suggest them to us?

Suggesting diners doesn’t mean that you’re signing them up to Casserole Club. It’s just gives us the opportunity to see if they would be interested in joining up either now or in the future when we come to their area.

If you suggest someone, you’ll not only be introducing them to the joys of Casserole Club but you’ll also be entered to a free draw for the chance to receive a signed cookbook from Casserole Club’s very own volunteer cook and winner of Celebrity Masterchef 2014 Sophie Thomson. Sophie’s new book My Family Kitchen is a treat for any food lover!

So spread the word about Older People’s Day and let’s share some great stories!

Find Casserole Club online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Happy National Friendship Day!


Jess & Claire 2015

This Sunday, 2nd August is “National Friendship Day.” So what a better time to start getting to know some of your neighbours by sharing a home cooked meal and starting a new friendship?

Casserole Club helps bring people together over the dinner table by putting volunteers who like cooking in touch with others who would benefit from a home cooked meal every now and then.

Are you a keen cook who’d like to give back to the community and make a new friend? Do you know someone who might benefit from a friendly chat and a tasty meal from a neighbour? If so, get in touch with us today on 020 3475 3444 or visit

Claire and Jess are Barnet residents who have become friends by sharing meals through Casserole Club. Claire lives on her own, so having Jess visit her on a weekly basis is something she really values. Claire says, “Jess is very sweet and generous. I really appreciate and enjoy her food…”

“Seeing Jess every week is so lovely and she’s now a friend to me.”

Jess has also loved getting involved with Casserole Club She says, “I look forward to Tuesday night, I really do. I look forward to going round and seeing Claire and it takes such a little part of my time – maybe half an hour – but that is half an hour she really, really enjoys and she gets to tell me about her life and how her week has been.”

Jess and Claire’s story was recently featured on ITV’s “Tonight” programme. We’ll be posting a clip from the episode shortly, so stay tuned.

Casserole Club has helped shared over 2,000 meals across the UK and this number is continuing to rise! To get involved by becoming a cook or by receiving a fresh home-cooked meal, give us a call on 020 3475 3444 or visit our website at

And if you don’t think you’d be able to share a meal but still want to support the project, drop us an email at [email protected] as we’re always looking for a helping hand.

Three ways you can help older people in Volunteers’ Week!

This week is Volunteers’ Week. So why not discover new ways to get involved with volunteering in your community?


Take a dip into Casserole Club

Casserole Club helps people do something great with an extra plate! By making it possible to share food and company with older neighbours, we help knit communities together. We’re so happy to have been the starting point for many a new friendship and many a delicious meal.

Casserole Club now has over 7,000 people who have signed up as a Cook to share an extra portion of food with an older neighbour. Here at Casserole Club, we are so overwhelmed by people’s enthusiasm and love for the project so we just wanted to say a big thank you to all of our volunteers for their hard work! We love hearing the stories and how Casserole is making such a difference to those involved – both Cooks and Diners.

“I think it’s a brilliant service, and I hope it continues to do well!”

Clara, Casserole Cook, Tower Hamlets

Thank you all at Casserole Club for really making a difference for me. I enjoy seeing Sophie every week and we have really hit it off. It’s helpful to me because I can’t go out easily and it enables me to eat better.”

Edith, Casserole Diner, Barnet

But we don’t just want to spread the love about Casserole – here are two other projects that we think are excellent!


Use practical ways to embrace old age

When They Get Older is a service which helps older people maintain a quality of life and address the challenges which old age often raises.

“We like to think our web site can help families understand each other’s needs a little more and take practical steps to making life better for everyone.”

Have tea! (and cake obviously)

National charity Contact The Elderly is another way of helping older people tackle loneliness and social isolation. The charity organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and over, who live alone.

“The group is welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same, which means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship.”

Read more about Casserole Club and the other great ways to help older people here and see how you can get involved with Volunteers’ Week in your area.

We are always looking for new Cooks, so if you want to get involved in Casserole Club, go to to sign up today.

If you know someone who could benefit from a regular home-cooked meal in Staffordshire, Barnet, Tower Hamlets, Tameside or Reigate & Banstead, drop us a line at [email protected] or call us on 020 3475 3444.

