NOMINEES

Casserole Club
Community category

About

Helps people share extra portions of home cooked food with others in their area

Detailed Description:
Casserole helps people share extra portions of home cooked food with others in their area who might not always be able to cook for themselves. For those who aren’t on the internet, Casserole helps those who are offline to order meals, connect and pair up with local people - In fact most of the diners we have registered we’ve met personally and support through phone and text.

Known drawbacks of design:
not known

Website:
http://www.casseroleclub.com

Designed in:
2012

Status of realization:
In production

Challenge(s):
Co-existence, Food, Lifestyle, Network

Region of use:
Europe

Form/Impact/Context

Form
Casserole has been developed with the support of Surrey County Council and Reigate and Banstead Council and has been awarded funding from the Technology Strategy Board and the Design Council through their Independence Matters programme.

Impact
Casserole looks to tackle many of the gaps and barriers associated with typical volunteering like CRB checks and lengthy com- mitments by creating a community where users are in control. Participants decide how often theywish to cook or dine, and security checks are based around the idea of building trust and accountability within the community.

Context
We believe that food should be something enjoyed and celebrated no matter who you are, and that nothing beats a fresh homemade meal. Casserole couples the willingness of regular people to cook an extra portion of dinner to share (Cooks), with the needs of local community members who struggle to cook for themselves (Diners). Surrounding this sharing of meals is a local food community, with members exchanging recipes and cooking tips, participating in local events and sponsored cookery classes.

Other relevant information
After an initial two-week pilot in December, Casserole has recently relaunched an active pilot in the Redhill area of Surrey, and over the next two months we will be building and iterating the service and technology, with the intention to expand and move out of the pilot stage by Summer 2012.

Business

Is the design protected by patent or ip registration?
not known

How has the development of the design been financed hereunto?
Not known

Is there a plan for future investments?
Not known

Is there in-house competencies to secure market roll out of the design, with regards to investment, distribution, sales, etc.?
Not known

Credits

Designed by:
Future Gov

Title/Role:
not known

Professional status of designer:
not known

Nationality:
United Kingdom

City/Country of residence:
Surrey, UK