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Harrogate community group celebrates first birthday

Harrogate community group celebrates first birthday

Published at 7:01am 14th June 2019. (Updated at 8:33am 14th June 2019)

Main image: Woodlands Breakfast Club (including children from Willow Tree Primary who were taking part in a Victorian day at school)

Community group celebrates first birthday as it brings two generations together and tackles food waste

  • A community group in Harrogate which brings two generations together is celebrating its first birthday.
  • The Breakfast Club at Woodlands Methodist Church sees youngsters from Willow Tree Primary serve and socialise with local older people.
  • It's takes place every Friday morning.
  • The meal is also served using food from supermarkets which would have otherwise gone to landfill.

Both young and old in Harrogate have been socialising together for over a year now, thanks to a local community group.

The Breakfast Club was launched at Woodlands Methodist Church last year.

Students from Willow Tree Primary serve food and chat with local older people as part of the project.

Catherine Baxter set up the project last year (2018):

"Every week on a Friday at around 8am, we have 10 or more students from Willow Tree school and 10 or more from local older people who come and share breakfast together. It's a great start to the day - both children and adults leave with smiles on their faces.

"The children get to learn new skills and meet new people. The older people get to share their stories and make new friends across the generations. The project is also supported by 16 volunteers who are fanastic.

"We use food waste which is collected from supermarkets and wholesalers. On a Thursdasy night we go to Morrisons, Asda, Bookers, Co-op and Tesco to collect all the food that is heading to landfill - that's food which is coming to its best before date.

"We are also really lucky that the church backs onto the community garden so we can supplement the collected food with fresh produce."

Majorie has been attending since it first began:

"I really like the group - I love children. I do think it's a super thing to do because sometimes it's not always possible to see your own grandchildren and so its lovely to have different relations with younger people."

breakfast club

11-year-old Jenny has been helping out:

"I think Breakfast Club is awesome because we get to talk to older people and we really get to practice our social skills for when we older. It's good fun and helps us with future life."

Fiona Turnball is the chef at Breakfast Club. She's been telling Stray FM, the children benefit so much from the group:

"The students get so much confidence out of being and sitting with older people. If they came and all the youngsters sat together, I don't think it'll be half as effective as it is.

"The group allows the students to serve the older people and have time with an adult which sometimes they don't get because everyone is so busy. It also makes such a big impact in school too."

For more information, please visit the Woodlands Methodist Church facebook group.