Six Months in Australia…

“I joined casserole because our family likes home cooking and I believe it’s important for my children to develop a strong sense of community” – Monique, cook

“I couldn’t ask for a better person to be matched with.” – Casserole diner

“I joined the Casserole Club as I realised it matched my love of cooking with being able to help someone else. I’ve had great fun trying out new recipes to share.” – Casserole cook

These are just some of the reasons people enjoy being part of Casserole.


Woman delivering food to an older neighbour

Sharing a meal in Victoria, Australia.

We’re pretty excited to be celebrating 6 months in Australia. A massive thank you to the City of Boroondara , Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Moreland City Council for getting Casserole off to such a fantastic start. With over 160 meals shared already we’re looking forward to reaching even more cooks and diners around the country.

We already have people in more than 40 other areas of Australia signed up and waiting for Casserole to go live in their town or suburb. We’re hoping to be in more parts of Australia soon so if you’re keen to see Casserole set up in your local area register at so we know where you are.

Casserole celebrates four months in Australia by appearing on national radio

Casserole Club began in Australia four months ago, but sometimes it feels like much longer ago given all the great support the project has had from people all the way from Melbourne to Tassie to Perth to Queensland – basically all the way around Australia!

While we’re still trialling in the local Victorian Government areas of Moreland, Boroondara and Macedon Ranges we’re hoping to set up in other parts of the State, and country, soon. Get in touch if you’d like to see Casserole in your local area.

It’s been fantastic to get to know all of our cooks and diners over the last few months. Here are some links so you can share some of the great stories about people sharing meals and getting to know each other.

And a big thanks to the MAV for bringing the concept to Australia and the Department of Health for funding the Casserole Club project in Victoria.

Interview with the ABC’s Radio National:

Mark and Monique talk about the great friendship that has developed between them since they joined Casserole:

Video of how Casserole Club works:

Margaret and Kathy share their story and also give a great overview of just how Casserole works:

Kathy and Margaret have been sharing meals for 3 months now and it’s great to hear Kathy say of Margaret “She makes me laugh so it’s always nice to see her”.

Inspired by Kathy and Margaret? Find out more and sign up to Casserole Club Australia at

Job Opportunity: Be the beating heart of Casserole Club

Casserole Club Volunteers Week

Do you love food, your community and technology? Are you a born communicator – online, offline, face-to-face and the written word? If so, we need you to grow, support and develop the Casserole community.

You’ll be in regular contact with our cooks, diners and clients, travelling around the UK helping to kickstart Casserole across the country and possibly beyond. Working with an excellent team you’ll feed your discoveries into the ongoing development of the product and service we offer.

  • Term: Full time, 6 months contract (including 6-week probation), with the hope of a meaningful extension
  • Location: Casserole HQ is in London, near the Barbican. But you could be based down here or anywhere between London and Liverpool (travelling to London a couple of days a week, with the gift of a Casserole Club rail pass!)
  • Start Date: We are ready when you are… but very soon would be good
  • Salary: £20-25,000 (depending on experience)
  • Closing Date: Monday 22 December 2014

Read the job description and if you fancy your chances, email [email protected] with a CV and covering letter, or email [email protected] if you have any further questions.


Casserole Club Community Organiser


You will be the beating heart of FutureGov’s Casserole product. Working with local community groups and organisations you will help get people signed up to Casserole Club, and you will be a point of contact for our cooks and diners, answering their queries, supporting matching them up, and checking things are going well.

As we work with councils you will be helping them provide excellent customer service to cooks, diners and local organisations, training them in Casserole’s high quality standards and giving them the confidence to run the service.

Your job will be to help councils gather a local Casserole movement, advising on community engagement techniques and leading by example. You will feed what you learn back into the overall Casserole development process, translating from our customers into changes to the product.


  • Experience as a community organiser, convener, or similar
  • Experienced at innovative community engagement in a range of formats e.g. market stalls, workshops
  • Experienced at using social media for organising large groups toward action
  • Experienced at training and leading others in community engagement practice


  • Bright, lively and sociable: a natural connector and mobiliser
  • Able to talk to anyone and make them feel comfortable – from our older diners to our younger cooks
  • Able to communicate well with local community groups and make connections in a local area
  • Organised, methodical, professional: able to manage and coordinate large and complex events
  • Unflappable
  • Flexible and adaptive in your approach: able to work your way around obstacles
  • Confident on the phone
  • Excellent at written communication, especially on social media
  • Willing to use and learn a range of digital tools in your work


  • Community organising – getting people engaged and enthused to be part of a movement
  • Creating a program of engagement activities and supporting councils to make them happen
  • Sharing your knowledge, understanding and community contacts with councils to help them get Casserole off the ground
  • Training local organisations and councils in the high customer service standards of Casserole and helping them implement them in their locality
  • Offering ongoing excellent customer service to existing cooks and diners
  • Feeding into the overall development process of Casserole to make sure the voice of our customers is heard


Casserole Club is part of FutureGov. We are a tight team and want you to be willing to pitch in with other projects, work and events.

