This service aims to combat isolation amongst people living with HIV in London by bringing groups together for a hot, nutritionally-tailored meal and some good conversation. It is also designed to improve participants’ overall health, energy levels, confidence and independence by offering the opportunity to meet new people, share experiences and learn more about healthy eating and other relevant topics.
To access this service it is necessary to be referred to the service by a referrer.
Stigma and discrimination related to HIV infection leads to isolation for many people living with HIV. As people grow older, this isolation becomes exacerbated. Social isolation is often linked with a lack of motivation to look after one's health and a poor diet.
In Autumn 2011, The Food Chain partnered with AgeUK Camden to pilot Eating Together, a new service designed to address social isolation in people living with HIV.
34 people attended the Eating Together pilot supported by a team of dedicated volunteers. Expansion of the new service is assured in 2012 and 2013 thanks to a generous two year grant from City Bridge Trust.