At Casserole the 2 week trial period has been well under way with 3 Diners being cooked for by 6 Cooks. After a couple of visits to local community groups and a market stall in Redhill town we managed to drum up interest and signup 22 Cooks and 4 Diners. In a small and effective trial we are looking to test how Casserole could work in a few different settings ranging rom a highly instructive and involved set up (where Casserole is involved in knowing each detail about the meal, time and date which it is going to be shared) all the way to having very little involvement at all (after literally just introducing a Cook to a Diner).
Already from the small prototype trial we’re beginning to get an idea of what exactly is important for both the Diners and Cooks. We’re learning what the most important areas are to address when it comes to trust and safety of the service as well as what the best way of running it from the users perspective will be. One area that is already emerging is the importance of a text service in communicating with all involved. Another area which has been highlighted is the importance of knowing what to ask at the signup stage for example knowing more about the person in terms of what they do, where they work and who they might know already in the Casserole project, we’ve found that when it comes to matching up people and introducing them having this kind of information makes it easier for people to understand just what type of person the Cook or Diner is.
All of these interesting findings will make it easier to start to understand and plan around how the long term Casserole service should operate in Redhill all the way way signing up to cooking and sharing meals. In the new year we are planning to run a fun event in order to share and celebrate what we’ve learnt from the first trial in Redhill and also showcase what we are planning to carry on running. Watch this space and keep your diaries open around mid January, we’ll be sending invitations our very soon, so if you want more info feel free to get in touch by joining our mailing list or dropping Murtz Abidi a line at email@example.com