The City of Boroondara is recruiting cooks and diners to take part in Casserole Club, a meals sharing program that connects people who would like to share extra portions of home-cooked food with older neighbours, who might not be able to cook for themselves regularly.

Through the program they have a chance to meet neighbours and get help to remain living independently in their own home. The program has proven to help build lasting relationships and a sense of community.

Mayor of Boroondara, Councillor Phillip Healey, said the Casserole Club was an ideal volunteering program for busy people who are eager to find a way of giving back to the community.

“There’s no minimum obligation or ongoing commitments; cooks are typically people who would love to help their local community, but don’t feel they have the time,” Cr Healey said.

“Casserole Club fosters connections between generations, tackles social isolation and offers flexible volunteering opportunities for busy people. There are some great friendships forming between cooks and clients that bring a lot of happiness to both,” he said.

To sign up as a cook, interested community members can visit www.casseroleclub.com.au and be matched with an appropriate diner once a food hygiene test and police check have been completed.

For more information visit www.boroondara.vic.gov.au or contact Kylie Ryan, Active Ageing Support Officer, Health Active Ageing and Disability Services on 9278 4777 or [email protected]

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