Celebrations bring extra joy to lunch club gathering

April 2012

Our PACE project at Claremont Lunch Club in Blyth has just celebrated its first year of helping to bring back joy into the lives of dozens of local people.

The first year celebrations were enjoyed by more than 30 regular guests who were entertained by The Linden Singers from Blyth before being served a three course lunch by a team of seven volunteers. The afternoon was rounded off perfectly with a series of much-loved games including pin the tail on the donkey, pass the parcel and bingo.

Held every Friday between 10am and 2pm at the Claremont Centre on Claremont Terrace, the lunch club aims to offer friendship and compassion to local people who are elderly, living alone or struggling to cope with bereavement. The volunteers and guests genuinely enjoy each other's company and the relaxed, friendly environment has helped to bring a number of guests out of their shell who had withdrawn from engaging with others because of personal distress in their lives.

Claremont Lunch Club is one of nine Parish and Community Enablement (PACE) projects set up as part of our community work. Although the lunch club is full at the moment, anyone interested can add their name to the waiting list by contacting Father Quinn on 01670 352513. Alternatively, if you are interested in setting up a project in your parish, or finding out more about PACE please contact Kathleen Urwin by email: kathleen.urwin@stcuthbertscare.org.uk or by calling: 0191 228 0111.