casseroleLogoCasserole is a new social enterprise that brings people together through the simple act of sharing a meal. The service enables people to share extra portions of home-cooked food with others in their area who may not always be able to cook for themselves. Sharing food strengthens local relationships, reconnects people in their neighbourhood, and tackles social isolation and loneliness among older/less physically mobile people.

Casserole makes it easier for people to give: it’s as easy as making an extra portion while cooking a meal. The service completely rethinks traditional meals services – using the web to make it easier to be involved in informal community care, and using food as a social currency to help build new friendships. It’s already helping connect older people with neighbours they wouldn’t otherwise meet.

Run by FutureGov, a social innovation and technology company that works with local government to develop better services, the first pilot began in Reigate and Banstead in Surrey at the beginning of 2012, with funding from the Technology Strategy Board and Design Council’s Independence Matters programme. The team is now partnering with Tower Hamlets Council to establish a second pilot, improving the site technology and developing a sustainable, scalable model that can be implemented throughout the UK.

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