New Pie Club aims to tackle isolation among men

A new project to tackle isolation among men could be expanded if it proves successful.

Friday, 30th March 2018, 11:00 am
Joanna Lacey, Food Nations director of operations, and Colin Mallen, Food Nations Mens Pie Club project coordinator launch the Mens Pie Club. Picture by Paul Norris.

Food Nation has launched a pilot project thanks to nearly £100,000 from the Movember Foundation to develop Men’s Pie Club.

It aims to bring men together through a shared love of pies to taste, cook and eat to help in the fight against male social isolation and physical and mental health problems.

Initially set up at George Street Social in Newcastle, it will welcome men from around the region and could be expanded if it proves successful.

The club is the brainchild of Food Nation founder Jamie Sadler, who is working with the national Men’s Health Forum to develop the idea.

Colin Mallen, Food Nation’s Men’s Pie Club project co-ordinator, said: “Social isolation and loneliness is not just growing among older men, but research shows there is an issue in other age groups too.

“The Men’s Pie Club feeds into the culture of food, bringing people together, forging bonds, making conversation, empowering them, and as a result creating a happier, healthier lifestyle.

“A pie club may seem odd given the bad press they receive for being unhealthy, but at the end of the day, who doesn’t love a hearty and comforting pie?

“The Men’s Pie Club will be a place of leisure where males can come together to informally learn about food, share skills and knowledge, achieve and socially interact.”

“We are delighted to be working with the Movember Foundation.”