Case study:
Abbeycroft Outdoors




Abbeycroft, together with partners, has delivered a staggering 58,500 meals since July 2020 through 3 different programmes:-

  • Family Park Cooking
  • Adventure Days
  • Reducing Isolation with Food.

Each of the programmes are designed to support families and individuals in financial hardship, as well as tackle food poverty, isolation and inactivity.

Family Park Cooking

Funded from the government’s Holiday Activity Fund via West Suffolk Council and Babergh District Council – sessions are delivered every school holiday across 8 locations with FREE spaces for families in financial hardship.

Families spend a day together in an outdoor location, doing fun, physical activity as well as cooking by a campfire. However, what makes this
project unique, compared to many other holiday food projects is that each family is also provided with a food meal box for a week, plus recipes and videos to encourage them to cook, simple, affordable and nutritious meals together at home.

Over the Christmas holidays the programme has also delivered Christmas lunch and Boxing Day ingredient boxes and an activity pack to
families across the region.

Families round a campfire

Family Park Cooking days have inspired us to spend more time outdoors as a family

We’ve seen our children’s confidence improve since coming to these sessions.

My confidence, as an adult, has improved since I’ve been coming to Family Park Cooking with my kids.

We’ve started cooking together at home now and everyone wants to get involved which is great.

Customer comments:

From Family Park Cooking

children doing archery

Activity days

Our outdoor adventure days for children aged 8-13 are delivered by The Abbeycroft Outdoor team and include a whole day of fun, structured, safe activities with our forest leaders. Places are completely free of charge to families in financial difficulty, or for children that have been negatively affected by bereavement, social isolation, reduced mental health, anxiety etc.

These sessions run across West Suffolk Council and Babergh District Council’s catchment during each school holiday.

Reducing Isolation with Food (RIF)

Bury St Edmunds Festive Food project and RIF has delivered 11,500 meals since 2020.

Funded by Bury St Edmunds Town Council and supported by Tesco, West Suffolk College and Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw – these two projects deliver heat-at-home meals throughout the year and at Christmas
(including hampers) to isolated adults spending Christmas day alone.

Food is prepared by students at West Suffolk College and delivered by the Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw team as well as local Councillors and volunteers and the entire initiative is coordinated by Abbeycroft’s
Outdoor team.

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58,500 meals is 58,500 plates of happiness delivered to people living in hardship.

Food binds us together and as a society, reaching out, combatting loneliness and helping those whose lives
just aren’t as they want them to be, is what these projects are all about.

Jo Churchill

MP Bury St Edmunds


Tackle food poverty

Increase physical activity


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Festive Food, Reducing Isolation with Food (RIF) and Family Park Cooking 

Rickshaw and the team at launch of RIF


The ‘Together During Lockdown’ programme includes a mix of gentle, physical activity sessions such as chair-based exercise and strength and balance,

RIF xmas image at college

20,000 meals provided to help tackle inequalities

Projects to tackle food poverty, isolation and inactivity have been coordinated during the last year by Suffolk’s largest independent health and lifestyle provider, Abbeycroft.


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Our Abbeycroft Outdoors partners

Babergh District Council
west suffolk
Holiday Activity Fund
Suffolk county council
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west suffolk college logo
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newmarket charitable foundation


To continue with this much-needed programme, we need additional funding, to be able to offer more meals and more opportunities to be active, feel connected and healthier.

The programme has already achieved positive outcomes, in terms of the client’s mental and physical wellbeing, however, we can do more.

Please get in touch if you think you can help – or share this page with someone who may be able to.

Thank You.