Coventry City of Culture Trust connects people through food this festive period


Above image credit: Image credit TV Trev Photography.

We've commissioned a new project to connect people through food – despite them being kept apart by Coronavirus.

Our Caring City team is working with local food and art practitioners, Tales from Coventry Tables, on The Ministry of Comfort & Joy ahead of Christmas.

The project will see the Tales team work with 20 socially-active organisations across the city to support, enable, and equip them to hold an event or activity that brings joy to their staff, volunteers and clients.

Those organisations are working across target areas including young people; disabled people; socially isolated older people; women fleeing violence and needing refuge; young people in care; people experiencing homelessness; addiction; and poor mental health.

From online Makaton lip sync battles and podcasts, pizza-making packs and random gifts of kindness being delivered, to food-themed poetry films – the organisations have all developed their own ideas and been encouraged to apply for funding and support to deliver them.

It includes the team at Cook Together Eat Together, which works with the over 55s, delivering indulgent Winter’s Day Packages Of Joy to residents in sheltered housing.

James Hoare from Cook Together Eat Together said: “Older people can end up socially isolated and, throughout the pandemic, Cook Together Eat Together have been out and about delivering simple recipe packs to this group of people who they might usually be enticing to try their face-to-face cookery sessions.”

Jacqui Gavin, Senior Producer of our Caring City team, said: “Food is a great connector and an important part of people’s culture. Last year we ran Feast, in partnership with Central England Law Centre, Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, Central England Law Centre, and Positive Youth Foundation and their networks and partners.

“It was a real celebration of these amazing organisations and the people they work with. Sadly, we couldn’t do that this year but we wanted to enable people to organise their own mini feasts so we commissioned The Ministry of Comfort and Joy. We hope that we can build on this for 2021 and when we are able to be together, these amazing organisations and their people will share in a feast in person, during our year of culture.”

Main image: Last year's City of Culture Feast in Coventry Cathedral. Image credit TV Trev Photography.

Image: Festive hampers.

Image: Festive hampers.