Free slow cooker support for vulnerable

Slow cooker delivery by Neighbourhood First, DB Domestics and Cllr Helen Burton
Slow cooker delivery by Neighbourhood First, Cllr Helen Burton and DB Domestics

Eastbourne Borough Council’s Neighbourhood First team and Eastbourne Foodbank have been delivering slow cookers to some of the most vulnerable households in the town. 

Organised by Councillor Helen Burton, Deputy Mayor of Eastbourne, the slow cookers were funded by Feeding Britain and provided by DB Domestics at a greatly discounted price.

Councillor Burton said: “My dual roles as CEO of Volunteers Network and Eastbourne Borough Councillor means I can see what is needed and sometimes wear both hats to get the job done. Food poverty is a huge problem nationally and the energy crisis along with the cost-of-living crisis is only making matters worse.

“Slow cookers are a great way of cooking cost effectively whilst also saving energy, so I looked for funding that could make this project happen. The support of DB Domestics meant we could roll out the project to even more households, they have been amazing.

“We have also been given permission by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to reproduce their slow cooker recipe booklet which has loads of energy saving tips in it, as well as some great recipes and we will also be giving these out from Langney Community Centre."

Volunteers Network is a community interest company based at Langney Community Centre. As well as running the centre and Pevensey Community Library they also run the Grow Eastbourne project, opened Eastbourne’s first community fridge and run several groups for families in the St Anthony’s area.