If you fancy your chances, email [email protected] with a CV and covering letter. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

How you can make #WinterWarmer for older people across the UK


Research from Age UK shows that people more than 50% of those over 80 years of age in the UK are lonely. This same research also suggests that malnutrition amongst older people is increasing. It is estimated that 1.3 million people aged over 65 suffer from malnutrition, which most of the time is preventable.

That’s why Casserole Club are calling on people across the UK to pledge to share a portion of good home-cooked food with an older neighbour this winter.

We want you to get involved and help make #WinterWarmer.

Casserole Winter Warmer Quote

You don’t have to cook a meal for an older neighbour, though it is one of the ways you can help. Calling round on an older neighbour or family member in the long dark evenings, offering to pick up the newspaper or shopping if it’s cold and icy out, or simply pick up the phone and see how they’re doing – just some ideas of how you can make winter warmer.

And don’t think that our diners (as we like to call them) will just sit back and take your cooking. They’ll make #WinterWarmer for you with their glowing welcome, warming friendship and overall good company.

Casserole Winter Warmer Quote

Take 92 year old Janet Oran, from Tamworth in Staffordshire, for example. She’s been regularly having meals prepared for her by Clare Bradford, when the pair were matched up as part of Casserole Club.

“This is a really nice project and I’m so glad I signed up to it. I don’t see as many people as I used to, so the visit from Clare every Wednesday with the dinner is great.  She is very friendly and always stays for about half an hour so we can have a good chat about what’s going on in the world.  Clare’s meals are lovely and it’s so nice to have one cooked for you.  I don’t mind doing myself a sandwich but cooking a hot dinner is getting more difficult for me and not really worth it when there’s only me.” – Janet, Casserole diner

“I think Casserole Club is a great project and it’s such a simple idea. I love cooking, but I always cook far too much so it makes so much sense to share any extras with people who aren’t able to cook for themselves. It also saves just eating the extra portions yourself just so you don’t waste them!” – Clare, Casserole cook

You can find lots more stories like this over on this new page that describes the story of a Casserole Club meal share.

The Casserole Club team will be sharing more ways you can help on the Casserole Club website, Facebook page and Twitter feed using the hashtag #WinterWarmer.

Join the campaign at and help make #WinterWarmer.

Casserole is heating up in Australia

Casserole Club Australia

A mealshare taking place in Casserole Club Australia

This week saw Casserole Club, our community meal sharing project, celebrate its one month birthday in Australia.

There’s no big birthday celebration planned, but the occasion did provide the perfect opportunity to look back at what’s happened since we took the magic of Casserole in the UK and made it happen in down under.

Despite some concerns about how “Casserole” would translate to an Australian audience (“Tucker Club, anyone?”), not surprisingly the love for Casserole out here is every bit as great as it is over in the UK.

Here’s what people have had to say about Casserole Club:

“The program is a great way to encourage more people to eat fresh and delicious meals and it also helps to tackle social isolation — strengthening community connections with every bite.” — East Ward Councillor Graham Hackett.


“I am a stay at home Mum. Apart from looking after my adorable 18 month old son, two of my favourite things are reading and cooking. I don’t have time/money nowadays to do things like give blood or regular volunteering, but I do love cooking hearty stews and soups, so was very interested to read about the casserole club as a way to help out in the community.” — New Casserole Club Cook

Here’s a rundown of the numbers, one month in:

  • Diners – 8
  • Cooks – 40
  • Mealshares – 2

As you know we’re live in 3 council areas at the moment – Canterbury and Surrey Hills – City of Boroondara, Brunswick in Moreland City Council, and in the town of Lancefield in the Macedon Ranges Shire – but we have already had people from 7 other areas registering as cooks, plus an enquiry from an interstate organisation.

