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Hackney Shared Lives Cookbook

Hackney Shared Lives Cookbook

During the height of the Covid Pandemic in April 2020, when many activities were not available, the scheme started to work digitally with the carers and people living in the scheme. It was evident to staff that two people who weren’t familiar with each other, were both feeling fed up with the lack of activities outside their homes. The staff member worked with a day carer, and organised a virtual day care activity session for both men. What materialised was a love of cooking and a shared interest. Hence, the idea for the Shared Lives cookbook. James and Graeme challenged each other to a “cook off” each week and the results were photographed by their carers. This varied from making a sandwich to dressing a crab! Everyone’s achievements are celebrated. On the 12 September, James, Graeme and the day carer met in the real world(!) and enjoyed a Mexican lunch…they are planning to meet up again!

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