Older Adults Eating Well Together

Older Adults Eating Well Together is a peer-to-peer support program for older adults focusing on healthy eating and social connections. Trained volunteers provide support and guidance to community members who apply for a peer to assist them with their healthy eating goals.

Are you an older adult who would benefit from some support from a peer with your healthy eating goals?

An ideal candidate for this program is someone who is 65+ years of age and who wishes to make changes towards healthy eating through the support of a peer. This could include people who are low income, living alone, have limited social support, lack transportation or mobility and/or health issues.

Possible activities peer mentors can do with participants:

  • Discussing food, cooking, favourite recipes, gardening etc.
  • Going for coffee or tea
  • Computer – learning where to find nutrition information
  • Gardening
  • Goal setting
  • Sharing or preparing meals, cooking, baking together
  • Learning new cooking techniques
  • Support with shopping and making shopping lists
  • Sharing recipes/getting new recipe ideas
  • Goal setting related to healthy eating/nutrition
  • Attending community events related to food
  • Reading or watching movies about food and discussing together
  • Discussing current events related to food
  • Sharing or learning about others cultural foods

For more information please contact the coordinator Alice Wyche for more information at alice.wyche@nanaimofoodshare.ca or 778-744-3245

Are you interested in being a peer volunteer?

Volunteers attend 12 hours of training on various topics such as healthy eating, cooking, local resources and supporting others. They are also provided ongoing support through regular meetings with peers and further training. Once trained, volunteers can provide peer support though a variety of ways in the community including: one-on-one support to a peer, facilitation of cooking/food programs, or advocating for healthy eating. A six month commitment as a volunteer is required.

An Older Adults Eating Well Together Volunteer is someone who:

  • Is and active older adult, 55+ years of age
  • Is passionate about food, healthy eating and community
  • Interested in sharing their skills with others
  • Is empathetic and motivated to help others
  • Is a good listener and communicator
  • Is non-judgmental and limits personal views and opinions when supporting others
  • Is able to set boundaries and understands the importance of maintaining confidentiality
  • Clean criminal record check
  • Is interested in learning about and sharing evidenced based nutrition guidelines
  • Does not have a financial conflict of interest (eg. sells supplements)
  • Flexible and willing to provide feedback*

*This is a pilot project, and we are seeking feedback from participant on how to adapt the program to best meet the needs of older adults in our community

To apply to be a volunteer please click here for our online form.

For more information please contact the coordinator Alice Wyche for more information at alice.wyche@nanaimofoodshare.ca or 778-744-3245