It might not seem much, but it takes a lot of effort just to get the scheme up and running, making sure the right safety checks are in place and that we can recruit the right volunteers for the project. And there will be a heap more pair-ups and meal shares soon.

Facebook is starting to fill up with some nice posts from cooks with their meals and veggie gardens. Take a look and give us a like at

We’re also getting some nice local media coverage – here’s a summary:

So that’s a brief happy first month update. Thanks again for all the great support from everyone that made it happen. We can’t wait to see the community grow and grow!

Live in Australia and want to get involved with Casserole Club? Head to and sign up now!

Prepare to be Blown Away – Introducing the Caring Cooks of Jersey

A couple of weeks ago Melissa posted on our Facebook page to say she’d been inspired to start a similar community project in Jersey, after reading about Casserole in Waitrose magazine. After just a few months, Caring Cooks of Jersey has already grown to 40 volunteers cooking around 100 meals a week!

When Melissa first decided to start offering to cook for anyone going through a hard time, she was inundated with offers of help – and new people are still joining in every week. With so much help, Melissa was struggling to find people to cook for, and so got in touch with the local foodbank to offer meals to their community. This is now one of the main places the Caring Cooks support, allowing the foodbank to supply quality, nutritious, home-cooked frozen meals to their users, along with the normal food parcels – which is fantastic.

As well as the foodbank, the group have cooked for a women’s refuge whilst their kitchen was being refurbished, and regularly cook for a number of families – including a family of 7 where mum has serious heart problems and faces surgery soon.

The Caring Cooks’ Facebook group is full of posts that we can really only describe as heart-warming. It’s clearly a community of love, and also one that beginning to come together to do more than just cook meals.

A picnic in the park for everyone involved is planned for the summer, and they are beginning to run volunteer cooking days with local businesses. Cooks share recipe ideas, what they’re cooking, and are constantly lending each other equipment and donating food (a post today offers two chickens to anyone that can use them).

The whole of the Casserole team has been really touched to hear about the amazing work being done by the Caring Cooks of Jersey, and the fantastic impact they’re having on their community.

If you’re in Jersey and want to get involved, drop us a comment below, and we’ll put you in touch.

Keep up the good work, Caring Cooks!

Update: This post has sat in our drafts folder for a few weeks, and since we wrote it, the Caring Cooks have announced plans to start their own foodbank in partnership with a local community centre. How amazing is that?!

All photos from the Caring Cooks Facebook Group – thanks!

Happy Volunteers’ Week from Casserole Club!

Casserole Club Volunteers Week

Our Cooks are great and – as it’s Volunteer’s Week, we want to take this opportunity to celebrate the amazing work of the Casserole Club community to say a huge thank you!

So far, over 4,000 people across the country have signed up to Cook for older neighbours and we are constantly overwhelmed by their enthusiasm, generosity and kindness.

Casserole Club connects volunteers in the community (We call them Cooks) to older neighbours who would appreciate a home-cooked meal (We call them Diners). Cooks prepare a meal in their own home, popping a portion in a container and dropping it round later that day to an older neighbour we’ve matched them with.

Often our Cooks stay for a cup of tea and a chat too. It’s a great, simple way of getting to know our neighbours, sharing delicious and nutritious meals and encouraging lasting friendships within the local community.

Casserole Club has made a massive difference to the lives of people involved, inspiring both Cooks and Diners to eat healthy fresh meals.

As 71 year old Laurie says:

“Having Lyn (Cook) in my life has given me the impetus to eat better and nourish my body more, it’s great, i’m very grateful for this service”

But it’s not just about the food, new Cook Caroline who has just started sharing meals with Anna in Tower Hamlets says:

“Safe to say I think I have made a new friend”.

Despite leading a busy London life Caroline finds it relaxing to volunteer with Casserole Club as it gives her the opportunity to savour the simple things, encouraging her to make time to cook and enjoy sharing food with someone new!

So thank you to all of our amazing volunteers.

If you often have a spare portion of dinner and want to make a difference to an older person near you, how about joining Casserole Club rather than throwing it away?

You can signup online on the Casserole Club website.

Also if you know someone who might benefit from being a Diner with Casserole Club please do get in touch by emailing us at [email protected].

P.S. We’ve been nominated in the Tech4Good awards, so if you’d like to support our volunteers, please do vote for us as the People’s Choice: