Social isolation and loneliness have been proven to have a significant impact on physical and mental health, especially in older people, who are particularly vulnerable. Increasing participation in social and leisure activities enables older people to stay connected to their communities and maintain or establish positive, supportive relationships.
In areas undergoing significant regeneration, like Elephant and Castle, older residents can feel disconnected and isolated from the change going on around them. As areas regenerate, new homes, residents and facilities can bring dramatic change to an area and can cause a disruption to social ties and a sense of community, as families and neighbours are rehoused in different locations. Older people may miss the close-knit community that they were once a part of and lose pride in their neighbourhood.
Local community-focussed businesses can make a real and positive difference to the wellbeing and quality of life of older people by developing projects in conjunction with charities, like Age UK. Community lunches, music events and dance classes, for example, can help to nurture old friendships and support new ones. Creating safe, warm spaces where people can meet, facilitates regular opportunities to get together and increase the connection to their communities.
MM works closely with local stakeholders including Age UK, to provide social activities for older,
local residents. The programme was designed to provide a healthy, nutritious lunch for members of the community, whilst also addressing the social isolation and loneliness that this group often experience, via food and activities. We provided free cookery classes for the group, to try and give them the confidence to prepare simple meals at home.
MM is inviting people, companies and policymakers across London, the UK and the world to join the movement to change food culture in the country. This is an open invitation for people who believe in:
Healthy, sustainable, living food made with rural, artisanal practices
Supply chains that prioritise quality over price and make good, healthy food available
The importance of community in cities across the world, starting with London
We are delighted to welcome you all back, with an array of international dishes from our food trading partners, fresh groceries and artisanal deli in our community markets, which have been expanded with new outdoor seating options.
The wellbeing of our guests and our team is always our priority, and at this time it is more important than ever. We have in place the necessary precautions to deal with the Covid-19 situation and keep our visitors safe. Here are the measures we are taking to ensure your visit is safe, including:
• Indoor and outdoor seatings which have been configured to maintain social distancing in line with Government’s guidelines.
• A reduced and limited number of guests temporarily allowed in our markets, with social distancing markings which are in place throughout the indoor and external areas.
• In compliance with the NHS “Test and Trace” system, we are keeping a temporary record of our visitors, to assist NHS with data requests if needed. Please rest assured that we do not use any personal detail collected for any other purpose and will destroy them safely after this NHS requirement ceases.
• Increased hygiene and cleaning of surfaces and restrooms.
• Hand sanitiser stations installed and easy to find around the markets.
While we handle the restrictions required to assist the NHS and the country during this uncertain time, we remain committed to providing all our visitors and citizens with a safe, enjoyable and unique MM experience. Stay tuned to our social media channels for updated opening hours.