Home Cooks Project puts people in Streatham in touch with older neighbours who would appreciate a home-cooked meal brought round from time to time.

Anyone in SW16 or immediate surrounding areas can become a cook; you just need to like cooking and be able to make an extra portion of food to take round to a neighbour.

We aim to match cooks and diners who are within a 5 minute walk or drive.

It’s so nice to have a break from my usual ready meals. Alison’s lasagna has been my favourite so far and I do so like seeing her too.
— Violet, 92

Become a Cook

  1. Sign up online here
  2. Wait for Home Cooks Project to find someone nearby for you to cook for
  3. Learn about food safely and if appropriate, undergo a DBS check
  4. Get in touch with your diner to discuss the details of the mealshare
  5. Start sharing your delicious food!

Refer a Diner

  1. Ask the person if they would like to receive an occasional meal and meet a neighbour
  2. Fill in their details here
  3.  Home Cooks Project will get in touch with them to explain how it works
  4. Once a cook has been found we will first let the diner know. Then we pass on their details and the cook will make contact and arrange the details of the first mealshare.


How often will I need to cook?

It could be a weekly, fortnightly or monthly mealshare, you decide.  The idea is that on the day you are due to visit your diner you just cook a bit more than you usually would and take it around at a time that suits you both.

What will happen when I visit my neighbour?

When you deliver the meal, you may be invited into your diner's house. You might want to stay for a chat and you might need to take the food into the kitchen for them. Sometimes you might just hand it over on the doorstep. Hopefully a friendship will develop naturally, over time.

How do you find the diners?

Diners are usually referred by community partners such as clubs, churches and outreach services but if you know somebody that would benefit, you can tell us about them and we will get in touch.

How long will it take before I am matched with a diner?

We match cooks and diners based mainly on their proximity; for the arrangement to be a success you should be within about five minutes walk or drive from one another. But we do take other things into consideration, such as practical issues and personality. So please be patient as it may be a little while before we find someone living close enough.

What training will I receive as a cook?

We trust that you already know how to cook! You'll be given safeguarding and basic food safety information, and you will need to undergo a DBS check.

Where do you operate?

We've started by focusing on Streatham, but if it takes off Home Cooks Project could expand into other areas too.