Food project brings all ages together

Members of our Janner Men’s Shed have been working with the younger generation on a project which has got them preparing and enjoying lots of tasty meals.

Food is Fun CIC and Barnardo’s have been leading the six-week intergenerational project at Poole Farm, which has seen the group grow veg and share nutritious lunches together.

During the collaboration they also fed the pigs and goats at the farm, collect fresh eggs and handle small animals.

Tami Skelton, Director of Food is Fun CIC, said: “The children attending have all been under five. It’s almost like an ‘Adopt a Grandad’ scheme. Many children do not have grandparents in their lives, so we asked the Men’s Shed group if they could help us to support them. On the other side, the families were happy to interact with the men’s group, especially when they realised that some of them don’t have family of their own. It’s been wonderful. There’s been some great social interaction.”

Men’s Shed member Keith Farley said: “I really appreciated spending time with the little ones at Poole Farm. We had a lovely time planting vegetable seeds whilst mum and dad had cooking lessons. It was a great chance to have look around the farm and feed the animals together. The little ones liked the goats and the rabbits.”

Ryan Huws, who oversees the Men’s Shed project for PCH, said: “Janner Men’s Shed members are really enjoying their time at Poole Farm and keep talking about it with the others when back at base. They’ve made little wooden tops on the lathe for all the Barnardo’s kids.”

The Janner Men’s Shed is a PCH-led project which sees our older male tenants share the tools and resources they need to work on projects and to socialise in a safe and friendly venue.